by Lina Elisabeth Preston 2 min read

The Winter Solstice

December 21

The winter solstice is the year's shortest day, the year's longest night with the least light.

During the winter solstice, the sun's path in the sky is the farthest south in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun is almost at a standstill for three days. After this, the length of the days gradually increases. Given time and longer days, there will be spring, and new growth will occur.

The winter solstice is a time of profound transformation and rebirth. From an astrological point of view, our New Year could occur during the winter solstice, when the old gives way to a new beginning.

The energy lends itself well to reflection, letting go, and sowing seeds for the future.

Make good use of this energy! The nights may be long, but we might think of this time as a time when the Inner Light is strong. We want to relax. Spend time in nature. Meditate. Honor loved ones who have passed.

The Gayatri Mantra honors the inner light that brings us enlightenment and Self-realization. This universal mantra is also for Lord Savitur (the Sun). This universal Mantra:

Om Bhuh, Bhuvah Swaha, Om Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat

Loosely translated, this means:

“O Divine Mother, may your pure divine light illuminate all realms (physical, mental, and spiritual) of our being. Please expel any darkness from our hearts and bestow upon us true knowledge.”

Christmas, when Jesus came to Earth to sow the seeds of hope, is celebrated shortly after the winter solstice. The blessings of Christ consciousness will help us rise to our true potential.

May You be Blessed with His Light and Joy,

Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina Elisabeth Preston

Lina Elisabeth Preston has been doing astrological consultations for 20 years. She is a certified Jyotish Visharada and member and practitioner with the Council of Vedic Astrology. Lina also works with vedic gemstones. A long time meditator and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Lina lives with her husband Binay at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Lina and Binay founded their business Northern Lights in 1990.

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