A free celebration of winter solstice – join us!

Dear Healers and Seekers,

What are you doing on Wed. Dec 21, 2016 at 5:54 AM EST?  If you were just planning on sleeping, you could be waking to the celebration of winter solstice.

Winter solstice is the point of time when (in the Northern hemisphere) the day is the shortest and the night is the longest.  From an astronomy perspective, it is the point of time when the earth is closest to the sun.

For centuries, man has celebrated this day as the start of the sun’s return from darkness.  Solstice has, for this reason, often been celebrated as a Festival of Lights.  The celebration often included the lighting of bonfires and candles to illuminate both the physical world and the celebrants’ internal life and perspective.

Today, you can incorporate the traditions and themes of this ancient holiday into your holiday season.  You may already be incorporating some of the traditions of the winter solstice with your Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa activities.

The origins of Santa Claus go way back into earliest observances of the winter solstice.  Gods wearing white garments, riding white horses, were believed to ascend to heaven and return bearing gifts of knowledge and wisdom.   The yule log tradition, kissing under the mistletoe, and decorating with holly and ivy were Celtic and nomadic activities often associated and celebrated during the winter solstice.

Hanukkah is itself the Jewish festival most notably marked by the lighting of candles.  Kwanzaa, which literally means “first fruits” can also be easily incorporated into the winter solstice then as the Kwanzaa celebration represents an expression of recovery and reconstruction of the culture.

Join me on December 15th at 9:30 pm EST for an hour long educational and fun, FREE Winter Solstice Celebration! In the class, you will learn the traditions and folklore that have marked this event over the centuries and the ways in which winter solstice celebrations have become incorporated into our current holiday events and traditions.

Register here – remember, it’s FREE!

If you don’t want to celebrate the winter solstice as a formal event, take a moment from your frazzled, commercialized routines, and breathe.  Light a candle, say a prayer or meditation, ring a bell, give a toast, or do something to acknowledge that the Light is returning to start a new year and new life afresh.

It’s the start of heading us into Spring! Always good to look forward to more light, right?

Love,
Connie

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