Winter Solstice

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The dark days and nights of midwinter can be tough for many people, especially if we catch one of the bugs that happens to be doing a tour that season.The winter solstice is a chance to banish the gloom and welcome the lengthening of the days. A time to spend with family and friends, or in quiet solitude, thinking of what the year has been and what the next year will be. Glennie Kindred calls this celebration the Festival of Rebirth.

This is a time of year for lighting candles, bringing in evergreen to the house, or decorating a log for the fire. The sacred fires of midwinter always had a large Oak log to burn. I am looking forward to spending some time with friends and burning some Mugwort on a fire outside to ritually move into the new year.

The Holly is very symbolic of this time of year, its bright evergreen leaves representing the ‘life force in winter’. It was grown near houses for protection and considered to be lucky and not to be cut down. Herbally it’s leaves can be used to treat colds and flu, and urinary infections.

Whatever you do to celebrate the turning of the seasons I hope you have a lovely time, and continue to look for little wild green treats to keep you in good health when you are out such as Dandelion, Chickweed and Ground Ivy.

simonemelanie, 2016

 

Resources:

Glennie Kindred, The Earth’s Cycle of Celebration, 2002.

Jaqueline Memory Paterson, Tree Wisdom, 1996.

Tess Darwin, Scot’s Herbal.

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