December is the season of celebration and religious observances around the World. This includes: Bodhi Day (Buddhist) Saint Nicholas Day (Christian) Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) Hanukkah (Jewish) Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) Summer or Winter Solstice (Pagan)... etc
In the Pagan tradition it is the time of the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. At the Summer Solstice the Earth’s pole (North in June, South in December) is at its maximum tilt toward the Sun. The Sun reaches its highest position in the sky, and the daylight hours are longest. In temperate regions, the Summer Solstice solstice is seen as the middle of summer and referred to as "midsummer" although in some countries and calendars it marks the beginning of summer.
Since prehistory the Summer Solstice has been a significant time of year, celebrated with festivals and rituals. One of the largest celebrations of the Solstice happens every year at Stonehenge, where thousands of people gather to watch the sunrise at the ancient site. Stonehenge, the neolithic-era site in England, is opened annually for the Solstice on June 21, when sunlight hits Stonehenge in a special way and light enters the centre of the circle of stones. For us in the southern hemisphere, Solstice will be on December 22 this year.
Summer Solstice Rituals
Make an altar with flowers, fruit, vegetables and candles. Use yellow fabric with just a touch of black for the turning that follows the Solstice (the days begin to become shorter)
As a celebration of the Sun, Summer Solstice rituals can include bonfires (where they are allowed) and certainly candles.
Summer Solstice is a time for giving thanks and giving back – like the Sun, our radiance becomes a source of regeneration for ourselves, others, and the World. We remember wholeness of being, and purpose of this wholeness: for pouring forth, as Mother Sun does in every moment. Celebrate with music and dancing.
Stones for the Summer Solstice:
From our family to yours - we wish you all the best for a safe and happy holiday season.
Love & Light,
Qi and the Team