Something within us needs to know that at the end of the longest night, there is light.
There is a magical history to the Winter Solstice being celebrated in many cultures and dating back to ancient times. It is the longest night of the year and begins today, December 21st at 10:44 UTC.
In the Northern Hemisphere, astronomers and scientists use the December Solstice as the start of the winter season, which ends on the March Equinox.
Here are a few fun facts about the Winter Solstice:
- The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning 'the Sun stands still'. As the Sun reaches its southern-most position as seen from the Earth, it seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then reverses its direction. It's also common to call it “the day the Sun turns around”.
- The winter solstice marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year. New York City will experience 9 hours and 15 minutes of sunlight, compared to 15 hours and 6 minutes on the summer solstice. Helsinki, Finland, will get 5 hours and 49 minutes of light. And, Barrow, Alaska, will not have a sunrise at all, while the North Pole has not had a sunrise since October. The South Pole, though, will be basking in the glow of the midnight sun, which won't set until March.
- Ancient and many modern cultures view the winter solstice as a time of death and rebirth. Many cultures around the world hold feasts and celebrate holidays around the December Solstice.
- The magic of the Winter Solstice is that of rejuvenation, planning, and releasing what no longer serves so we carry into the New Year only what we need to manifest our dreams and our soul’s purpose.
At Women Connected we honor endings at all levels - at the level of the planet and at the level of our individual lives through teaching Conscious Endings.
Learning to honor endings is an essential life skill. While the exterior world is constantly changing around us, our interior world contains the emotional, psychological, and spiritual reaction and response to those external changes. As women, we often push through the difficult emotions, telling ourselves that our emotions don't matter. We may even talk about "letting go" of the past but in reality we may carry forward emotional and psychological baggage. The weight of these past experiences dulls our ability to be in the present moment and erodes our self-esteem.
Conscious Endings is NOW available and is fully online so that you can work through the video and activities at your leisure!
Access the online program, Conscious Program and complete your year, a relationship, or another ending:
- What am I celebrating – What do I cherish about this past year?
- What am I releasing – Where were there disappointments?
- What are the lessons that I’m taking forward into 2017?
- What are symbolic practices that can support me to release and truly let go?
This program includes a Women Connected Conscious Endings Journal.