Today’s the Winter Solstice which is the shortest day of the year. As the day shorten there’s a sense of drawing inwards as the light diminishes. I’ve the urge to clear away any energy that’s heavy and restrictive.
Emotional baggage that hasn’t been dealt with comes up now to be resolved. If we miss that opportunity and suppress how we feel, we go into the New Year held down with the debris of the old and prone to the January blues.
The energy of the Solstice provides a wonderful opportunity to cleanse and purify on all levels. The Celtic Druids were very much aware of this and underwent ritualistic cleansing in sweat lodges. The Winter Solstice was a time of renewed hope and change and they used this opportunity to rid themselves of what they no longer needed for the coming year.
I don’t know about you but I feel a deep urge to clear my personal space of anything that no longer serves me. The car is loaded with stuff for the charity store and the recycling centre and it gives me such a sense of lightness of being. Along with clearing on the outside I also lighten my diet for cleansing on the inside and adding in my much loved detox methods; Epsom Salts baths, Fragrance Alchemy, bentonite clay face mask and an infrared sauna.
The Solstice is the time to take stock of what we have and what we want to get rid of. We are creating space for the new to emerge in our lives.
My 7 Top Tips for Celebrating the Winter Solstice:
1) Create space for the new to emerge in your life. Declutter your personal space. It’s so good to feel lighter.
2) Celebrate your victories and achievements of the year. Celebration is a Goddess principal that imbues your life with magic and meaning.
3) Acknowledge the things that didn’t work so you can refine your approach. Appreciate the insights gained. Write a letter to the future self you wish to embody for the coming year based on wisdom gained this year.
4) Replenish your energy. Rest, eat nourishing foods and drink plenty of hydrating fluids that make you feel cherished and cosy.
5) Nostalgia pulls us into the energy of the past. Let it go. Remember that feelings of melancholia arise when we anchor our happiness onto expectations of past experience. Focus on the present moment.
6) Foster what is real and natural. Light natural beeswax candles and connect with the light.
7) Spend time with people you love and who love you. Open your heart to the love that is always available.
Stories passed down over the centuries give us a snapshot of Celtic rituals performed. The Druids would bring a live tree indoors at the Solstice for wood spirits to have a warm place during the cold winter months. Afterwards the tree would be replanted.
I wasn’t aware that this was a Celtic tradition but for the past few years we have brought a growing tree into the house to be replanted in the spring. It smells divine and so real. I feel anchored into my soul when I connect with what’s real.
Enjoy your festive season and most importantly be your true self.
Love, Aisling xo