Joanna Bristow Watkins

GaelicRituals

  • Winter Solstice, 21st December 2018

    Friday 21st December is the Pagan Solstice @ 22.22.  It's the Winter Solstice here in the UK - the shortest day of the year with just 7 hours and 49 minutes daylight. The solstice itself is the moment the sun is shining farthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, so the time is varies every year, between December 20th and 23rd.

    The solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years as a major Pagan festival with rituals of rebirth. Revellers will gather at Stonehenge to watch the sunrise on the shortest day. Then, here in the Northern Hemisphere, our days will gradually get longer until the summer solstice on Friday 21st June 2019.

    Many believe that the traditions now associated with Christmas had their roots in Pagan Winter Solstice celebrations; including misteltoe, Yule logs and even Christmas trees. The Druids - an ancient Celtic order of priests, diviners, teachers and magicians who gleaned knowledge and enlightenment from ancient trees such as ‘Tutorial Oaks’ and sacred landscapes - used evergreen trees, mistletoe and holly (could the word 'holy' be derived from this) to represent everlasting life.  Druids consider the cutting of trees an offence against nature, but would happily decorate them with colourful rags tied onto the branches. 

    22 22 Silver Platinum Star Gate of Moons from Angela McGerrs Love Light CardsAccording to Simone Metthews at UniversalLifeTools, this year, as every year, we have an interesting galactic alignment this month. This year it is between the 7th December (New Moon this year) and the 22nd/23rd December (Full Moon in UK at 17.50 on 22nd but takes place on 23rd December in some countries).  On 19th December, the Earth, Sun and Galactic Centre (in Sagittarius) are aligned along the same plane within our Milky Way.  We also have what Simone refers to as a Galactic Evolutionary Triangle - a Tetrahedron formed by connecting the Earth, Sirius, Alcyone with our Galactic Centre.

    Simone recommends that during this time we can energetically connect wth the structure of the water within us and set the intention fornit to become liquid cystalline. This is said to activate our DNA and attune us to our genetic potential and achieve the best template for ourselves to help us towards our evolutionary and life purpose. More details on the Galactic Alignment on Simone's website.

    The image on the right shows 22:22 Silver Platinum Star Gate of Moons drawn by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Love & Light Cards.