The most energetically significant day of the season is coming up at the end of this week: the Winter Solstice on Sunday the 21st. This is a time to go within, to reflect upon the year and to make plans for the coming one. The energy this week will be very supportive in terms of transformation and release, but you need to take action in order to make the most of it. Let’s take a detailed look at what we can expect and what we can do to maximise the benefits of the energy.
Monday December 15th we start the week with a very high-energy day with the emphasis on dramatic transformation, breakthroughs and new opportunities and possibilities. This energetic influence will be felt over the next few weeks and offers so much potential for positive change and growth. Very exciting! To make the most of this energy, it’s very important to take time to reflect upon what you need to let go of in order to grow and transform: situations, patterns, people, methods of doing things, relationships etc. Whatever no longer serves you and your higher purpose needs to be released! This will open the way for new, fresh, empowering energy to come flooding in… but you need to LET GO first. The intuition is also very strong during this time, so make sure to listen to your “gut instinct” or inner-voice. Whatever you are clinging to will just drag you down. Those who refuse to release and change will encounter unnecessary difficulties and frustration: so reflect upon any areas of your life where you are experiencing frustration, blockages etc. and recognise what you need to change/release.
Tuesday December 16th is a high-energy day when the energy will be flowing strongly in the area of mental capabilities. This makes it a great day for problem-solving, logical thought, focus and concentration. You can make the most of this energy by setting aside time to reflect logically on any issues or blockages that you are currently dealing with. Make sure to write down any ideas or breakthroughs!
Wednesday December 17th the energy will be rather low-key, making it a good day to just “go with the flow”. Don’t push too hard with existing projects and goals and avoid starting new projects (if possible).
Thursday December 18th we have another “quiet” day, energetically speaking. Again, it’s better to just “go with the flow” today. You can also take advantage of this rather low-key day by taking extra time to reflect upon the past year, what you have accomplished in 2014 and what you would like to accomplish in the New Year. Remember that I’ve been writing about the importance of letting go of what no longer serves you in order to create transformation… take time to reflect upon this further.
Friday December 19th the energy starts to increase and shift following the last two days of “quiet” energy. It is likely that you’ve been inspired this week to approach situations in more unconventional ways… today you can receive the inspiration to take action and put these ideas into practise. If you would like to receive more inspiration, it’s a good idea to take time for meditation. Sitting quietly and comfortably, breathing deeply and evenly, maintain your attention on your breath. If your mind wanders, simply return your focus to your breathing. By meditating, you create the “space” in which to receive guidance and inspiration.
Saturday December 20th is a high-energy day when we will be experiencing the energy of opportunities, manifestation and transformation. Rather than sitting back and letting the energy happen, it is very important to take action in order to reap the rewards of a day like today. The opportunities of today will be focused in the areas of abundance and prosperity, so get out there and take action where it is needed! You can also tap into this energy by taking time to sit quietly and visualise each of your goals in their completed forms, engaging your emotions and using as many of your senses as possible. Intend that each goal is now complete. If you are a Reiki 2 (or above) practitioner, it’s the ideal time to work on your Reiki affirmations. Manifesting exercises are strongly supported today, so make the most of it!
Regarding transformation, continue the exercise of letting go of patterns, situations, people, relationships etc. that no longer serve your highest good. The intuition will be especially strong today, so don’t be surprised if you receive flashes of inspiration and guidance… these can assist you in the process of change and transformation. The energy will continue to build as the day progresses and we approach tomorrow’s Winter Solstice.
Sunday December 21st is a VERY high-energy day when we experience the Winter Solstice and the event of Uranus turning direct after being retrograde since July 21st. As Uranus turns direct, there is a large push of energy supporting intuition, appreciating and expressing the unique aspects of your character and taking action in assisting others in your own special way. The healing of relationship issues is also strongly supported today.
Regarding the Winter Solstice, this marks the day with the fewest hours of daylight in the year (for those in the Northern hemisphere). Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years as a celebration of Light and the rebirth of the Sun. Winter Solstice marks a time of going within, in order to renew ourselves in preparation for the birth to come. Although the energy is strong today, it is more of a “yin” or feminine, energy. This is a day that is best suited to deep meditation, contemplation and ‘quiet’. The energy today is also very helpful for meditation and insight. Use this day to contemplate the past year, and ask yourself the following questions:
When were the times when I was most out-of-balance?
What patterns have I been pushed to change?
