Winter Solstice Celebration Thursday Dec 21 starting at 6:30 pm
$10.00 per person, please bring a snack to share after the celebration.
Winter Solstice’s uniqueness marks the longest night of the year. The dark triumphs but only briefly, for the Solstice stands as a turning point with proceeding days growing as the dark wanes and the Sun waxes in power. From the dark womb of the night, the light is born.
We experience early evenings, crisp mornings and the sharp silhouette of bare branches with Orion marching across the evening sky. As we witness the signs of winter, we think of turning inward, becoming quiet, introspective, staying at home more often, and sleeping longer. We counter these with the holiday rush, that instinct that says, shop till you drop, eat and drink more than we should, indulge in the richer fineries of life. Regardless of our spiritual or cultural heritage we can easily get caught up in the “Holiday Spirit” and that can leave us feeling depleted and a bit depressed.
Many of our customs associated with Winter Solstice and other festivities battle between dark and light which is won, naturally, by the light. This makes it the perfect time to set our intentions for the year. We can take this time to think about what we want to accomplish in the coming year, and what habits or practices we want to stop. Through ceremony, we make a list of all that we want to accomplish in the coming year, throw them onto the fire, watch those intentions fly up to the great spirit and come to fruition.
Let’s take this time to bring in the new year on a high note with intentions and goals to continue our path toward enlightenment.