Simple and Easy Rituals for the Powerful Winter Solstice!

The winter not only brings colder weather and more stay at home activities, but also a big energetic shift! On December 21st, we will experience the Winter Solstice, our marker that the winter season has officially begun. The Winter Solstice has been celebrated for centuries and by many ancient civilizations! It is nicknamed “the longest night”, the day that the Earth’s poles reach its maximum distance from the sun. Although longer nights, darker days, and colder temperatures doesn’t sound optimistic, this significant event marks an important energetic shift. We are preparing for hibernation and an intense period of self reflection!

The Winter Solstice is a beautiful time to manifest! With less outings, there’s more opportunity for personal inner work and goal setting. The Winter Solstice is perfect for new year intentions! In what ways have you grown since the fall equinox and where do you still need to improve? You can begin to prioritize self care and create routines that are supportive of your highest good. It’s easier to check in with ourselves during the wintertime, when we are not so easily distracted by outdoor activities.

With the Winter Solstice energy, there’s more opportunities to dive into our personal darkness and shadow work! When we embrace our less desirable traits, we are able to move fully into self acceptance. You can use this metaphor of darkness to work on allowing all aspects of yourself to emerge into the light. It’s natural to want to take things more slowly during this season. Allow your energy to build as you hibernate so you can move into action once spring arrives. The Winter Solstice is the peaceful journey of returning home to yourself!

Here are some ways to celebrate the season change and Winter Solstice:

  • Light your house with candlelight! Not only does this set the perfect winter vibe, but the candles are a beautiful reminder that the light shall return after the darker days. Natural light tends to make us feel warmed from the inside out. Fire energy is inspirational for our creativity and passion, so doing some intention writing while burning a candle can amplify your manifestations.
  • Gather with loved ones! The holiday season is a time for many to gather with friends and family. During your next celebration, have a gratitude writing prompt for each of your guests! During a relaxed part of the evening, have each of your guests share their answer to the prompt. This is a beautiful practice that not only allows your loved ones to be vulnerable but sets a tone of peace for the new year! Everyone will feel more connected to one another. 
  • Spice up your life! The winter season is connected to herbs such as cinnamon, cloves, and cardamon. Add a little bit of cinnamon to your coffee to attract in your abundance for 2022. Drink teas that include cloves to clear your head of anxiety and bring inner calm. Include cardamom in your favorite holiday dessert recipe to help open your heart space. All of these herbs and spices will be supportive to creating a beautiful Winter Solstice energy for you.


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Ellen Bowles is a creative, healer, and writer from Los Angeles, CA. Ellen is the co-author of ASTROLOGY SOS: An Astrological Survival Guide to Life, published by Hardie Grant UK and Chronicle Books. She has been featured in publications such as Well+Good, Bustle, PopSugar, and InStyle.

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