For many in the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice heralds a future featuring long, cold, dark months. However, for others, the Winter Solstice an extremely spiritual day full of sacred rituals.
To some, that extra darkness actually adds to the spiritual significance of the Winter Solstice.
It was believed that on this day, the Moon would give birth to the Sun
The Winter Solstice is associated to numerous spiritual meanings, making it so much more than just the year’s shortest day.
For many cultures around the world, the Winter Solstice – which this year falls on Sunday, December 22 – marks an important milestone.
The Winter Solstice the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year, signalling a significant transition between seasons that is impossible to ignore.
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Winter Solstice: Some believe the Winter Solstice has a spiritual meaning
Winter Solstice: Some consider it an extremely spiritual day full of sacred rituals
The Solstice has consequently been celebrated and revered in ancient civilisations, indigenous cultures, and various religions.
All of which have their own rituals for taking advantage of the unique spiritual energy.
According to astrology site Forever Conscious: “The Winter Solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection.
“In Pagan times the Winter Solstice was referred to as Yule and was a celebration of the Goddess (Moon) energy.
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“It was believed that on this day, the Moon would give birth to the Sun.”
The Winter Solstice this year falls only three days before Christmas.
This is not just a happy coincidence; in fact, this is a due to a far deeper meaning.
Spiritual site Alokananda.com writes: “The spiritual and energetic significance of the Winter Solstice is multi-layered, but the most direct relevance is that it symbolises the birth of the Sun.”
The birth of the sign is believed by some to represent the birth of Jesus.
Winter Solstice: To some, that extra darkness actually adds to the spiritual significance of the Winter Solstice
Alokananda.com adds: “The birth of these higher beings at this time of the solstice was symbolic of the birth of the spiritual Sun within, that we are not separate from the creator, as we have been conditioned to believe to feel that we are less than divine beings.”
The Winter Solstice is also thought to be a period of quiet energy.
This can allow you to take the chance reflect on yourself and focus on what you want to achieve.
The Winter Solstice is also a time to set goals and intentions for the coming year, examine and release your past and to make positive personal changes.