You may have heard the words: Winter Solstice quite a bit lately, so what is it exactly?
June 22nd brings the Winter Solstice, which is the symbolic death and rebirth of the Sun. It’s also the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere, which marks the seasonal shift and beginning of Winter. During the Solstice, we embrace our friends, family, and neighbours with open arms in our homes. As the air begins to chill, we are reminded live in the moment, reflect on the past, and plan for the future. We honor the cycle of life, the dawn of a new season, and a new chance to evolve.
With the beginning of Winter, we also start the season of Cancer. Known for their nurturing and protective energy, Cancers are a cardinal water sign who care deeply about their closest relationships and home life. Intuitive and sentimental, the crab is ruled by the ever changing emotional Moon, and only shows itself at night. With their ability to side crawl, the tough crustacean is the only zodiac sign able to see situations from a different perspective. This allows them to be creative, artistic, innovators, and poets. With Cancer Season and Winter aligning at the same time, it’s the perfect opportunity to crawl in bed and cuddle with your pet or a loved one and initiate extra tender loving self-care. The days will get shorter and the nights longer - make sure you spend the majority of your time doing what you love and enjoy most.
How to celebrate the Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice is a time of emotional centering and togetherness, which is why we celebrate it with those we hold near and dear to our hearts. A social gathering during the longest night of the year with intimate relations filled with merriment and singing will warm the heart with cheer. Yes, karaoke counts! Crooning old tunes and harmonising melodies with loved ones by the fireplace is an ideal way to honor the new season.
Meals for the Solstice
A potluck community dinner is ideal. Stews are a very good option for a Solstice dinner party. The meal can be heavy, due to the climatic seasonal change (therefore, rich foods are a must). Being that it is Cancer Season as well, stuffed crab or crab cakes are a good idea to keep the evening on theme. Squash, smoked meats and fish, and spiced breads are traditional fare.
Aperitifs with alcohol
Mulled wine is a typical cocktail served at Solstice parties. An updated version is Prosecco with apples and a dash of cinnamon. Another option that will make us feel extra warm and toasty is a apple cider and rye mix.
Non-Alcoholic beverage option
Apple cider and sparkling cider are great non-alcoholic drinks to honor the Solstice with. A “virgin” Sangria made of cranberry juice, club soda, apple slices, and oranges will keep the fun going all night.
Lights strung around the home or a tree (a Christmas tree knockoff will do) are choice decorations for the Solstice. Also, a fire and warm colors such as red, yellow, and orange will add heat inside, to offset the cool temperature outside. Placing evergreen on the mantle will stimulate our senses and bring out the classic heavenly winter smell, as we toast to old and new times coming with sherry or port.
Gift giving is a Solstice tradition. Usually they are little trinkets given to neighbors, family, and friends to show them that we care. An ideal Solstice gift is a charitable donation in someone else’s name to help spread the love and warmth we hope to feel during winter, even though it’s cold outside.