Winter Solstice: 5 Rituals to Release and Restore

Winter Solstice: 5 Rituals to Release and Restore


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. It is a time when the universe gifts us with a bridge to leave behind what no longer serves us and cross over onto a new and illuminated path.

Below are 5 ways you can channel the energy of the Winter Solstice.

Winter Solstice

  1.  Sankofa: Process The Past

The Akan, in West Africa, use the term Sankofa to reference looking at the past to build for the future.
Take some time to reflect on the ups and downs of the closing year. Give thanks for all the wonderful experiences that enriched your life and your soul. Acknowledge all the things you are proud of.

Afterwards, think about the things thay gave you grief.
On a blank sheet of paper, write down everything about these experiences that caused fear, anger resentment, judgement, anxiety or any other form of negativity.

As you journal, allow yourself to feel whatever emotions that present themselves.  Cry.  Breathe. Let it go.

After processing your emotions, reflect on the lesson each experience brought you.  Be willing to  forgive everyone involved, including yourself.

At the very bottom of the sheet of paper, write a few sentences that allows you to let go of those experiences. Example:

        I release all that brought me pain.
I forgive all those all involved and myself.
I will move forward in wisdom, love, and peace.

After writing an intention, safely burn the paper. This process using the element of fire represents the total transformation of whatever you burnt, both metaphorically and energetically.

  1. Smudging

Sage smudging is an ancient Native tradition where a dried bundle of the plant is burnt and its smoke used for space and energy clearing .It is very powerful in removing negative energy and even unwanted spirits. We can smudge the body and home.

And here is a simple 3-step sage smudging ritual to try:

1. Use loose dried white sage or a white ceremonial sage bundle (aka wand), which is usually bound together by a thin string. You can find sage bundles at your local herb shop or health stores. If you have a sage plant, you can make your own — just bundle and tie it, and then hang upside down in cool dark space until it is completely dried out.

2. Next, place it on any heat-proof burning surface like an Abolone Shell. Light the bundle by holding a flame to it until it begins to smoke. If a true flame appears, shake the bundle gently or blow until it is just embers and smoke. You may need to re-light your sage bundle a few times during the ritual process. If you are burning loose leaf sage, the best method is to use a charcoal burning disk inside of a censor or small cauldron.

3. Once you have a nice smoke going, use you hand or a feather to direct the smoke over your body from your feet up to your head, then back down again. As you do this, visualize the smoke taking away with it any negative energy from your life, any darkness or malady. After clearing your personal energy, wave the smoke around the corners and centers of each room in the home. Open all windows to release old energy and allow fresh air to flow through.

3. Spiritual Bath or Scrub

A spiritual bath on the night of the Winter Solstice to help clear away the old and welcome the new.

Spiritual Bath
Candles or Incense
Sage, chamomile, basil, peppermint, cinnamon, sandalwood, lavender or rosemary (dried, fresh or as essential oils)

Fill up a bath with warm water and light some candles or incense around the bath. Then add cleansing herbs to the bath. As you sit in the bath envision yourself being purified and cleansed from your feet all the way up to your head. Imagine all the old and unnecessary thoughts and feelings being washed away.
Spiritual Scrub

If you don’t have a tub you can support the energy clearing process by making a salt scrub to use in the  shower to draw out further physical and etheric toxins.
1/2 cup coarse sea salt
1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
3 to 5 drops lavender, sage, or peppermint essential oil

Pour salt into the empty glass container. Pour coconut oil over the salt then add essential oil to mixture. Stir all the ingredients until they're well combined.
To use soap your body, then follow with scrub. While you scrub your body imagine all the old and unnecessary thoughts and feelings being washed away. Rinse. Lightly pat your body.

  1. Step into Your Power
Winter Solstice is the equivalent of the solar New Year. It is a fertile time to set new intentions.
Set some time aside to meditate and visualize the things you desire. Hopefully after you have completed the above steps.  
Find a comfortable position to sit in meditation. Set a timer for 15 minutes. Start by focusing on your breath for few minutes. Mentally counting up to 5 on your inhale and the counting down to 1 one your exhale. Start imagine you are being filled with a white and golden light coming from the sun. Imagine the light shining towards you and through you. Keeping your eyes closed place your hands on your heart and start to visualize the highest vision for yourself for next year. Imagine the blessings you will experience and create for yourself . Release all limitations and blockages standing in the way of the greatest possibilities. See yourself aligned with the most creative, abundant, and expansive version of yourself.  Allow the visions to flows with no censorship or limits. Once the timer rings close the meditation by bringing your awareness back to the breath. Thanking the universe, spirit and/or God.

  1. Honor Your Temple
The winter solstice is also great time to cleanse your physical body. There are different ways you can cleanse from something a simple as a plant-based diet for a few weeks to only consuming water and teas for a few days. Commit to a 1, 7, 14, or 21 day protocol.The cleaner your temple the clearer your intuition will be.
Beneficial Winter Foods:
Fruits: Apples, Cranberries, grapefruit, oranges, persimmon, pomegranate, and pineapple.
Vegetables: Sturdy Greens, kale, roots, celery, winter squash, pumpkin,  sea vegetables- hijiki and kombu.
Herbs: Rosemary, juniper, birch, and yarrow.
Grains: Brown rice, buckwheat, and oats.
Legumes: Soybeans kidney beans, adzuki beans, and black-eyed peas. 
Below is a instructions for Winter Tissue Cleansing ad my Winter Solstice Cleansing Smoothie. Drink the smoothie for 3-5 days for gentle cleanse of your bladder and kidneys. During the winter these two organs are open to being cleansed. 
Winter Tissue Cleansing
Time Frame: 3 days
3/4 Cup Orange Juice  (Fresh Squeezed)
1/4 Cup Lime Juice  (Fresh Squeezed)
1/4 Cup Pure Water
1. Make the juice as needed and drink 8-ounce portions throughout the day when hungry or thirsty. Have a minimum of 6 drinks per day.
2. Three times a day drink warm tea herbal tea made from one of the following herbs: goldenseal leaf, comfrey, fenugreek, myrrh, echinacea, black walnut leaf, barberry, or catnip.
3. Utilize internal bath of your choice: enema, or colonic. Take sweat baths when possible. 

Beet Smoothie


Turn up the Beet
2  bananas, fresh or frozen
2 cups of parsley or beet tops
1 beet, chopped or grated
½ cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
¼ cup of cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 tbl of fresh ginger
1 cup of water
Ice cups (optional, use of no frozen fruit was used)
Place all ingredients in blender (beets first). Blend until smooth. Serves 2.
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I have come to embrace the winter time as a time to go within. I LIVE it for writing! The writing prompts are amazing!

Wilda Babe Prèvil

Thank you for this! This is just what I need at this moment in time… asè!

Cheryl Bennett

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