Discovering Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. We sat down with our Torquay Studio Manager, Sophia to learn all about the Winter Solstice and the up and coming workshops, From Dark to Light in Torquay and South Melbourne.
1. What does this time of year mean to you?
To me the Winter Solstice marks the coldest part of winter almost like this light that beams from a lighthouse from the dark depth of the oceans shores, as my mind and body start to dampen due to short dark days it gives me momentum for a subtle shift, a change in habits and a change in season.
It also signifies hibernation - a time to go within, be less social, nurture myself and loved ones and take time to be less distracted and more creative with my passions. It makes me move slower, eat slower, be warm and be quiet. I also find that it is a powerful place to get clear on where I want to go and what I want to manifest in this point in time.
3. Do you feel we should adjust any habits or patterns to suit this time of year?
Absolutely! I read this question staring into a blazing warm but soft fire creating warmth and light right in front of me and this signifies everything about the deepest darkest part of winter in my eyes. I believe that seasons teach us a lot of lessons, that there is no light without darkness, everything is energy and that nothing is a constant. Alike to a season everything goes through changes fluctuations, none worse than others just simply different. And when we accept this and surrender to this and go with the rhythmn of life itself we can adapt our lifestyles, habits and comforts to support us during these changes.
On a habitual level I eat warmer, heavier foods from the ground, including root vegetables, soups, stews, I want to sleep more, be inside more hibernate and nurture.
4. For many, winter and darkness is a time to retract and stay in doors. How can we embrace the colder, darker months?
I love this question as I feel it is largely in our society that we have created this attitude towards darkness and winter being a negative part of life when really all of life and its seasons are truly beautiful. When actually the winter solstice during many ancient cultures was celebrated with ceremonies to celebrate and put hope in the turning point in increasing light. In certain cold climates the winter solstice was a big last feast before the depth of winter and less fresh food began celebrating the food they had as a last indulgence until the warmer months. Many cultures even had astronomical observatroies so they could stay tuned and in rhythm with the solitices and equinoxs.