Ahhh the winter time is officially here, though in Detroit we are experiencing plenty of rain and no snow.
I won’t complain even though I am in need of the sun to come from behind the clouds and kiss my melanin but in due time Imani, in due time!
The first day of winter is here, bringing us another time to celebrate and do our rituals. This is a time to invite in the new season and deepen our appreciation for the “ever-changing flow of life” that we all naturally adapt to.
The December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year, after the winter solstice the days become longer and the nights become shorter.
Our ancestors have been doing rituals since the beginning of time, and it’s nice to be able to carry on the tradition and find our own reasons to give thanks.
We probably have all read a million articles by now on how to celebrate the Winter Solstice and I won’t bore you with another one…I promise. I am just going to list one way to celebrate among the million.
I like to celebrate the new season coming into fruition by acknowledging the new season and what it has to offer.
We all usually dread the winter time, we dread cleaning off the car, we dread putting on a million layers and we dread slipping and sliding around in the snow.
The winter isn’t as miserable as we all make it out to be though, we actually can enjoy the winter months with activities that keep us happy and warm.
All of the pretty lights that are strung up around the city and all the wintery drinks that make you feel all tingly inside are something to look forward to.
Just being able to shift our approach and mind frame towards winter can help us open up to the many opportunities the season has to offer.
(nope that wasn’t apart of how to celebrate…more like how to get your ass in the Winter spirit!)
The one way I celebrate winter is by doing a fire ritual, I got this idea from MysticMamma.com which has information on all things spiritual.
The fire ritual can be done by yourself or with others.
The ritual includes lighting a toasty fire, indoor or outdoors (safety first,) and if your by yourself you can just get a nice size steel bowl and use that for your burning ceremony.
You would then write down on a piece of paper all the things you want to give away, it can be anything! Big or small! Whatever is on your heart, we want to dig for those things that we have been suppressing for some time now.
We want those things to be given away because they serve us no purpose in our elevation and we want to rid ourselves of suppressed energy because suppressed energy causes stress and stress causes sickness.
So once we have set and meditated with our thoughts and finally have gotten our giveaways down on paper we then can say a little mantra or affirmation as we burn our paper:
“I release all the energy on this paper and all the suppressed energy in my heart, soul and spirit.”
“I am open to release…(whatever is on your paper.)
“I am more powerful than these things, people and or situations and I release them into the universe never to find there way back to me.”
Of course you can make up your own if your not feeling those suggestions.
Once you are done with your giveaways you or your group of Goddesses and/or Gods seal off the ritual by banging on drums, shakers and or bells. Then you gather for a release dance (which just involves you closing your eyes and moving your body to the spirit and energy you just created.)
You can also add in a toast once you have completed the ritual, toast to getting rid of the unwanted and inviting in the greatness to come.
No matter what type of ritual/celebration you choose to do know that we are celebrating and giving thanks and millions of others around the Earth are doing the same. It’s a beautiful thing.
Side note: you can add your own flavor to this ritual, if you have some of your favorite crystals, candles, incense and/or pictures of ancestors please bring those to the gathering.