Simple Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice (With “Goddess Bath” Recipe)

Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living, Thrive with 0 Comments

Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:44 am Pacific.

By Tanaaz | Forever Conscious

Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the Sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection.


In Pagan times the Winter Solstice was referred to as Yule and was a celebration of the Goddess (Moon) energy. It was believed that on this day, the Moon would give birth to the Sun.

Because of this, many celebrated Yule as a day where light reigned over darkness and believed it was a sign of good things to come.

Just like the Summer Solstice, the Winter Solstice was also celebrated with fire however, while the Summer Solstice was more about fertility, the Winter Solstice was honoured as a time of birth or the start of a new cycle.

Yule was traditionally celebrated by lighting a candle or decorating trees with holly. In fact, many Yule rituals have been adopted in the celebration of Christmas.

Today, there are many ways you can celebrate the Winter Solstice such as spending time writing in a journal, inner reflection, doing dream work or meditation, working on your Heart, Throat and Third Eye Chakras and bringing more Yin energy into the home.

You can also celebrate with a Goddess bath on the night of the Winter Solstice to help clear away the old and welcome the new. Here’s how:

winter solstice ritual

  • Fill up a bath with warm (not hot) water and light some candles or incense around the bath.
  • Next, you want to add cleansing herbs to the bath such as sage, chamomile, basil, peppermint, cinnamon, sandalwood, lavender or rosemary. You can add them dried, fresh or as essential oils.
  • As you sink into the warm water, imagine yourself being purified and cleansed from your feet all the way up to your head. Allow yourself to relax into the water and imagine all the old and unnecessary thoughts and feelings being washed away by the energy of the night.
  • Honour your shadow self and offer your fears to the Mother Moon. Allow her to give you the power to re-birth them into something new and positive.
  • After the ritual, drain the tub water out completely and discard the herbs outside in the moonlight.

We are all connected to the Universe, the Sun, the Moon and Mother Earth, so no matter what ritual you choose to do on the Solstice, why not spend a few moments feeling and honouring this Divine connection.


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