Winter solstice 22 June 2019 – celebrate the light
The shortest day and longest night of the year in the Southern Hemisphere is Saturday, 22 June 2019 at 1:54am (AEST). This is the Winter Solstice. The Latin word for Solstice is ‘solstitium’, meaning ‘sun-stopping,’ where the Sun seems to stop and rest on the horizon when rising and setting. The path of the Sun is furthest North, travelling the shortest path in the sky.
This is the time of year when the Sun ingresses or moves into the Cardinal Water sign of Cancer, heralding the Winter season. The days will then start to become longer after this date, reaching equal daylight and darkness at the time of the Spring (or Vernal) Equinox on 23 September 2019. This is the next seasonal shift when the Sun makes its entrance into the Cardinal Air sign of Libra.
Cancer is an emotionally sensitive sign, ruled by the Moon. Crabs are prone to ‘go into their shell’ when feeling the need for self-protection. The Solstice is a time to turn inwards, to quietly pause and reflect on how we feel life is going and where we may need to reset our intentions for the new season ahead. Where do you need to face your darkness or shadow? In what areas of life do you let go of what isn’t serving you? Where do you need to step into celebrating your own light, have a rebirth, make new plans or a fresh start?
Rituals to celebrate the Solstice and the rhythms of the Earth include lighting a candle or fire, being still and connecting with yourself as part of the inner journey, sharing a meal with loved ones or visiting a meaningful place in nature.