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A Simple Winter Solstice Ritual: Honoring the Longest Night

Date 5/30/2024
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Prepare for the Winter Solstice with this simple act.

Prepare for the Winter Solstice with this simple act.

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We have always honored the changing of the seasons. Marking the points where they shift from one to another reminds us of the ever-changing cycle of life. The Winter solstice is one of those points of transition. The Winter solstice’s energy lends itself especially well to contemplation, as we emerge from the longest night of the year to witness the rebirth of the light.

Given how profound the spiritual significance of the winter solstice is to cultures around the world, it’s no surprise that many cultures have their own unique rituals to mark the occasion. No matter the time of year, ritual acts can sometimes give our life meaning. But rituals don’t need to be complex to be meaningful. There are many thoughtful and spiritual solstice traditions that don’t need elaborate preparations. Plus, sometimes a simple act done with a pure intention in your heart is all it takes to nourish your soul. 

With this in mind, here is one of my favorite ways to honor and harness the energies of the Winter Solstice. This minimalist ritual plants the seeds for what you’d like to manifest over the next several months, while also connecting with the essence of solstice simply.

You can prepare in advance of the Winter Solstice, which falls on Thursday, December 21, 2023, at 10:27 pm EST. 

Here’s what you’ll need:  

  • some writing paper
  • some flowers that you like
  • a candle (I find that a tealight candle works just fine)
  • Something special to eat or drink (optional, but recommended)

6 Steps to Prepare for the Winter Solstice:

  1. Write a list of what you’d like to manifest and create, which can include, a new partner, more love in your life, fun, a new job, and more abundance to better family relationships; however, anything that isn't super-specific. 
  2. After sunset, light your candle and place the vase of flowers nearby.
  3. Ask for your angels/spirit guides/or Divine Source (whichever you feel comfortable with) to help you manifest what you’d like. Something like: “I gather in the power of mystery and creation. I call in the elements to work with me to manifest my desires.”
  4. Read your list aloud.
  5. Tell your angels/spirit guides/or Divine Source that you’re willing to accept what you are asking for. Something like: “I affirm I am able and willing to allow these wishes to manifest for the greater good of all. So be it. And so it is.” (Make sure to say that you’re asking that this is done for “the greater good of all,” which makes it okay to get what you want.)
  6. Allow the candle to burn until you go to sleep. Also, respect the evening by drinking and eating something special.

Depending on what’s on your list, it might take several days or an entire year but keep the faith. Also, please feel free to pass this along. The more who participate and send positive, loving energies out into the world on the night of this Winter Solstice, the better!

In addition, to help keep your manifestations going throughout the year, I highly recommend a little “book/pamphlet” that’s about 26 pages long and written in 1925: “It Works: The Famous Little Red Book That Makes Your Dreams Come True,” by RHJ – believe me, it works!

As Always, Stay Amazing.
Arthur

 

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