Winter Solstice: Bring Light to the Darkest Night

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with me and your ancestors!  Let’s bring light to the darkest night!!!!

What is the Winter Solstice?

The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st of every year, it is the time of year that the north pole is tilted farthest from the Sun.  This is the shortest day and the longest night of the year!  In the northern hemisphere, December 21st is the beginning of winter (for me, the snow has been here for over a month).

What does the Winter Solstice symbolize?

For northern people living (not so) long ago, winter could be a time winter-solsticeof scarcity, famine and death.  Each day leading up to the solstice, the Sun would get lower in the sky at midday, sometimes disappearing completely below the horizon (if you’re far north enough).  Today at noon, the sun was barely above the treeline – leaving long shadows and a sunset that began at 3:30pm.

Nights in winter are long, dark and cold – tonight’s forecast is -30.  I’m grateful for the glowing warmth of my home.  I can only imagine how our ancestors felt – grateful for warmth and food.  When food was plentiful, they held feasts and ceremonies with grateful intentions.

The Sun Wheel and the Medicine Wheel look identical and symbolize the same thing.

The Winter Solstice is the end and beginning of our annual cycle through the seasons, symbolizing both death and (re)birth.  Northern cultures often celebrate the seasonal cycle of the northern environment.  This annual cycle of the seasons is often symbolized by a wheel in northern pagan cultures.  The medicine wheel in North American cultures and the sun wheel in northern European cultures symbolize the seasonal cycle of life.

All life on earth depends on the Sun.  Early northern cultures recognized the Sun’s importance to all life.

For three days following the winter solstice, the Sun will appear to rise to the same height in the sky before getting higher in the sky with each passing day until Summer Solstice.  Traditionally during these three days, a sacred fire was lit to bring light to the darkness.

How was the Winter Solstice celebrated in the past?

The Winter Solstice was celebrated by pagan cultures around the globe, mostly located in the northern hemisphere.

Winter Solstice was celebrated by the Romans with Saturnalia, the Japanese with Toji, Northern Europeans celebrated Yule and several Native American tribes celebrated Winter Solstice.

Winter Solstice celebrations typically included adorning the home with symbols of life (despite the cold winter) – like boughs of evergreen trees, winter berries, misletoe, holly and in north america also juniper and cedar.

Native American Traditions

Ceremonies to commemorate their Gods and the Sun often included sacrifices, sweat lodges, singing, feasting and the lighting of a large sacred fire.  In Native American tradition, the sacred fire was lit at sacred fireWinter Solstice on top of the ashes saved from last year’s fire.  The fire was maintained for 3 days straight.  People will take turns staying up at night with the fire.  During their time with the fire – they think about their life over the past year and how they can improve for the next year.  They focus on what they would like to achieve in the upcoming year.  They make their intentions for the upcoming year by holding a handful of evergreen leaves and then tossing them into the fire.  The intentions are believed to be carried into the spirit world with the smoke.

Northern European Tradition

In Northern European tradition, a fire is lit using the log from the yule tree.  Intentions are carved into the log and then the log is burned.  As the log burns, it is believed that the intentions are carried into the spirit world with the rising smoke.  A small piece of the log is saved in order to start the next year’s yule fire with it.

When the Christianization of Europe occured, Winter Solstice celebrations were replaced with Christmas.  As many people now know, Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th.  The date of his birth was moved to correspond with Winter Solstice so that the conversion of pagans would be easier.  Christmas replaced Saturnalia and Yule but retained much of the original traditions.

When European colonization of the Americas occured, Native American celebrations of Winter Solstice were also replaced by Christmas, as many Natives converted to Christianity.

How can WE celebrate the Winter Solstice today?

In the past, the Winter Solstice was the start of a celebration that continued until the beginning of January.  Today, this time of year corresponds with the Christmas/New Year celebrations.  Many of our Christmas traditions that don’t include Christmas Mass or the Nativity – are traditions from our pagan past.

For example – the Christmas tree, mistletoe, holly, yule logs, Santa Claus and even Christmas stockings are all linked to the pagan celebration of Yule.  Even the hedonistic New Years celebrations likely have pagan roots.

