Winter solstice - the longest night of the year, the time when we start our journey from darkness towards the light. Lit only by new moon’s thin light, it will also be one of the darkest nights of the year.
Winter solstice celebrates the birth of the Sun, and with the sun the birth of hope. Sun also symbolises spiritual awakening. Combined with the new moon which symbolises new beginnings, there is no better time than tonight to reflect upon a year that passed and to set an intention(s) for a year ahead.
In the book ‘’The path of the spiritual Sun’’ (follow the link for free book download) explains the spiritual meaning behind the solstice in great detail. This is only a small part:
‘’ The birth of a divine child and savior at the winter solstice has formed a central part of spiritual beliefs throughout the world since the beginning of history—in ancient Egypt as the birth of Horus, the birth of Mithras in Persia, the birth of Jesus at Christmas, the birth of the divine son at Alban Arthan of the Druids, etc. These celebrations are evidence of how people separated by vast distances and time have tapped into a universal spiritual principle that is just as relevant now as it was then.
They speak to us of a mysterious and universal understanding of spiritual transformation. All things which come into being must first be born. Even as creation was borne by the great Mother of the universe, so too must we be born of the spirit to become spirit. The winter solstice is a celebration of being “born again”—not of flesh, but of the spirit. It’s a celebration of the birth of the spiritual Son, the Christ, within a person’s consciousness in the process of awakening.
Symbolized as a child just as the winter sun is at its weakest, it will grow until reaching its full strength at the summer solstice—just as the spirit grows within a prepared individual to transform them completely from inner darkness into light. ‘’
What a great night for meditation and contemplation. In joy!
Happy winter solstice!