Midwinter Solstice or Yule is the time of year when we experience our shortest day and longest night. On this day the rebirth of the Sun god Yule is celebrated and evil winter spirits are expelled.
Winter solstice is considered a mysterious and powerful time as the sun begins to make a return journey across the sky. Bonfires are lit to simulate the ascent of the sun and lamps are illuminated in homes with evergreens to simulate summer.
Winter solstice is a time to look back on the year’s achievements. It is a time to use the darkness to dissolve old, outworn attitudes and defenses and to become vulnerable and sensitive. With the fire of new light real joy arises.
Build a fire or light a candle. Clear your mind, slow down your breathing and watch the flames burn for a while. Let the flames burn away old habits and thoughts. Think about your achievements for the year and clear a space for new goals and new intentions. You may not know yet what the “new” will be. At Imbolc (Candlemas or Feast of Lights) it will stir and reveal itself and keep the wheel turning.