Winter Solstice usually occurs between December 20-22. It’s the longest night, and shortest day of the year. After the Solstice, the days begin to get longer. In ancient, indigenous traditions the world over, it’s a celebration of returning solar light. Every culture and religion has specific rituals and celebrations this time of year.
There are some broadly accepted ways to work with the Wheel of the Year. These are mostly drawn from Gaelic, Celtic, and Norse pre-Christian and Christianized practices occurring in a broadly pastoral/agricultural society. The Crone Herself honors these old, ancestral traditions, while encouraging us to understand the land, climate, and culture we currently live in. Developing a more personalized, hyper-local, and culturally relevant approach to marking the Wheel Year’s seasonal shifts helps us celebrate in meaningful ways during intersecting global crises. We honor the ancestors and become the bridge between them and our descendants.