Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why and How to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

SPINNING YOUR GOLD BLOG: Words that Open Hearts & Inspire Actions
Stonehenge, Wilshire, England
Happy Almost Winter Solstice, 
the shortest day and longest night of the year!

For hundreds of years, travelers from around the globe gather the morning of December 21 at Stonehenge and other sites to witness the sunrise in the forever sky. It’s a sacred time for you to reflect, release, renew, and restore. The ancients and your ancestors understood this critical time for coaxing and celebrating the sun’s return.


Why? Death and hardship were imminent without the sun’s light and warmth. Perhaps this year, you've experienced the death of your loved ones both 2-footed and 4-footed. It's painful to walk through the portal of grief alone. 

So imagine a huge bonfire being lit where people connected around community feasts and rituals. Symbolically these actions coaxed the sun back into their lives. The dancing, singing, and feasting also physically warmed their bodies and minds to the hope of spring--and the promises of life, food, and warmth!

Newgrange Monument, Ireland where the Winter Solstice is celebrated
How will you coax the “sun” to shine in your life again?
You’re invited to make a fresh start; think of people you are not spinning your gold with for whatever reasons and write them a Winter Solstice greeting be it a card, text, or email. Ask for forgetting and forgiving with a blessing for your relationship harmony. This can be a courageous act of reflecting your Spiritual Light to coax and expand the “sun” back into your life.

What miracle happens when you allow your Spiritual Light to return?
Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross (1541-1591) wrote a poem which someone else titled “The Dark Night of the Soul.” It’s said that while imprisoned, the only light came from a window so high up he had to stand on a stool to read. He compassionately knew that the things imprisoning you are not always clear-cut.


“A bird can be held by a chain or by a thread. Still, it cannot fly.” - St. John of the Cross 


While reflecting on 2017, do you feel bound by the heavy chains of regrets, unhappy relationships, or addictions to unhealthy habits, worries or substances? 

If not, then perhaps you might feel bound by the threads of discontent, procrastination, judgment, or boredom. 

Though lighter than chains, these threads can keep you tied to the past, not allowing you to happily move into December’s final holy days and the New You, New Year.


You're invited to go within to spin new golden threads of self-love. 
Consider these three action steps:
1) Find five besties to tell you why they love and appreciate you in one sentence or paragraph. 
Tell them that you’re adding their message to your 2017 Love Letter. Consider making this an annual tradition after you tell them why you love and appreciate them!

2) Write yourself a 2017 Love Letter using a pen or pencil. 
Describe the many ways you love yourself. “How do I love thee, ____ (your name), let me count the ways.” Review previous texts or emails you’ve received acknowledging your gifts. Address an envelope with a stamp to YOU. Ask a friend to surprise you by mailing the letter sometime in January 2018.

3) Affirm phrases like
I am love, I am. 
I am loving, I am. 
I am loveable, I am. 
I am loved, I am.

Now with this lighter, happier energy, perhaps you will return to your Spiritual Sunlight and out of any “dark night of the soul.” 

By taking these three action steps, you’ll replace the chains or threads in your mind and emotional body so that you might not only fly but soar in 2018!

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Copyright Lore Raymond, 2017. No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful Lore! I am going to try the three action steps.

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    1. Happy to hear you might try these three action steps.Let me know if you do and hoe you feel, Leila.

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  2. I love this post, the wisdom of the Winter Solstice and all your nurturing ideas Lore! I have led a large public Winter Solstice ritual for twelve years and am so inspired by the practice of leaving what no longer serves us in the dark and inviting what we are ready to cultivate in our lives into light. This year's theme is hope in the dark and after drumming down the sun, we do sufi dances, the ritual and then enjoy a soup supper together. It is so lovely and powerful! If you lived closer I would love for you to join us!

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    1. Ahhh, your invitation is accepted to join you...in SPIRIT....dear one. Thank you for including me. Twelve years is a long time to hold sacred space for any ritual...brava! I know what that feels like as my monthly writing group has been meeting for 12 years now. Namaste~

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    2. That is so powerful and inspirational. I'd love to be there together in spirit.

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  3. I love the solstice -- it always feels so hopeful. I always appreciate the background your posts offer.

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  4. Love #2! Looking forward to trying it!

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    1. HAPPY TO HEAR THAT #2 inpsired you, Barb~ Let me know when you get it in January.

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  5. Thanks for reminding us of the power of the winter solstice Lore. I love your 3 action steps!

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    1. Happy you enjoyed the 3 action steps! Tomorrow's the day!

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  6. So connected to the sun. I'm looking forward to the Year of the Dog!

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    1. I love the sun, too, espcially sunrise which I'm blessed to seemost days rise over Tampa Bay. I'm looking forward to these final days of 2017 and also the Year of the Dog. Heather Maria. Is this your astrological Chinese year?

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    2. No, mine is the year of the Tiger but I'm connected to the Dog in a special way.
      I Live in the East, in Milwaukee, WI near Lake Michigan. I'm blessed to see the sunrise sky from my window.

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  7. I love winter solstice. For me it marks the beginning of the march towards light. It's a reminder for me to let light in. I've been to Stonehenge (1998) and this past year I stood inside Newgrange. Awe inspiring.

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    1. Ahhhh...jealous! I'll get there one day. Merry Christmas, Peggy.

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  8. Ahh, I love how the wisdom of self-love will always heal us, inside and out. Thank you for these beautiful and insightful words.

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  9. I love your three action steps Lore. Will totally put them to practice and allow 2018 to take off on just the right note.
    xoxo, Z~

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  10. Love this , so today is summer solstice here and i will journal on this later today maybe as I sit on the beach and watch the sun go down , thank you

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