Today is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. The beginning of winter. This is one of my favorite days of the year. The winter solstice is a time for reflection and contemplation. A time of rebirth. This year I chose a more simple celebration than the norm. Displaying your faith doesn’t have to be in big ornate and lavish rituals (I do like those too though) they can be simple and easy, so long as they hold meaning to you. Here is my plan if you wish to use it.
1. Have a big dinner a feast. Winter was traditionally a desolate time where people conserve food to ensure they make it through until spring. The feast demonstrates our faith that the Gods will provide for us in our lean times. I had pasta, fruit, and sausages.
2. Light candles throughout your home or Christmas lights. Winter solstice is, in fact, the celebration of the return of the sun. Most traditionally it is greens and reds and whites to represent the Holly King as well as reds and golds to portray the Oak King but pick something that sings to you. Or what you have at home, again it doesn’t have to be fancy.
3. I always make it a point to spend time in nature. This for me is a large bonfire in my backyard. I burn my yule log on this fire and celebrate the return of the light and the sun. I reflect on the previous year. What went well, what could have been better and what can I celebrate. No fire that’s okay. Go out for a walk, a park, a walking trail. Be part of nature. Light a candle on a small piece of wood or even just a little tiny fire in your cauldron.
4. Give thanks and set goals for the new year. What could be better, how can you be better? If you inclined or in need, the solstice is the perfect night to cast spells of attraction, abundance, and healing. What do you want to gain or increase as the light increases?