Winter Solstice: Out with the Old and In with the New

Wednesday, December 21 at 5:44 am is the moment of the Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the year begins.

For centuries, midwinter has been a significant time for reflection and renewal. And many different rituals have evolved around this seasonal change. It is no accident that this is the time chosen to celebrate the Christian Christmas. It is a time for creating a deeper meaning with nature, family and ourselves.

The Yule Log of Winter Solstice.

The winter solstice marks the Yule: victory of light over dark. The dark half of the year now gives way to the light. The days begin to get longer.

In many traditions, the yule log was brought into the house, decorated with seasonal greenery and lit. The yule log burned through the longest night of the year and through the following 12 days. A piece of the log was kept for good luck in the coming year and used to light the next year’s yule log.

My Winter Solstice Ritual.

This year, I will mark the Winter Solstice with pressing the remote to light the gas fire at sunset and allowing it to burn through the night. 

I will bake cookies to share with family and friends. 

I will then write about all of the stress, sadness and bad habits that I need to release from my life.

Winter Solstice bring the past burdens that we carryAt dawn, I will bundle up and go outside to watch the sun rise and light a candle (placed in big soup pot) to burn those slips of paper and with them the bad karma that they represent.

After the ashes have cooled and over a cup of home-made chai, I will write my intentions for the coming year. 2017 WILL be a remarkable year of personal adventure and inner peace. As the days get longer, the future will get brighter.


Burning candle to burn the old/sad/anxious

Though the cloudy morning hid the sunrise, we still headed out to burn the bad karma of 2016. The Jasmin Happiness candle is lighting the way for the good intentions of longer days and an adventurous year ahead.

3 thoughts on “Winter Solstice: Out with the Old and In with the New

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-410">

    I enjoy your Meandering Mine writings….my dear!!! You are such a joy, gift and inspirational to me as a woman, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law and friend!!! We met through our children way back when w/penny carnival events at Fairview School. Next as you taught CCD classes to the boys….Both of our lives, as for many women has taken paths we would have never thought. But we are doing MORE then just surviving….we are embracing the CHANGES AND CELEBRATING LIFE AND OUR JOURNEYS!!!! Lessons learned along the way and challenging GROWTH!!! Warmest of thoughts and wishes ALWAYS….Merry Christmas, Best wishes in 2017, embrace Spain and CARPE DIEM!!!!

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-tameralg bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-411">

      Two steps forward; one step back. It is a learning process. Even today, we do not know what the future will bring but if we keep an open mind and open heart and a great curiosity, we have an adventure. Keep smiling, Barbara!

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-408">
    Jan Barrett

    What a lovely ritual…I’ve always heard about the winter solstice but never really knew what it meant entirely. It seems like a wonderful way to transition into the new year…letting go of the sadness, worries, stress, unpleasant memories of the last year and looking at the new one with an open mind, positive thoughts and hopeful heart. Here’s to all of us…may 2017 be one of our personal best!

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