Here are some tips you can use to bring back the ancient celebration of Winter Solstice:
  1.  Sun Symbols.  Stars were originally included in Winter Solsticewinter solsticecelebrations because they symbolized the Sun, the giver of all life on Earth.  This is why we have a star on top of our Christmas tree (and why Christianity tries to replace it with an angel).  Traditionally in my town, everyone had a yellow star in their window for the entire month of December.  It symbolizes the Sun.  Of course, Christianity has also appropriated this custom as the “Advent Star”.
  2. Sacred Fire.   Bring light to the darknest night.  The 3 day long solstice fire is likely not practical for many people today living in cities.  However, you can symbolize this solstice fire by lighting a candle every evening for three days.  You can even save this
    Advent Candles

    candle for the next year and use it to light your next year’s candles.  This custom may have evolved into the “Advent Candles”.  Another wonderful custom of ‘bringing light to the darkest night’ is to make ice lanterns with votive candles to light up your yard.

  3. Decorate your home with winter evergreens.  Evergreen trees /plants and winter berries indigenous to the circumpolar northern climate were considered special because they remained green and living during the winter.  Decorating your home with these plants symbolizes life during the darkness.  You can do this by making a wreath using evergreens, low bush cranberries (lignonberries) and floral wire or by bringing in a live evergreen tree.
  4. Feast with Gratitude.  The meal for the
    Winter Solstice Feast with Sun Symbol

    Winter Solstice was prepared with intentions for the New Year.  All food was prepared with love and positive intentions are infused into everything you do to prepare the meal.  A plate of this meal is often served to the “winter spirits”.  This brings me to my next tip…

  5. Offerings to the Winter Spirits. Winter spirits are said to be tricksters, they have the ability to play pranks and tricks on the humans.  By offering the winter spirits food and gifts, we are trying to please them so that they may spare us from their pranks in the New Year.  This custom of making offerings to the winter spirits may have evolved into leaving cookies and milk for Santa Claus.   The winter spirits in both Native American (Ojibwe) and Northern European traditions are quite similar – little  humanoids that look like elves and an old (potentially dangerous) Shaman (or magical being).  It is likely that these spirits have evolved into Santa Claus and his elves.
  6. Gift Giving.  The ultimate celebration of gratitude is GIFT GIVING!  Share your love and light!
Bringing the light to the darkest night with a sacred fire and ice lanterns.

How are you planning on celebrating the Winter Solstice?  I am so interested to hear how others celebrate this holiday.  Please share some of your traditions in the comments section!

 

 

Zeta Starseeds and Their Starseed Markings

Zeta Starseeds, Zeta Beings and Hybrid Children

Zeta starseeds are starseeds that have previously incarnated in the star system of Zeta Reticuli.  Zeta Reticuli is the star system that is home to the Zeta beings.  The Zeta beings have also been called the “Greys”.

The Zeta beings are one of the more commonly recognized ET being because they were the topic of several well known alien encounters.  zeta beingsThey are the typical grey aliens with a large head, large black eyes and thin, small body.

 

Zeta beings are often the center of abduction stories and other alien encounters.  They are also suspected of conducting reproductive tests on humans in order to create a hybrid species between humans and Zetas.

These Hybrid Children are said to be offspring of Zetas and humans.  Zetas are said to have lost the ability to reproduce naturally and have been using humans to reproduce.  

I don’t have much first hand information about Zeta beings or Zeta Starseeds for that matter.  I have very recently discovered the Zeta starseed markings and I will share them in this post because I am hoping to personally connect with more Zeta starseeds!

Zeta Starseed Markings

Starseeds from Zeta Reticuli often show a specific alignment within their birth charts.  They will have at least one alignment with the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces.

So for conjunct alignments that would be 28 and 29 degrees Pisces, and 0 and 1 degree Aquarius.  People that have planets, the sun, the moon or any of the asteroids in alignment with these degrees is likely to have had at least one incarnation in Zeta Reticuli.

As I’ve said, I don’t know much about them and I’ve love some Zeta starseeds that remember their home planet to share some information in the comments!

Do you think you might be a starseed?  Find your starseed alignments in your birth chart here!  

How to Utilize the Sirian Energies During the Sirian Alignment

On July 3 – July 7, the Sirian Alignment will occur.  Sirius will appear to be located behind the Sun and will therefore appear to rise and set in conjunction with the Sun.  Sirian energies will compound with the energies of the Sun and inundate the Earth with Sirian energies.

This direct or conjunct Sirian alignment occurs on July 3 – July 7.  The opposite Sirian alignment occurs when the Sun and Sirius appear to be located on opposite sides of the Earth.  This opposite alignment occurs on January 3 – January 7.

