About the Winter Solstice Tradition
Winter solstice, also known as Yule, is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It is a time of both foreboding and expectancy, but remember the longest night leads to the reviving of the sun. It is a turning point, and allows us a rest while waiting for growth to begin again. This is also the day before the last new moon of 2014 , a bring cycle, making it a perfect time for new beginnings we want to manifest in the new year.
Winter Solstice is when the sun reaches its southern and northern points from the equator and seems to pause before reversing course. “Solstice” in Latin means “the sun standing still.”
In ancient times, observers watched the sun sink lower in the sky each day, and feared it would disappear completely and leave them in darkness.
Many cultures practice special rituals intended to entice the sun’s return. Bonfires and candles, with their imitative magic, help to strengthen the waning sun and ward off the spirits of darkness. These symbols live on in our modern seasonal customs: the candles of Hanukkah and Christmas are kin to the fiery rites of old, which celebrated the miracle of the earth’s renewal.
These traditions reflect our need to come together in times of extended darkness. We celebrate not only the rebirth of the sun, but the community of life on earth.
Again this Winter Solstice coincides with the New moon tomorrow, the last one of the year!!! Think and meditate on your desires and manifestations for the coming year!!!