On the nineteenth day of Advent, my true love sent to me . . .
An oasis of peace and serenity on Solstice Day.
Another oldie-but-goodie from Waverly at the School of the Seasons. Her ritual is a bit of a challenge if you live with children or housemates who won't get with the program. But for those of us who can manage it — what a wonderful way to honor the Shortest Day and nurture ourselves as well.
Long ago I read in Patricia Monaghan's wonderful Book of Goddesses and Heroines that the Roman goddess of the winter solstice, Angerona, was shown with a bandaged mouth and a finger to her lips enjoining silence. This cryptic description inspired me to create a ritual which I've been practicing ever since. I spend the day of the Winter Solstice (December 21 this year) in silence. I don't answer the phone, I don't use my computer, I don't listen to the radio or watch television. I don't go shopping or engage in any social activities where talking would be expected. I hide the clocks and avoid using anything that requires electricity. My usual activities for the day include sleeping in, reading and going for a long walk in the nearby park. When dusk falls, early of course since it's the shortest day of the year, I light candles instead of turning on the lights and usually go to bed early, after a candlelit bath. I've been celebrating solstice this way for many years and I love my oasis of peace and serenity in the midst of the chaotic holiday season.