Happy Winter Solstice!
How will you mark the longest night of the year? What rituals do you enjoy practicing as we officially transition to winter? Days begin to lengthen now, and many traditions use fire, lights and candles to symbolize bringing a spark of illumination into darkness. You can try the simple fire ceremony I shared in class and in my newsletter. Please email me if you aren’t yet receiving my newsletter!
Solstice Spiral and Happy Winter Solstice Song
Especially if you have a larger group of different ages, try this beautiful seasonal tradition which I learned from our community of yogis. It is derived from the Waldorf earth based ritual, and adds a beautiful song which integrates each child’s name.
The children create a spiral they can walk through. In Florida we use the moss which drips from the trees, but you can use anything. String lights? Painters tape? Chalk on sidewalk? Be creative. We help the kids carve apples to hold real candles. They very carefully and ceremoniously take turns carrying their candle to the center as we celebrate them with this angelic song. At the end, they serve everyone cookies they have baked. It is the most tender, heartwarming ritual I think I’ve ever been part of.
Children’s Winter Solstice Song for Solstice Spiral
by Hari Bhajan Kaur
On the golden star path walking
______________ travels far
Brings to us the light of heaven
Brighter than the brightest star…
Moonbeams shine for _____________
Bells of heaven sweetly ring
All the earth is hushed to listen
When the angel voices sing…
Soft her/his footsteps on the star path
Stardust sprinkled in her/his way
______________ brings to us the sunshine
Brighter than the brightest day…
Happy Winter Solstice
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