themes ~ honoring the darkness, welcoming the light
The shortest day and longest nite of the year, Winter Solstice has been celebrated throughout the ages. It is a festive time of year, usually involving much revelry and gift-giving. It feels like the right thing to do... to enjoy ourselves as much as possible during this dark time so that our joy will help welcome the light back into the world.
There are some traditions that focus on the battle between the dark and the light, and we are shown that both are valuable... they live because of one another. So on this, the longest nite, honor the darkness before you call in the light. Recognize and release any resentments, regrets or other unpleasanties that have burdened you this year. Say farewell, thank them, and know they will be transformed.
Create an image representing that which you want to release (words, drawings, etc). Spend a few moments with this image, then bid it farewell by setting it on fire. (safely) Scatter the ashes.
Now breathe, smile and embrace the light of the new season/year without that heavy weight. Create another image (or list) of what you'd like to manifest in the new season/year. Keep it, bury it, do what feels right with that list. Just remember it!
Candles, glitter, twinkle lights, evergreens, rosemary, cinnamon, clove.... (some images and aromas to inspire at this time)