Winter Solstice 2023: Rituals For the Shortest Day of the Year

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Melissa Madara, author of The Witch’s Workshop and the site Moon Cult, says that her “favorite winter solstice ritual is to pour or dip my own candles, and infuse them with herbs associated with the sun, like marigold, frankincense, and St. John’s Wort. Another idea might be to infuse a gently-warmed oil with fresh evergreens like cedar, pine, or juniper (the Christmas tree is a great place to harvest these!), and drip this oil into a winter solstice bath for a soak that opens the lungs, purifies the air, and cleanses the spirit.” This will bring a fresh energy for the season and detox the residual effects of autumn. “For practitioners of magic,” Madara continues, “the winter solstice is a time of deep shadows, ghosts, and dreams…in the depths of winter, in the darkest dark, it’s important to find ways to carry the light.”

Meditating with crystals can be incredibly beneficial because they allow us to clear any blockages within ourselves and open us up to new possibilities. Obsidian is great for protecting us from negative influences. Labradorite is also believed to help us tap into the mystical energy of the winter solstice. Citrine enhances feelings of optimism and holiday spirit. Clear quartz can also be used to help find moments of calm and relaxation. Red Jasper can help us ground our emotions and energy. For optimal results, it is recommended to hold the crystal that resonates with your personal vibe in our hands or place it in front of you while meditating on what you want to bring into your lives this winter.

Reflecting on our growth in the past year can motivate us to go above and beyond in the next. This introspection will allow us to learn from our experiences and gain insights about ourselves and others. By doing so, we can become a better version of ourselves and channel our energy towards achieving our goals effectively. If we allow ourselves to let go of heartache or trauma, it can be a magical time for us to heal. Mending our hearts and emotions takes time but making the effort to take the first step is pivotal. Both journaling and talking to close friends and family can be effective ways to process our thoughts and emotions. However, if you prefer to reflect in solitude, it can also be a valuable approach. Take advantage of the moment when you can be alone with your thoughts and feelings.