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Winter Solstice

By on December 17, 2016 in Healing

Winter Solstice

By: Ginny Marston

This December 21 of 2016 is the Winter Solstice. Winter Solstice is the longest night and shortest day of the year for the Northern hemisphere.

Many celebrate the rebirth of the sun and the beginning of winter. This is one of the oldest winter celebrations known.

Modern festivities are held all around the world, such as the Druids who are found celebrating at Stonehenge in England.

Druids and Wiccans celebrate “yule” as one of their eight solar holidays. They spend time with their families and even exchange gifts while honoring the sun. Wiccans decorate their homes for the festivities; usually traditional red, green and white decorations. They can be found practicing rituals of meditation, dimly lit by candles, and lighting yule logs while singing traditional pagan songs.

For the Druids at Stonehenge, they, as well as other visitors, watch the sun rise and see how it produces a line that directly connects the altar stone, slaughter stone, and heel stone harmoniously.

Other festivities take place at other ancient sites such as the pyramids in Peru and Newgrange in Ireland. In Newgrange there is a 5000-year-old mound, perfectly positioned to let the sun in on mornings surrounding the Winter Solstice.

You can see the similarities with Christmas, but without the manger, animals, and commercialism of the holiday. The focus in many cultures seems to be on revering the sun and the importance of community.

How will you celebrate this winter solstice?

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mommaAbout the Author: Hello, my name is Ginny. I am originally from Long Island, NY but now live in beautiful Florida. I am a Registered Nurse, a healer by nature. Having worked in trauma, I have been with those at the time of passing as well as given comfort to their families. As a child and teen I exhibited special gifts but they faded as my life journey went to raising a family and having a career. It wasn’t until my Grandmother, and then Father, passed that I yearned to be able to see and speak to them to ensure they were at peace and to tell them the things that I wished I had when they were here on Earth. On October 10, 2016, I tragically lost my youngest daughter, Christina. This led me to ‘go down the rabbit hole’ with my grief, pain, and the empty place in my heart only Christina could fill. The note that I laid with her was “You will never be alone as at the time of your death a piece of my heart died with you.” Many of my spiritual friends began to reach out to me, I began to look for signs she was still here with us, and channeled my energy to go back in time to renew my gifts so that I could not only speak with Christina, as I had with my other passed love ones, but to also learn more about her new journey. Christina’s and my journey are just beginning and I hope to share not only my journey with her but how you too can connect with your loved one. Follow us on Facebook!

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