Sun Conjunct Sirius on July 3 – July 7

Sirian alignment

During the conjunct alignment with Sirius, the Earth will be inundated with Sirian energies.  Sirian energies are associated with healing, birth (and rebirth), rejuvenation, magic and nature.  During this time, the energetic flow on Earth is conducive with spiritual rebirth and healing.  If January is the physical new year, July is the spiritual new year.  In January, we typically try to let go of habits that no longer serve us in the physical world and try to pick up healthier habits. During the Sirian alignment in July, we should try to let go of habits that no longer serve us spiritually and try to adapt healthier spiritual habits.  The energies at this time will support spiritual healing required to change the behavioral patterns that are holding you back from spiritual ascension.

Although the Sirian alignment occurs during the first week in July, the Sirian energies stick around on Earth through out all of July and part of August – hence ‘the dog days of summer’.  In June, Sirius begins it’s journey behind the Sun and is only visible in the night sky after sunset.  On July 3rd, Sirius moves behind the Sun and is no longer visible in the night sky.  Sirius will not emerge from behind the Sun until August.  During the second week in August, Sirius emerges and is visible again just before the Sun rises.  The Lion’s Gate occurs when Sirius has emerged from behind the Sun and returns to the night sky – this is the Rising of Sirius.

The Rejuvenating Effects of Sirius

In 2017, a common theme has been a purging of past karma and resulting behavioral patterns that no longer serve our best purpose.  It’s been rather turbulent and painful at times – change is usually like that.  This year’s Sirian Alignment will definitely focus on healing the wounds from this purging process, so that we may emerge  spiritually rejuvenated.  Those that are able to successfully heal will find that they will feel a noticeable increase in consciousness and frequency.  This healing will begin in July and continue until commencement or ‘graduation’ on August 8-11, also known as the Lions Gate.  The Lions Gate is essentially the period of time where the integration of Sirian energies is completed.

The Sirian Alignment can be used to let go and heal from energetic patterns that prevent you from attaining your spiritual goals.  This is a time where you can consciously increase your spiritual connections, your psychic abilities, your innate frequency, your connection with spirit guides etc.  Most of you will probably understand that increasing the strength of your spiritual connections with the Creator (or Source) Energy will help you move closer to your authentic self and your true purpose.

For the conjunct Sirian Alignment in July, it is recommended that anyone looking to infuse themselves with Sirian energy or receive Sirian downloads meditate outside with the Sun beating down on their Third Eye or Crown Chakra.  You can also charge crystals, water or other objects with Sirian energy by leaving them out in the sun.

Sirian Starseeds with well integrated Sirian energy will find that their business ventures and spiritual ventures will recieve a boost at this time.  There is the possibility for these starseeds to jump to a timeline with a higher vibration.

Sun Opposite Sirius Alignment in January

sirian alignmentThis Sun opposite Sirius alignment occurs in January and results in Sirius appearing to be on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun.  During this time, Sirius is visible in the night sky in the northern hemisphere.

People wishing to utilize these Sirian energies in January can do night time meditations outside under the starlight.  Try to position yourself so that Sirius is directly over head or so that you are facing it.

This Sun opposite Sirius alignment will be particularly beneficial to those Sirian starseeds that have unintegrated Sirian energy.  People born under the Sirian opposite Sun alignment will likely have some unintegrated Sirian energy.  Unintegrated Sirian energies tend to manifest as difficulties in creating spiritual or psychic connections, difficulties with meditation, difficulties with conscious manifestation (Law of Attraction) and general difficulties with spiritual ascension.  Sirian starseeds with unintegrated Sirian energies are likely to have a weak spiritual sovereignty – meaning that they are more likely to seek outside validation of spiritual beliefs.  These people tend to feel like they are not intuitive and need to access the skills of other intuitives in order to receive spiritual downloads.

Starseeds with unintegrated Sirian energy would do well to meditate outside under the Sirian starlight in January.  Recognize the blockages you have regarding your spirituality and then ask Sirius and to help you release them.  In January, the Sun is on the opposite side of Earth from Sirius – this is a very polarizing or pulling energy.  Visualize Sirius pulling the blockage out of you.

Do you resonate with Sirius?  Check to see if you have these common Sirius Starseed traits!

 

 

 

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