Which personal judgements do I make that limit my personal and spiritual growth?
What are my greatest fears, and how have they been challenged this year?
With these answers, you can do the following:
CREATE A MOMENT OF RE-BIRTH! You can use the answers to the above questions to help you create clear and solid goals. Remember that the energy of the Winter Solstice = huge potential for change and growth!
You can also do a ‘ritual’ to release the negative energy, fears, etc. by burning the paper upon which you have written your answers to the above questions. Write down everything as clearly as possible, really expressing your inner-self. Then, sitting quietly and comfortably, breathe deeply and evenly. Begin reading from your list, preferably aloud: say “I completely and joyfully release…..” and then read your answers. For example, “I completely and joyfully release the fear I feel when things aren’t going my way”. Or, “I completely and joyfully release the anger I express whenever I feel my ego being challenged” etc.
When you are done, it is time to burn the paper. Have a fire-safe dish (a steel cooking pot etc.) ready. Set the paper alight, and place it in the fire-safe container… as it burns, strongly intend or feel that all of your fears, issues etc., are also being burned away. Feel the sense of release, and of the sense of re-birth… NOW is the time for a new start! If you prefer, you can create an object that represents your fears, issues etc., and then burn it instead of the paper.
As well as reflecting upon what you need to change and release, also take time to reflect upon what you have accomplished during 2014. Acknowledge your successes (whether big or small)! You can also create a list of what you would like to continue to build upon, goals you would like to achieve etc. It’s a great time to make plans!
I also highly recommend meditating today, ideally outdoors (if weather permits). You can do your own or you can try the following ones:
Sit quietly and close your eyes. If you are a Reiki (or other energy) practitioner, place the hands on the body, resting lightly on the knees, or placed over the heart chakra. Breathe deeply and evenly, focusing attention on the breath and quieting the mind.
When you feel calm and centred, begin to imagine your breath as a radiant white light. Imagine/intend that this light is coming directly from the Divine source, filling you and energising every cell of your body with every breath. Be aware of being filled with vitality, strength, joy and love. With every breath, this feeling intensifies…
Feel your heart chakra glowing and growing…expanding infinitely…filled with love.
Feel how we are all ONE, how your love connects you with every living thing. Feel your energy expanding so that you are filled with love for all…feel your connection with the Earth. Continue breathing deeply and evenly.
Imagine that this brilliant light which fills you is expanding throughout the world, and beyond. Feel your connection with the universe, with the Divine!
Give yourself permission to expand! Give yourself permission to raise your vibration, be aware of the higher energies.
When you are feeling this connection, this one-ness, just “be”. Take as much time as you like to enjoy this experience, this feeling.
Begin by sitting quietly, breathing deeply and evenly, feeling yourself relax with every breath (for energy-workers, place the hands over the heart chakra, or on the abdomen). For this meditation, your intention is important, so be clear about what it is you would like to do. State your intention clearly in your head. Examples could be: “I now open myself to receive the energies of the Solstice”, or “I now open myself to receive the energies that raise my energetic vibration” etc., or whatever feels right for you! After stating your intention, imagine that with every in-breath, a white light enters the top of your head (your Crown chakra), and travels down to your Heart chakra (in the centre of your chest). When you exhale, simply allow the breath to leave your body. Remember, this white light is the energy that you called in with your intent.
Continue to breathe in the white light to your Heart chakra, seeing it glowing and growing with a brilliant light. When you feel that your Heart chakra is completely filled with this white light, intend/visualise that with every in-breath you continue to breath the white light into your Heart, and with every out-breath, your Heart chakra expands… this ball of white light continues to grow, encompassing your entire body…. continue to breath in, and then expand this light. You can enjoy this state of being, or, if you like, you can expand this light further… to encompass all around you.
Remain in this state for as long you like… but take your time with this one, it’s very special!
If you would like to join one of the worldwide meditations, I suggest that you go online and do a search for “winter solstice meditations”, this way you can also get an idea of when these meditations are taking place so that no matter where you live you will be able to synchronise your meditation with these groups.
During these times of accelerating energy and awareness, we either take action or stagnate. Remember that chaos is always part of new creation, so when it’s time to change, sometimes we just need to take a deep breath… trust… and go for it! The changing/re-organisation of energy fields creates incredibly unexpected new things in your life. So embrace the changes, go with it, consciously let go of the “old”.
Wishing all of you a wonderful week and a magical Winter Solstice. Be sure to make the most of it!