In the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year and the shortest day with the least amount of sunlight. It is the dark silence before the Sun's strength builds and the return of the light.
The quiet energy of Winter Solstice is a natural time to honor our own darkness. Negative thoughts and emotions can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and we often fear them or feel wrong for having them. This is a powerful time to allow ourselves to notice uncomfortable thoughts and feel gloomy emotions. By doing this we give ourselves the opportunity to learn from our dark side, which can be a great catalyst for personal growth and transformation.
Honor the Winter Solstice by resting in the stillness. Center within. Release what no longer serves you and set intentions and goals for the year ahead. Take a cue from Nature, where seeds are lying dormant, buried in the Earth, before the steady swell toward the brighter days of Spring.
Stones for Honoring Winter Solstice Energy
Citrine is the sunbeam crystal. It holds the energy of sunlight during the dark, long days of winter. It is warm, comforting, energizing and life-giving.
Lapis Lazuli is the color of a clear winter night sky. It supports looking within, deepening meditation and self compassion. This stone supports those who seek to expand their experience, freedom, and journeys.
More Ways to Honor the Winter Solstice
- Spend the night by candlelight. Rest in the stillness of the longest night of the year.
- Mix up some Wassail, a hot drink made from spiced cider, and toast to good health.
- Set Intentions for the New Year. What do you want to be, do and experience this coming year?
- Give Back to Nature. Decorate an outdoor tree with edible treats for birds and squirrels. Swipe peanut butter on a few pine cones and hang them from the branches.
- Adorn yourself in Light. Layer Highlight Stick and Bronzing Stick and allow your true self and light shine.