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Although for a lot of witches, the moon is by far the “best” celestial body, the sun also has ‘characteristics’ that are useful in magick.
A solstice is a celebration of what the sun is up to. For Northerners, the 21st December is a midwinter festival and from this point in time, the days will start to get longer. This means it is a celebration of the ‘return of the light’ and is a good time of year for connecting with the stillness of nature.
For Southerners, this time of year is the Midsummer festival. It is the turning point at which the sun reaches its height and shines for the longest. It is also the time of year to accept the “waning of the light” as the sun begins its time of decline. It is a good time of year for enjoying the fullness of the sun’s light or watching a sunset.
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We can use the solstice to celebrate the changing of the seasons, and bask in all the beauty of the natural environment. We can also use the ‘characteristics’ of the sun as a symbol representing “the self”. We can use this time of year to check in with ourselves, working on our mental health and our positivity as well as goal setting.
Wrap some yellow ribbon through a hag stone on the 21st December as the sun rises, focus your thoughts towards seeing the positive side of things. You can light a candle as the sun sets on the 21st December, as a way of connecting with the light. Either bidding it a fond farewell if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere or welcoming the sun back with open arms if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere.
For those who celebrate the end of one year and the start of the new year in December, this is the time of year when thoughts turn to what comes next. The sun is just finishing its journey through Sagittarius around the 21st of December. Sagittarius symbolises all that is philosophical and adventurous. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of adventure. Thoughts might turn towards what the following year might bring and some goal setting. Use this time to think about a situation you would like to change or a goal you have, create a vision board representing these changes and don’t forget to include how you will know change has happened!
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Whatever you choose to do, and how you choose to celebrate, enjoy the light! Happy Solstice, peeps!
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