Winter solstice is celebrated all over the world. It usually dates somewhere around December 21st in the northern hemisphere and June 21st in the southern hemisphere.
Winter solstice falls into the same time period as the Christianized holiday widely known as Christmas on December 25th. Yuletide, Channukah and Kwaanza, Modranicht, Saturnalia, Ignat… are also celebrated around this time of the year.
Many of the lores and customs of Christmas originated from pagan celebrations. When we take a closer look at the mythologies, symbols and rituals each festival commemorates, they might not be so different after all.
These commonalities make it possible to combine holiday observations with friends and family who might hold different meanings for the same rituals. Yule, a term derived from the Norse Jul or The Wheel, is one of the solstices and equinoxes in the Wheel of the Year. The yule log, like the Christmas tree, is just one of many similar traditions.
Yule was commonly celebrated all week long by ancient pagan cultures with sensual feasting and dancing. Druidic colors of red, green and white as well as the mistletoe mark westernized holidays. Shamanic cultures in the North Pole might also have something to do with current Christmas traditions.
Personally I would love to live in a world where anyone can celebrate what they want, how they want and if they want, without pressure to conform to one particular observance. How lovely it would be to live on a planet with an open diversity of many cultures, rituals and individuals.
After I stopped celebrating Christmas because it no longer held meaning for me, I continued to experience that inner wonder and excitement at this time of the year. In fact, that seasonal bliss is even more prominent than usual.
Perhaps this winter wonder is a culmination of all my past life experiences, but as I grow into more harmony with the Earth’s dynamic and vibrant energies, I feel more alive myself….
In place of the holiday scrambled rush I had typically experienced during Christmas, a blissful calm now permeates me instead. The only thing I need to celebrate winter solstice is nature, and all its magnetic beauty contained therein. Thankfully I live near a lot of nature in the Pacific Northwest.
As I spend less time focusing on holiday consumerism and family obligations, I become more aware of the changing seasons of nature. During Winter Solstice, I simultaneously attune to my own organic evolution toward light and love.
Because the winter solstice carries less tradition than other holidays, I feel free to celebrate however I’d like, if at all. Symbolic ritual still has its place but I keep it simple so it doesn’t overshadow what it intends to represent: my emotions, which connect me to my soul or true self.
Those feminine energies I had suppressed in fear of rejection for most of my life are now free to flow in spontaneous expression. This is what my Winter Solstice altar represents.
This year I have some simple tealight candles glowing next to fallen pine branches I gathered from the yard. Beyond my simple altar, from where I sit as I type these words, I can see snow falling elegantly from the sky, the first of the season.
Listening to my favorite songs on my “Strange and Beautiful” playlist makes this solstice even more emotionally meaningful to me.
I chose tealights in a backdrop of darkness on purpose for my altar. Pagans consider the wintry solstice a time when the Goddess sleeps and the Sun God begins to awaken as the days grow lighter.
While it’s one of the darkest days of the year, it’s celebrated as light. The theme of renewing light or the incarnation of light into a dark world holds special meaning to me as a starseed witch. My light is very much intertwined with my darkness, and the sleeping world around me.
Starseed souls have a specific mission for their incarnations to carry light frequencies to the Earth in order to support humans in their evolution. Many starseeds, indigo children and light workers are waking up to their missions at this time as the Earth evolves into the fifth dimension.
This is why we see a lot of changes taking place in politics and economics and social values… as well as the ensuing chaos we might feel because of those changes occurring. Change is another theme of the solstice.
Starseeds commonly feel a little lonely as we quietly hold our confident inner insights the world might not be fully ready to accept. But we’re patient as we protectively incubate the light of our soul, because we intuitively know it will naturally and spontaneously expand in time.
When more of us starseeds and humans awaken to our multidimensionality, we will have lots of reasons to dance and celebrate. This is when antiquated traditions and controlling religions will dissolve into more meaningful ritual. Or perhaps that deeper existential purpose will become an aspect of our everyday lives.
This new era will reveal itself when more of us are less afraid to be our true self. The diverse individual will be celebrated by Earth as a whole, organic, and dynamically evolving community. It will happen, and it’s already happening, beginning with each of us.