What is the Winter Solstice?

Winter Solstice marks the transition from the lush harvest period to the time of harsh weather, scarce food and sparing use of resources stocked for the winter.

This day has a long history and it has always been shrouded with mysteries. The celebrations of Winter Solstice date back to Ancient Rome and China and are held far and wide, from Stonehenge to Mayan pyramids. The day is also associated with milestone events and acts of magic.

Winter Solstice and December Holidays

In most countries of the world, the calendar for December is chequered with holidays: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, the New Year, etc. All of them originated from ancient celebrations of the Winter Solstice. And the festivities still continue today, with all of their fairy lights, fireworks, feasts, singing and dancing, and having lots of fun together with your family or anyone you love.

Hanukkah candles

Winter Solstice in Astrology

In astrology, the Winter Solstice is the time when the ruling celestial body of the zodiac – the Sun – leaves adventurous Sagittarius and enters steady Capricorn. It happens in the darkest and longest night of the year. It seems like the Sun is not moving on this day. People are encouraged to light up candles and electric lights, laugh and fool around. But it is also the day and night for thorough reflection and life-changing conclusions.

Winter Solstice happens when the Sun leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn

What to Do During Winter Solstice?

Since the Sun enters practical Capricorn, it will be a great idea to look back on the year that is about to end and make a thought-over New Year’s resolution. Did you always make the right choices? Did you do anything you now regret? While it takes place amidst fun and festivities, the Winter Solstice should be taken seriously and used as an opportunity to start the upcoming New Year on the right foot!