Winter Solstice is Monday, December 21st. It is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Energetically, it is an excellent opportunity to mindfully and powerfully release old baggage that no longer serves us; habits, ways of thinking, dark and stuck energies. From the 21st December until the Summer Solstice in June, the length of the days, the number of minutes/hours of sunshine increases and we can play with that as expansive energy. That expansiveness can feed the seeds of intention that we plant now.
There are three parts: preparation, ritual, follow-through. I am sharing my process with you in this post in hopes that it will give you inspiration, ideas and a gentle nudge.
This morning, I did a meditation, specifically requesting assistance with my own Winter Solstice ritual, which I will hold on Monday. While the whole of Autumn has been a good time to prepare (as in gathering acorns) for this ritual, now is the time to determine what ritual will work for you and what you will want to do to be ready for it.
In my meditation, after calling in my unseen support team, I created a meeting of Body, Mind, Spirit and Heart. I let the format come to me intuitively. I’ve been working with the imagery of leaving bags on the platform and getting on the train to a chosen new destination with clients. So, it’s no surprise that this is what I worked with today.
Body was the first to speak, followed by Heart, Mind and finally Spirit. While I won’t reveal to you the specifics, I am happy to share the structure.
Create your metaphor or story-scape – set the stage
My stage was a train boarding platform, bags that were to be left behind, trains with destination signs to be filled in as part of the meditation.
Release – What are you no longer willing to carry? What no longer serves you? What will you leave behind?
I asked: What bags will you leave behind on the platform?
Intention – With what do I want to fill the energetic space I’m creating for myself? Where do I want to powerfully point myself?
I asked: Where is the train, you are boarding, headed?
Follow-through – What is one action I will take to give energetic support to my intention?
I asked: What is the first powerful action I will take on board that train?
Body, Heart, Mind and Spirit were interviewed one at a time and their responses were both expected and surprising. I love the imagery I got from Mind. Rather than the usual flood of words, I got the intended shift in the form of a symbol that unfolded into a new symbol.
I then asked them the same group of questions as an aligned whole. Again I got an image that showed how unaligned they’ve been and a symbol of what their new alignment would look like. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Before closing this meeting of Body, Mind, Spirit and Heart, I asked for guidance in creating my ritual. Knowing I will be away and unable to enjoy the complete privacy of my own woods, I wanted it to be “portable.”
Again, I am sharing this with you to prompt your own creativity. You know best what will work for you.
Create the space
- Make the space on your calendar
- Give yourself the amount of privacy or community you want
- Ground yourself and become present, align Body, Mind, Spirit, Heart
- Call in whatever unseen help you like through invocation and invitation
- Perhaps honor the Four Directions or Elements of Air, Water, Earth, Fire
Carry out the ritual
- Do something that symbolically transmutes that which you are releasing (I am collecting rocks to represent the bags to be left behind and placing in them those things that BMSH told me they are releasing)
- Let your body feel the heaviness or stuck-ness you are about to let go
- Let your mind feel the constriction of holding on to the old thoughts associated with what you are now releasing.
- Let your heart feel the gratitude for what this meant to you in the past and the sadness or joy of goodbye
- Let your spirit feel the how trapped it has felt and the new expansiveness about to become available to it
- Align into the whole of you and offer up these things you are letting go for transmutation. (I am going to listen to the rocks and let them tell me what to do. I’m not sure yet if I will be in the canyon or at the beach. If I’m at the beach, I will probably place them where the water can tug at the energies I left in the rocks and dissolve them into the great ocean.)
- Know that you are not releasing negativity into the world if you ask the Divine and Nature to transmute them
- Take a moment to breathe and reground
- In some way, demonstrate your commitment to your intentions: declare them out loud to your surroundings or to your circle, create a line you will step over, write them and put them in a jar on your altar, whatever comes to you. Perhaps you will get a melody to hum or your body will want to dance, walk, jump, skip. (I plan to watch the sun set in the water)
- Save room for being surprised by what shows up in the moment, a bit of improvisation and play
- Take a breath and reground
- Let yourself be infused with the energy of the planting of this new seed of your powerful intention and know, have full faith that it will be.
- Suggestion: say “This or something better, with harm to none. Let it be and so it is.”
- Connect with your circle if you have friends with you
- Thank the unseen friends/Divine/guides you called in at the beginning of your ritual
- Remember to take the simple action steps that you set for yourself in your meditation/preparation
- It might be helpful for you to create reminder notes and to ask friends for support
- Don’t be surprised if some things in your physical reality, emotional, mental or spiritual health shift as a result of this
- Keep a journal to track your follow-through and what shows up along the way
I made this up. It’s a synthesis of other rituals of which I’ve been a part. You can make up whatever you want. You might enjoy creating a collage, using a fire to burn the old, writing a letter about your intentions and putting it where you’ll find it in June or next December.
The point is the power of consciously and intentionally letting things go and making new choices, taking new actions that serve the life you want to be living. Doing so at any time is empowering. Doing so on Winter Solstice aligns you with the cycles of nature which brings a powerful boost to the process.
Co-Creating with the Universe
Pay attention and watch for signs. I have had repeatedly seen, read about, and come across red and white roses. I will make sure to have at least one of each with me on Dec 21st.
A great resource for solstice rituals and working with nature is Nature-Speak by Ted Andrews. It contains a wonderful visualization as well. I highly recommend it. (While searching for the link, I discovered that Ted passed away October 24th of this year. What a bounty of gifts he left in his wake!)
Many blessings to you, dear readers. May you walk in Beauty.
There are so many things to celebrate in a year and one of the main ones is YOU. When you hire me as your personal coach, you can design the goal of the coaching to uniquely suit you. I have a number of clients who use our coaching to help them develop their spiritual practices, awaken in a way that transforms their lives and harness the wisdom of their own hearts. We invite soul and earth to assist us. Are you ready? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can have a conversation about how I might serve you and your beautiful life.
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