So what is the Solstice exactly?
This is the darkest day of the year. So we have the least amount of light because the sun is at its lowest point over the Equator.
This is a time of physical and spiritual hibernation. So this means contemplation, reflection, quietude and ‘going within’.
You are beckoned to reflect and go within. It is a time of deep inner quietude and pause. At this time you can think about your life and do some planning, as this is the stage before creation and birthing.
These astronomical events are the Solstices and they correspond with each of our own rhythms, helping us to each understand what and where to focus amidst the ever changing cycles of life.
The Power of the Sun
It’s no surprise that the sun, one of the most powerful natural forces, has so much importance in human history. The history of humans honoring, worshiping and highly revering the sun spans cultures, time, and religion. Sun symbols like the compass points or the circle with a dot inside offer insight into the suns deeply spiritual meaning.
The changing seasons, much like the cycles of sowing and harvesting, have always been key points within the human life cycle. The continued changing of seasons also represents corresponding stages of your inner journey.
What this December Solstice Means for You
In the Northern Hemisphere, we can take clues from Mother Earth on where we should be focusing our energy and attention.
As it is winter, the trees are bare, the animals are in hibernation, all of nature is slowing down in order to regenerate.
We too need to follow in the same tracks and conserve our energy for the climb ahead. After the Solstice dawns, it is going to be important for us to move at a slower pace and to not rush ahead.
While things may seem slow moving on the outside, on the inside however, it is very different.
As we “hibernate” and take it slow, we are given the opportunity to take a look into our inner world.
Most of us spend the year in a constant state of busyness so we never really stop to pause and see what is bubbling within. But with the December Solstice energy, we are all going to be given the opportunity to take a peek at what is happening on a heart and soul level.
The December Solstice is often called the Dark Night of the Soul for this very reason.
On the 21st of December when the hours of light and dark battle it out, we are all given the opportunity to retreat within and to discover ourselves on a new level.
If there are issues that have been tucked away in hiding, or unresolved thoughts and emotions, this is the time of year where they may resurface in order to be cleansed and renewed.
December Solstice time can be very cleansing, as long as we embrace the energy and don’t shy away from any painful emotions or past regrets that needs to be cleared.
In the Southern Hemisphere, this energy is present but it manifests a little differently. Again, we can look for clues in Mother Nature.
In the summertime, everything is in bloom and is able to express itself to the fullest. The flower buds are open, the birds are chirping, everything is very active and expressive.
This makes it a wonderful time to tap into your inner self and express it outwards for all of the world to see. Instead of hibernating, you are encouraged to get out into the world and take action in the direction that feels the best.
While it is still at time to reflect, your reflections can lead to positive actions that help you to move forward and make progress in whatever direction you choose.
Even though the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are receiving a different expressions of this energy, they both exist in harmony with each other as well. Think of it like a yin and yang symbol.
Both energies are different, but together they make a whole. In the Northern Hemisphere the energy has shifted to a more feminine, inward state, and in the Southern Hemisphere the energy is more masculine and outward, but both of these energies work in sync with one another.
The December Solstice is the perfect time to check in with your soul and to really take responsibility for the direction of your life.
In 2017 in particular, it is going to be really important to take things slow and to not put too much on your plate at this time.
Use this Solstice energy to take some downtime, and to really feel the calling of your heart.
When you take time to pause and tune in to your inner state, life becomes more fluid and far more grounded, and this is the exact energy we need as we venture into the new cycle.