Return of the Light – The Solstice
Whatever celebrations you observe at this time of the year, may they be filled with joy and peace.
For me, the Solstice is my most holy day of the year. I turn inward, I pause and reflect. I respect and observe the ancient wisdom of honoring the darkness of winter as it inexorably begins its return to the light.
My Simple Solstice Ritual
I honor the darkness by reflecting on what has been.
I turn my thoughts to what I have received and my gratitude for all that has taken place this past year.
I acknowledge what I have let go, appreciating my ability to sort, shift, release, evolve, grow and heal.
I honor my gifts, my bounty, my insights and learnings. I honor my lessons and losses, my grief and sadness.
I light a candle, honoring the return of the light.
I cultivate and nurture what I am intending to create and manifest in the coming year.
I honor Who I Am, and commit to the light of consciousness, healing and evolution.
Creating a Solstice Ritual
Here are some thoughts to ponder should you want to create a Solstice Ritual for your spiritual practice and honoring of the season.
Acknowledge the darkness, that velvety, inky, blackness — the vast expanse of the Cosmic field and its infinite potentiality. You consciously create in that vastness, it is your field of potentiality as much as it is mine! Darkness is fertility, the soil of creation.
Honor the light, the emergent, the seed planted and germinating in the soil of your conscious awareness. Light emerges from darkness. It’s always darkest just before the dawn.
Hold the intention of the emergent in your heart and mind.
Then, throughout the year, breathe life into the ritual by doing the things that bring your cultivation, your idea into form. As a wise 7-year old said,
You can’t just make a wish and have it come true. That’s not how it works. You have to DO the wish
For those of you who have Solstice Rituals, please share them in the comments below. I’ll enjoy learning from you, seeing how you celebrate this holy acknowledgement of the season.
Blessed Solstice to you.