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Filtering by Tag: winter solstice

Honour the Season and It Will Honour You

Aisling FitzGibbon

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We are tumbling towards the shortest day of the year culminating in the Winter Solstice on the 21st December on Thursday. As the days shorten there is a sense of drawing inwards as the light diminishes. I have 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 encumbered 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 but it might serve someone else. 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 am also lightening my diet for cleansing on the inside and adding in my much loved detox methods; Epsom Salts baths, bentonite clay face mask and infrared saunas.

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.

How you can benefit from the Winter Solstice

· Create space for the new to emerge in your life. Declutter your personal space. It feels so good to feel lighter.

· Celebrate your victories and achievements of the year. Celebration is a Goddess principal that imbues your life with magic and meaning.

· 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. 

· Replenish your energy. Rest, eat nourishing foods and drink plenty of hydrating fluids that make you feel taken care of.

· 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. 

· Foster what is real and natural. Light beeswax candles and connect with the light. 

· 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 snap shot 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 was not 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 is real. 

Enjoy your festive season. Be safe. Be well. Be happy and most importantly Be yourself.

Love, Aisling xo 

Become a Goddess for the Winter Solstice

Aisling FitzGibbon


Today the sun stands still. Welcome to the Winter Solstice and to the imminent birth of the Solar New Year. For three days the sun appears to stand still in the sky giving us the opportunity to surrender to the powerful feminine energy of introspection and reflection. I like to use this time to look back on the year to celebrate achievements, to recall precious moments of perception gained and to give thanks. It is an occasion to shed what's no longer needed for the new cycle of life.

I use ritual to mark this time of year. During the day, I eat lightly and drink lots of water. During the longest night, I will step into a relaxing bath, lit by the softness of candle glow. To this I'll add epsom salts to help remove any physical impurities through my skin. I'll surrender to any feelings that come to the surface. I will relax, release and let go.  

As this is a time for creating visions, I plan to dream big. Imprinting intent into visions at this potent time paves the way to their possibility. A few years ago I envisioned meeting my soul mate. I imagined how I'd feel and I wrote down exactly what I wanted in a life partner. I immediately released any attachment to outcome which opens up the energy bodies to receive. I simply stated what I wanted but had no idea how it was going to happen. I trusted that it would.

In less than a year I was invited by Paddy Casey to his concert in Dublin. Thank you Paddy. On the day I was meant to travel I wanted to cancel and stay at home as the country was being lashed with ferocious winds. Us Irish are not suited to vicious weather attacks and it was Christmas when most of the country were still in hibernation. My mum felt I was meant to go and had already booked my train ticket. 

After the concert I met a girl called Tara who invited my friend Adrienne and I to Whelan’s bar in Dublin. So with a large pink suitcase the size of a small country I trotted off. Eager to hide my monster case I found a spot behind an equally enormous Christmas tree. As I emerged from the foliage, with tinsel trapped in my hair, I literally bumped into a man with a beard and a smile. Richie. The vision I once had was already beginning to journey into my reality.

Today I invite you all to tap into this magical time with me. Try to spend some time in quiet reflection and listen to the whispers of your dreams, the messengers from your future.

Eat lightly, drink lots of filtered water, breathe deeply. Go for a walk in nature. At 9 pm prepare for your bathing ritual. As you run your bath put two cups of Epsom salts into the water. Stay in the bath for at least 20 minutes as you contemplate on what you want to shed and what you want to happen for the next cycle of your life.

We can look forward in three days from now to the rebirth of the sun, the harbinger of hope, light and promise. The rising feminine energy will then prompt us to open our hearts to give and to receive love. But for now enjoy the anticipation as we wait. Happy Winter Solstice everyone. 

Aisling x