Welcome In Winter
December 21st marks the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, yielding the longest night of the year and the official transition from fall to winter. The Winter Solstice: a turning point towards a new cycle. A beautiful, natural time to reflect, rejoice and renew as we set our sights on the year to come, gathering inspiration from seasons past.
The solstice has been revered as a special moment in the annual cycle dating as far back as neolithic times (about 10,200 BC until between 4500 and 2000 BC). The knowledge of astronomical events would commonly guide activities like crop sowing, animal mating, and monitoring winter food reserves. Many cultural traditions and mythologies are derived from this. In Pagan tradition, the solstice lives as part of The Wheel of the Year with other equinoxes and solstices, an annual cycle of seasonal festivals.
So how can we leverage this day to align our truths and intentions for the cycles to come?
Tuning in with cycles is something we do subconsciously, which becomes even more potent when brought it into our conscious field. The patterns of the moon, the rhythmic cycle of breath, the tides of water on our planet - these all affect our connection to life. Just as we would set an intention for a New Moon or simply at the start of a yoga practice, we can use this time to reflect on what we are sewing for the spring rebirth.
Here are some affirmations to bring into your cyclical shift on this Winter Solstice.
I listen closely and quietly to myself.
I leave behind that which does not serve me as I move into this new season.
I accept change and movement forward with a light and joyful heart.
I am light.
I am joy.
I have vibrant gifts to share with the world. I am worthy.
I give myself permission to boldly step forward.
I am supported in my decisions.