As we wait to celebrate the Winter Solstice which is upon us in a few short days - I wish I could gaze into one of our crystal balls and see what the next three months will have in store for us….. just until the next Equinox - which will be celebrated on the 21st September - but alas I cannot !!
I know it will be cold and also, that there will be a Blue moon in July - this will occur on the 31st July . The next blue moon will appear on the 21 May 2016, so remember to celebrate this one which will be appearing next month . The term “blue moon" is used to describe the third full moon of a season that has four full moons, or a month that has two full moons. So, now, we understand the saying, "Once in a blue moon " !!
Winter solstice, has been celebrated in cultures around the world for thousands of years. Solstice comes from the Latin word for “sun “and to “stand still “. This is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight throughout the whole year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs around the 21st or 22nd of December. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is around the 21st or 22nd of June. We, here in Gauteng, will celebrate this day on Sunday 21 June at 18.39.
The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. It is also the start of the increase in the hours of daylight, until the Summer Solstice, when darkness becomes ascendant once more.
Wiccan's and Pagans celebrate Yule , Jul , meaning "wheel ".This celebration, one of the eight Sabbats , is deeply rooted in the cycle of the year, - it is the seed time of the year, and the longest night and the shortest day when the Goddess, once again becomes the Great Mother and gives birth to the new Sun King. In a poetic sense it is "the dark night of our souls “”, in which springs the spark of hope. Yule is a fire festival, but not a public one, it lends itself more to private and domestic celebration. That of family and friends. One where all exchange gifts and honour the sun. It is associated with fertility and the continuation of life. Houses are decorated in red, green and white, colours that hark back to Druidic tradition. Yule logs, pine cones and mistletoe. Some even leave the mistletoe above their doorways until the next year, as a good luck charm throughout the year !
Honour the new Solar year with light - do a Solstice Eve ritual in which you meditate in darkness and then welcome in the birth of the sun by lighting candles. If you have a fire place - burn a log, display coloured lights both in and outside of your home.
Contribute to the manifestation of wellness of Planet Earth and donate food and clothing to the poor in your area. Put up bird feeders and keep them filled through winter. Meditate for world peace and work magic for a healthier place, and home for all.
Working towards world peace, and raising consciousness - surfing the internet,we found the following, and think that would be great for everyone to join into. The Solstice 2015 Activation with Archangel Michael and the Sacred Circle Animal Spirits on www.starchildglobal.com. This global meditation will create a progressive wave of energy around the World, and wouldn’t it be wonderful for all of us to join in. Please give us feedback on Facebook on your experience, and meditation . We would love to hear
Crystal blessings and Happy Yule to all
The Crystal Spirits team