Winter Solstice celebrations in Australia exude a unique enchantment. Although devoid of snow and frosty mornings for some of us, this occasion still signifies the lengthening of days. The Sun gradually rises earlier and sets later.
Allow me to share some of my personal ideas for embracing the Winter Solstice here in Australia. I find the preparation for this enchanting event to be more exhilarating than the day itself. However, that does not diminish my enjoyment of this magical time of year. The Winter Solstice holds a special place among my favourite celebrations!
Here are some practical and easy ideas for some Winter Solstice celebrations, all while safeguarding your magical secret if you happen to be “in the broom closet” still!
Ways to Celebrate the Australian Winter Solstice
Partake in a Fire Ritual
Pagans began the lighting of fires to conquer the darkness and bring in abundance for the coming year.
In some cultures, a Yule log is used for the homes hearth or for the bonfires in modern celebration of Yule.
Celebrate by Candlelight
Light candles, of any kind, to symbolise the lengthening of days and the Suns return. Use the light to celebrate love and life returning to the earth after the cold winter. Or use the candle light to reveal the hidden aspect of yourself, your shadow self, and acknowledge the darkness that needs to be released. Find your inner light and emerge out of the dark with newfound inner wisdom and strength.
Winter Solstice Aromatherapy
During the colder months, all and any heat is a welcomed feeling. With candles and fires lit, why not invoke the energy of the Sun with the magic of scent? Mix together warming essential oils for a wintery oil blend and slowly warm them in an oil burner/warmer. Alternatively, heat a mixture of the Sun’s herbs in a cauldron for a warming simmer pot. Herbs of Orange, Mandarin, Lime, Juniper, Cinnamon and Rosemary are my gotos for a Midwinter cleanse.
Decorate Your Sacred Space
Let your creative energy flow and decorate your home with items that welcome back the Sun. I would say deck the halls with Holly but we don’t really do that here in Australia. So instead of bringing Holly into the home, bring in some Australian winter magic by finding seasonal foliage for your altar, popping up some gum nuts, dried citrus, sticks, ribbons, and whatever is calling to you.
Watch the Sun Rise
One simple little ritual that has been performed (and documented) for centuries is watching the Sun rise. It’s a simple way for honouring the return of the Sun’s light and the lengthening of days to come. The best part is, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home! Sit by the window and let the Sun’s rays revive your spirit and energise any offerings or tools you have laid out.
Celebrate Winter Your Way
When it comes to the winter solstice and its magic, there’s no “one way” to celebrate it. Some Australian Wiccans and Pagans celebrate Yule during the winter solstice. For me, I celebrate the Winter Solstice in my own way, as a Midwinter festival day. Most of these ways to celebrate the Winter Solstice are incorporated into the festive day, making the home comfy and warm for the family. Try incorporating some of these little rituals into your Winter Solstice day and feel the change in energy!
May we Speak in Spells again soon.