Wild Woman Wheel of The Year, honours and celebrates the Winter Solstice, a sacred juncture marking the shortest day and the longest night, is rich with symbolism and traditions that transcend cultures.
Festival of Rebirth:
The Winter Solstice is a festival of rebirth, symbolising the cyclical nature of life. It’s a time to reflect on the past, shed the old, and embrace the promise of new beginnings.
Festival of Return of the Sun:
As the Winter Solstice approaches, it heralds the return of the sun. This pivotal moment, when the sun is reborn, is celebrated as a triumph of light over darkness.
Festival of Peace & Love:
The Winter Solstice embodies a spirit of peace and love. It’s a time to come together, share warmth, and extend goodwill to one another.
Sun Child reborn to the Virgin Goddess:
Mythologically, the Sun Child is reborn to the Virgin Goddess during the Winter Solstice, symbolising purity, potential, and the renewal of life.
Crone dies and conception of Maiden Goddess:
The Crone, representative of the old year, undergoes a symbolic death, paving the way for the conception of the Maiden Goddess, embodying the fresh, youthful energy of the new cycle.
Crone reborn into Virgin Self:
The Crone is reborn into her Virgin Self, representing the transformative and regenerative aspect of the Winter Solstice.
Give birth to the Visions that we have been incubating:
The Winter Solstice is a time to give birth to the visions and dreams nurtured throughout the year, fostering creativity and manifestation.
A Sacred Pause time to turn in, reflect and ask what light is ready to rebirth:
This sacred pause invites introspection, encouraging individuals to turn inward, reflect on their journeys, and discern what aspects of their inner light are ready to be reborn.
A rebirth of the Whole, not a linear process:
The rebirth during the Winter Solstice is holistic, emphasising the interconnectedness of all aspects of life rather than a linear progression.
Samhain to Winter Solstice prepares rebirth from the Cauldron of Regeneration:
The period from Samhain to Winter Solstice is a preparatory phase, akin to a journey through the Cauldron of Regeneration, paving the way for renewal.
A passageway through the womb to be reborn into the light:
Metaphorically, the Winter Solstice is a passageway through the womb of the Earth, offering individuals the opportunity to be reborn into the metaphorical light.
Marks the time when energies of the Earth element are at the peak:
The Winter Solstice signifies the peak of Earth’s energies, grounding individuals in the present while preparing for the emergence of new vitality.
The darkest time of year with messages of hope for the Spring:
In the darkest time of the year, the Winter Solstice carries messages of hope, foreshadowing the eventual arrival of spring and the renewal of life.
Death of the old form and birth of the new form:
The Winter Solstice represents the death of the old form, making space for the birth of the new form, both in nature and within ourselves.
Lord of Death, reborn as the Sun King:
Symbolically, the Lord of Death undergoes a transformation, being reborn as the Sun King, embodying the light that will grow stronger with each passing day.
Holly King dies and is reborn as the Oak King, who will die at Summer Solstice:
The cycle of the Holly King and the Oak King unfolds, with the former dying during the Winter Solstice and the latter destined to pass at the Summer Solstice.
Poetically the “Dark night of the Soul” as it’s the darkest night of the year:
Described poetically as the “Dark Night of the Soul,” the Winter Solstice is the epitome of darkness before the emergence of the rejuvenating light.
It gives rise to the spark of hope and the promise of a new rebirth:
The Winter Solstice kindles a spark of hope, promising a new rebirth and the gradual return of light, both literally and metaphorically.
Myths adopted by Christianity to give rise to Jesus’ birth on Dec 25th
The ancient myths surrounding the Winter Solstice have been adopted by Christianity, with Jesus’ birth on December 25 aligning with the symbolism of the rebirth of the Sun and the Son of God. The Sun is the active principle of life to restore and heal.