Winter Solstice

Element: Earth (Sun Enters Capricorn at the Winter Solstice)

In this article you will find helpful information on how to work with the Winter Solstice from Lisa Michaels, founder of Natural Rhythms and author of the book, LunaSol. Click here to take a look at LunaSol.

“Solstice means “Sun Standstill,” and Winter Solstice is the shortest day and darkest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the place on the Wheel where the sun, which went deep into the dark space of the womb during Samhain, is reborn. After this point you see a gradual day-by-day increase in light until it reaches its peak at Summer Solstice and begins its turn toward the darkness once again. Winter Solstice, also known as Yule, typically falls between December 20 and 23, and is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It functions as the seed point for the solar cycle, just as a new moon does for the lunar cycle. Its impact functions in your life for a full year, a complete growing cycle.”

Winter Solstice is seen as the time when the Goddess gives birth to the “sun,” or “son,” the masculine principle. The light of the sun emerges, reborn out of the darkness year after year. Thus, traditionally you honored this point on the Wheel by bringing evergreen trees into your home to represent the everlasting nature of the Earth Goddess. They were decorated with images representing what you wanted to bring into your life for the coming year. Gold balls represented the life force of the sun, icicles symbolized rain, paper money or coins stood for abundance, pine cones and acorns implied fertility.

This is a time of year of holy days and holidays, most cultures engage in celebration. As part of your celebration of the festival of light, and as you honor Winter Solstice, give deep thanks for the bringer of light, the sun, and all it contributes to your life. Consider ceremonially hanging lights from your home to illuminate the darkness and recall the rebirth of the light.

During this darkest phase of the year, you are called to reflect on the past year, giving gratitude for all your blessings, and to dream and create the next stage of development for your desires and goals. How you begin this cycle with the Capricorn new moon influences your entire upcoming year.

Choose the one or two ideas you need most to work with, then focus on those. Intentions function best when there are only one or two to concentrate on in any cycle.

Personal Action Suggestions for Winter Solstice:

  • Honor and give deep thanks for the bringer of light, the sun, and all it contributes to your life.
  • Connect to the light within and light a candle to honor your inner light.
  • Allow time to turn inward. Nourish yourself, taking quiet time to reflect. Allow 
yourself to rest as nature is resting. Allow the darkness to nurture you.
  • Determine where in your life you are ready for renewal and rebirth.
  • Ask yourself where you need to be more whole and complete unto yourself.
  • Plant creation seeds for your life to expand during the next growing cycle by creating a dream board for the year ahead.
  • Create a yearly completions and blessings list from last Winter Solstice to this one.

Business/Professional Action Suggestions for Winter Solstice:

  • Express gratitude for all you’ve received in your business throughout the seasonal cycle this year. Create a simple ceremony or altar to honor your creations for the past year.
  • Allow the elements to support your new growing cycle. Tune into Air and ask for information about your most effective focus for the year ahead.
  • Connect with Earth, and plant creation seeds for your business and professional development to expand during the next growing cycle by creating a dream board for the year ahead.
  • Pay attention to Water to determine what feelings you need to connect with in order to magnetize your desires.
  • Ask Fire what right-aligned actions you need to take to energize your creations.
  • Open to receive support from Spirit.
  • Infuse grace and ease into your business for the growing cycle ahead. Ask yourself how you can allow things in your business to be simpler and flow even better, creating more abundant success.

Elemental Guidance

If you have an Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle, you may want to draw cards for additional guidance from each element and/or add insight from other decks or through journaling. This is the question to ask the elements

Give thanks to each of the elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit) one by one and ask 
“What is my creation message for the year ahead?”

Feel into what the message from each elements are for you. Next ask the unified field of all of the elements and Spirit for a collaborative message for the year ahead.

Rhythmically Create A Year Of Magical Manifestations With Nature As Your Guide

You can find articles for each new moon, full moon, and Wheel Of The Year points here on The Goddess Lifestyle Plan® blog. Each article focuses on one foundational rhythmic power point so you can utilize it to boost the potency of your creation capacity working with the present energies.

By aligning with these energetic windows, you’ll receive potent additional life and business support and guidance.

Understanding the rhythmic power points of the year will assist you in aligning your manifestations with the natural world to increase your results.

silver-moon-divider Lisa Grantham

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