Got the winter blues or been feeling a little flat lately? Here at HartRoks HQ we can definitely relate!! Those crisp dark mornings, trees barren of any leaves and 5pm nightfall are definitely a stark reminder that the season of Winter is well and truly upon us! And, if you are anything like me who has a self-diagnosed allergy to the cold weather, then this time of the year is difficult to endure. Despite my best efforts to recognise and honour each one of the seasons for the wisdom and beauty it beholds, I can’t help but feel a little flat by Melbourne’s seemingly never ending winter season and l’m ashamed to admit I definitely curse Winter more than I praise it. However, with all that said, I decided to make extra effort to celebrate and honour winter solstice this year.
What is Winter Solstice?
Put simply, it is the shortest day of the year, meaning that it is also the longest and darkest night of the year. It occurs as the Earth's poles reach its maximum tilt away from the Sun. Occurring twice in a calendar year, once in the Southern Hemisphere which happens in June and once in the Northern Hemisphere in December. This year Winter Solstice falls on Monday 21 June 2021.
Anciently, the night was honoured with celebrations and rituals. In the modern day world, different cultures around the world still celebrate the night honouring their ancestors with the rituals that have been passed down through generations. For those of us who don’t have strong ties with our ancestors and their spiritual belief system the general consensus over all cultures was that Winter solstice marked the symbolic death and rebirth of the sun. Also, the recognition that after winter solstice, the days start becoming longer as spring approaches.
What does it mean spiritually?
Winter Solstice is an opportunity to honour the lessons that can be learnt if we chose to consciously link our energy to the energetic characteristics of Winter. This means slowing down, making more time to rest, becoming more introspective and doing the work to release old and out-dated versions of ourselves. The long dark night or symbolic death of the sun represents a great stillness before the sun starts to slowly rebuild its strength and move towards brighter days. At a personal level, if we take the time to honour Winter Solstice we too can rebuild our strength and begin the process of re-birthing a new version of ourselves ready to re-emerge in Spring.
What can you do to make the most of this time?
The best way to make the most out of this potent time is to do as the sun is doing and take extra time to retreat. Gift yourself time to listen deeply to the yearnings of your soul. It is a time of rest and release so that seeds of transformation and inspiration can be planted ready to eventually blossom and bloom. This means quiet time, make space to do some inner work and ask the big questions; What do I want? What do I need? What changes do I need to make?
Now is not necessarily the time to take action but rather sit back and make some space for your souls deep longings to be heard.
The presence of the extra darkness in the night is metaphysically symbolic of the shadowy elements of the personality. You may notice that parts of your shadow side may be more present over the next few days. The shadow side of our personality is nothing to fear or shy away from, in fact nurturing an understanding of our shadow side is one of the key elements for personal growth and transformation. So get inquisitive into the strong emotions, feelings and moods that may be present and what they may be trying to communicate to you.
Winter Solstice is the perfect energetic backdrop to facilitate a personal awakening!
Read on (our next blog) for our Winter Solstice ritual.