The winter solstice, hiemal solstice or hibernal solstice, also known as midwinter, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year, when the Sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky. At the pole, there is continuous darkness or twilight around the winter solstice. Its opposite is the summer solstice.
Since prehistory, the winter solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. It marked the symbolic death and rebirth of the Sun. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice
This is the shortest day of the year. From today, the days will get longer as we grow towards the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day. So goes the cycles of the world. The first light of the sun begins the new solar cycle, In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the longest and darkest night of the year, the dark triumps over the light, but this is the turning point.
The energy of winter is that of going within. It’s the fruitful darkness and silence out of which our soul’s yearnings and new inspirations can eventually emerge. As we consciously link our awareness to nature’s cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begin to deepen.
Why do we spend so much time suppressing and hiding our darkness? When negative emotions come up and we feel them, they’re inconvenient, uncomfortable, or worse, we make ourselves wrong for feeling them.
When we fear our own darkness, we cut ourselves off from an essential source of our own personal power. The key is not in letting darkness overwhelm our lives and our thoughts but in understanding that darkness can be one of the greatest catalysts for personal growth and transformation.
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