The Winter Solstice (also known as Yule) marks a magical and transformational turning point in the year… it’s the shortest day of the year for all our friends in the Northern Hemisphere.
December 21st marks the beginning of Capricorn Season, and likewise, the Winter Solstice. And for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, this day coincides with the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year.
Yule is quite possibly one of the oldest winter celebrations in the entire world. However, its traditions are still alive and well in today’s modern society (although they do look a little different today). If we look back to ancient cultures, many of these myths about the Winter Solstice sheds light on our modern-day celebrations…
- Frigga, the Norse Goddess, who sat at her wheel, spinning the fates (the origin of our modern Christmas wreath)
- The Celtic Goddess Rhiannon, who rode through people’s dreams on the darkest of nights, offering them visions
- The Egyptian Goddess Isis who gave birth to the sun god Horus on this day, symbolized by a winged Sun.
Since ancient times, the Winter Solstice has also been a day for sowing seeds and setting intentions for the coming year. Days like this are known as “power days” – like the equinox and cross-quarter festivals – there’s a LOT of cosmic charge in the ethers, ready and available to be directed at will. So it’s one of the best days in the entire year to hold a ritual, work a little magic, and connect to the divine, creative forces of Nature.
The catch is, that there is no right way to celebrate, and in turn, there is no wrong way to celebrate. Each individual will feel called and more connected to a certain ritual, or ceremony of sorts. So when trying to find your own unique way to celebrate this powerful festival, always remember to ultimately do what feels right to you.
Astrology can guide us in many different ways, and more specifically our zodiac sign. The sign you’re born under explains so much about your personalities, quirks, likes, and dislikes. But did you know that your sign is also associated with various parts of the body?
There’s a reason why we tend to associate Aries as ‘quick and witty’, and Leos as ‘brave’…
Yep, it has everything to do with what body part is ruled by that sign. So when trying to select the perfect Winter Solstice ritual for you… it’s not a bad idea to honor the body part with which your sign is associated with. It can bring you deep peace, satisfaction, and healing when you nourish yourself using this ancient energic wisdom.
So here are our suggestions on the perfect Winter Solstice ritual for you, based on your zodiac sign (and how your sign relates to the body)…
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Because your sign rules the head, try doing a ritual that will relax your often racing mind. Watch ASMR videos, give yourself a scalp massage (or better yet, find someone to do it for you). Or close your eyes to do a quick 10-minute meditation or visualization exercise.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Your sign rules the throat, so you secretly (or maybe not so secretly) really love to belt out a good tune. Nourish your throat, thyroid, and vocal glands by sipping on warm teas, cocoa, or coffee today. Whatever you make, do it with great intention. “Made with love” is something you should take literally when brewing your potion of choice.
Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)
Your sign rules the nervous system (which explains why you tend to get nervous or fidgety). A great ritual for you is a visualized meditation, in which you see the duality inside your body. Picture your spine ‘separating’ your body into two sections, and as you breathe visualize the positive energy flowing through your nervous system – starting with the pinky of your left hand, and following through every area of your left side before then smoothly transitioning to your right side, and ultimately flowing out through your right pinky.
Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Your sign rules the chest, including the breasts and stomach. A good ritual for you is holding a piece of rose quartz on your chest with one hand, and place your other hand on your bare stomach. Then breathe in and out deeply, expressing gratitude for whatever feels right to you… whether it be your health, your relationships, or your body. The physical touch to these areas, combine with your expression of gratitude is a powerful way to direct more goodness into your life.
Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Leo’s are known to be lionhearted, so it should come as no surprise to learn that your sign rules the heart. A good ritual for you is to journal or list out, all of the things you are madly passionate about. Be specific on what brings you joy. Then when you’re finished, re-read each one of your passions, and as you read each one visualize yourself doing more of that in your life.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
Your sign rules the digestive system, which explains why you always get those creepily accurate ‘gut feelings’ about certain people. A good ritual for you is to practice tuning into and listening to your intuition. A fun way to do this is by using this ESP trainer, an app that was developed under a NASA program, the goal is to get you in touch with your intuition and build your psychic abilities. Neat!
Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
Your sign rules the skin, so a great ritual for you would be a spa day. You can do this yourself at home by taking a nice long bubble bath, applying a luxurious face mask, and gently massaging lotion onto your body. While you go through this self-care ritual be sure to whisper words of gratitude and blessing to yourself.
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Your sign rules (any guesses?)… yep, the reproductive system! In today’s society, sexual health and expression are widely seen as taboo – but the truth is that it’s very biological and primal in nature. If you feel comfortable, allow yourself to indulge in self-pleasure. If this feels uncomfortable to you, now is a good time to reflect on why that is. Sit with your thoughts around sexual pleasure, and journal any negative feelings that come up. Then burn that piece of paper, which symbolizes you ‘letting go’ of those negative energy and beliefs.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Your sign rules the thighs and hips, so a good ritual for you is movement! Put on some salsa music and allow yourself to feel the beat! Now isn’t the time to be shy… get out all your stagnant energy by dancing like crazy. Have fun, giggle, laugh at yourself, and most importantly – feel gratitude for your body and its beautiful movement!
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Your sign rules the skeletal system, so a good ritual for you would be appreciating the things which support your happiness. Common things like music, food, family, and friends are often overlooked when manifesting greatness (we tend to go straight to money and prosperity). But the things that really support us, and make our lives worth living, are not materialistic in nature. Journal all of these ‘foundational’ things in your life that you are grateful for.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Your sign rules the circulatory system, which is what delivers blood to all areas of your body. A great ritual for you is movement – or more specifically jumping! Help your circulatory system moving by going for a brisk walk or have fun with it by jumping around on a rebounder or trampoline. Take a group of friends and go have some fun at an indoor trampoline park.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your sign rules the lymphatic system, so a great ritual for you is a lymphatic massage – remember to go nice and slow, it’s important to be intentional and not rush through it. You can do this by using your hands to direct lymph along specific pathways, or by dry brushing, or just by very simply massaging yourself (or better yet, go get a professional one!)
How will you celebrate the Winter Solstice? Comment below and share your favorite ritual!