This year’s winter solstice is Tuesday, December 21st. It can also be referred to as the hibernal or hiemal solstice. The winter solstice occurs twice a year, once in each hemisphere, when the Earth’s poles tilt the furthest away from the sun. Some celebrate this seasonal change with traditions of renewal and honor the rebirth of the sun.
Release, Let Go, Renew
The first day of winter has always been special to me. It fills my heart with warmth when I think about the sun rising just a little bit earlier and setting just a little bit later. This year, I am going to try to accomplish 108 sun salutations. This is a yoga practice in which you repeat a sequence of moves 108 times. The number 108 has special significance for many reasons. According to YogaApproved.com, 108 equals 9 in numerology, "symbolizing universal love, eternity, and awaking. In Ayurveda, there are 108 sacred points on the body. In astronomy, the distance between the sun and Earth is roughly 108 times the sun's diameter."
Welcome the sun's rebirth with an evening of candlelight. Surround yourself with scented candles and draw a bath with soaking salts to wash away your stress and aches and pains. Feel renewed to take on all the coming holidays and winter will bring.
We have so many wonderfully scented candles in store to choose from. There is a scent for everyone!
Once winter roles around, I put out my bird feeder. I love to give the birds a little extra snack during the coldest part of the year. The birds seem to enjoy it too. It is also a common practice to place offerings of fruit around your yard for other furry creatures.
Mother Mag has some more great ideas on how to celebrate the winter solstice.
We'd love to hear about your winter solstice rituals in the comments!