winter solstice ritual

winter solstice ritual

Saturday is the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule. On this day the tilt of the Earth’s semi-axis is furthest away from the Sun, creating the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This is a sacred day that predates Christmas by thousands of years, and is the day where we welcome the merging of the darkest time of the year and the emergence into the newborn light. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin solstitium, meaning “point at which the sun stands still.”

So often we forget the pause, the empty space between tasks, or even the empty space between thoughts. But on Saturday, when the sun stands still, we are reminded to not overlook the pause, but to savour it.

Deep in your consciousness may be an ancestral memory, a part of your spiritual DNA, that still senses the cosmic significance of this day.


And I’d love to share a Winter Solstice ritual that you will help you connect with that memory.

  1. Gather with your family in your home. Everyone should have a flashlight and a smaller candle. Light a large, central candle that everyone can stand around.
  2. Go through your house and turn off all the lights, so that there is darkness everywhere except for your candle.
  3. Gather back to your central candle and then blow it out.
  4. Pause in the darkness and reflect on the stillness and the celestial pause happening today. Allow yourself to feel how darkness is important for our growth, our evolution. You may wish to share what has been in the shadows for you over this last 6 month period. True consciousness comes from embracing both the darkness and the light.
  5. When complete, re-light your central candle. Sense into the spark of illumination that is expanding around you.
  6. Everyone, one at a time, should light their smaller candle from the central candle. Share an intention or desire that you wish to manifest over this next 6 month period.
  7. Celebrate with some food and music!


On the Solstice the mystical forces of transformation are deeply present. Taking time for ritual, however simple or short can be a powerful way to receive the gifts this sacred day offers.

how you can celebrate the Summer Solstice

how you can celebrate the Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year fast approaches, this Friday, June 21st.

The word solstice comes from two Latin words meaning ‘sun’ and ‘stoppage’, this will be the day that the sun stops moving North and reaches its highest point of the year.

The Solstice represents a time of newness, nourishment and sustenance – an opportunity to turn our attention inward and cast light on the shadows.

Cultures all over the world and throughout history, have celebrated this day. They observed that the expansion of consciousness opened through meditation, practice and ceremony on the Solstice is magnified in a very powerful way. Taking pause on this special day can be a very potent experience.

There are many ways to celebrate this special day, here are a few suggestions:

  • Be intentional and turn off all your devices for some part of the day. This helps you align into the frequency of your chosen ritual.
  • Prepare a home altar with colours of the sun – brilliant golds, red and oranges. Use candles, flowers, food and anything that brings thoughts of brightness and radiance into your being.
  • In a journal or in meditation, reflect upon your journey over the last 6 months. What has transpired for you in the first half of the journey around the sun this year?
  • Place a jar or bowl of water out in the sun early on Friday to be energized with the Solstice sun. Drink in the later day to receive the vitality of the most important of cosmic entities.
  • Write a list of your intentions for the next 6 months. Bury these intentions in your garden to grow with you over this next cycle of light.
Most importantly, play, have fun and remember all that you’ve generated this year & honour what has burst into creation!

If you have a particular ceremony or practice that you use to celebrate the Solstice – please share it on my Facebook Page. I would love to know how you honour this special day.

Celebrating Summer Solstice

Celebrating Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere arrives tomorrow when the sun stops moving North and reaches its highest point of the year ~ the Summer Solstice. Cultures all over the world and throughout history have celebrated this day. They observed that the expansion of consciousness opened through meditation, practice and ceremony on the Solstice is magnified in a very powerful way. Taking pause on this special day can be a very potent experience.
The Summer Solstice is celebrated at this time of peak bloom, and of great appreciation for the bounty delivered by our earth Pacha Mama. As Cait & Maura acknowledge:
“Summer is a festival of this inner fire/power, the power that makes abundance and nourishment grow from tiny seeds. The power that brings things to fulfillment, and expands and brightens our lives, that makes good things come from seed ideas and plans. And as we watch the ripening and flowering and fruiting all around us, we can’t help but be moved by and grateful for the generosity of the Earth Mother, who gives says what we need so unstintingly. Summer is a perfect time to discover our earth connection; by receiving her gifts with respect, taking only what we need, and doing what we can to minimize our impact on the delicate balance of the planet, we strengthen and nourish the bond we were given a birth with the great parent who sustains us all.” – ~ Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw from Celebrating the Great Mother
We can honour the balance between what Cait and Maura call the ‘intense activity and lazy, idle hours doing nothing” by celebrating this magical day tomorrow with this easy Summer Solstice Ritual:

  1. Go out into nature, whether forest, beach or park, and allow yourself to bask in the delicious feeling of nothingness for an hour (or at least 20-30 minutes). Let your toes slip through grass uncovered, do cartwheels among the trees or even take a dip in some brisk water. Celebrating the bounty of nature’s beauty through our simple enjoyment is one of the most powerful ways of appreciating our Mama Gaia.
  2. During your time, make a nature altar giving thanks. If you’re at a beach, gather and organize water plants, rocks, and sticks into a beautiful altar on the shore. If in the forest or a park, stack twigs, leaves, flowers and fallen debris into an installation celebrating the beauty found in mother nature.
  3. Sit back and open to the joy of seeing or imagining someone discover your creation!

Play, have fun and remember all that you’ve generated this year & honour what has burst into creation!
love & pranams,
carla

Happy Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule. On this day the tilt of the Earth’s semi-axis is furthest away from the Sun, creating the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This is a sacred day that predates Christmas by thousands of years, and is the day where we welcome the merging of the darkest time of the year and the emergence into the newborn light. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin solstitium, meaning “point at which the sun stands still.”
If you are like me, you may find that you tend to move hastily through life – from one thing to the next, one project to the next, one year to the next and so on. And in this haste we can so easily neglect the empty moments in between.
We forget the pause, the empty space between tasks, or even the empty space between thoughts. But today, when the sun stands still, we are reminded to not overlook the pause, but to savour it.
Despite living in a modern world, deep in your consciousness may be an ancestral memory, a part of your spiritual DNA, that still senses the cosmic significance of this day.
Take a moment to imagine that this celestial pause becomes an opening, a sacred portal. An opportunity to witness all the parts of ourselves that may have been in the shadows over the past 6 months, or longer. The thoughts, beliefs, emotions that are longing to be heard, seen, felt and realized within. Feel deep in your bones that you are exactly right just as you are. True consciousness comes from embracing both the darkness and the light.
Today the mystical forces of transformation are deeply present. I invite you to accompany me in creating space on the darkest day of the year to pause. Light a candle, write a few notes in your journal, close your eyes and breathe deeply, step into the sacred cosmic portal. Give yourself space to simply be still.
Won’t you join me?
love & pranams,
carla

OM Appetit – Summer Solstice Celebration

OM Appetit – Summer Solstice Celebration

OM APPETIT

SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
REGISTER

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at a Secret Location in Prince George, BC

chanting, asana, pranayama and ceremony

OM Appétit

Join Carla for her 8th Annual OM Appétit to welcome the year’s longest day on June 21st at another special Summer Solstice Celebration!
Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious and authentic Indian dinner on the Nechako.

carla wainwright ho'oponopono peacemaker prince george
We will begin with a fabulous two hour flowing yoga class including chanting, asana, pranayama and ceremony dedicated to celebrating this most special of days.
Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious and authentic Indian dinner and wonderful company outside beside the Nechako River. Come be a part of what promises to be a deliciously amazing and fun evening! All levels welcome.
Registration is limited and spots have filled up very quickly in the past, so register early! **Please note, this event will be held off site. Address will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $63 + gst. Includes yoga and dinner. Click here to register.