A Winter Solstice Blessing:
May the longest night and the shortest day bring rest to your mind and soul, I pray.
May you find guidance, and may you find peace as the circle of light will slowly increase.
Embrace the magic that the darkness bears, breathe deep in the chill, and shift in the air.
May you always be blessed with the light from within, and may well-being be yours as a new cycle begins.
- Aurora Reykjavik
Today is the 2023 Winter Solstice! With the birth of the Sun, a new year begins. It begins a new cycle of life, transformation, and experiences. Welcome to a new chapter. We often think of the winter solstice as an event that spans an entire calendar day, but the solstice lasts only a moment. It represents the shortest day and longest night of the year and marks the official beginning of the winter season. This event has been celebrated by various cultures throughout history, symbolizing themes such as rebirth, renewal, and the return of the light.
During the winter season, we are encouraged to go within ourselves. Our soul's yearnings and new inspirations eventually emerge from our soul's dark and silent places. As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begins to deepen.
The winter solstice is connected to the sun's transition into the zodiac sign Capricorn in astrology as we move from Sagittarius to Capricorn tomorrow. In addition to affecting people's careers, relationships, and personal growth, this event is believed to affect the energy and characteristics they possess during this period.
Yule has been a time throughout history celebrating the sun's return and the birth of light as it slowly comes back into the sky. Yule is one of the oldest winter solstice festivals. Yule log burning is a symbolic ritual to release the past and get rid of old or negative energy you don't want to follow you into the new year. You can burn your own Yule log as a ritual.
Wishing you all a sacred Solstice full of blessings, love, and light.