The Daily Dose welcomes author Jo Lynne Valerie to celebrate the Winter Solstice with us today! Jo Lynne is a fascinating woman and a fascinating author. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!
Let me start by saying I have been a fan of Heather Long and have been following this blog, just waiting for the moment when I'd be asked to guest. When the offer finally came, I was all over it! *winks* Thanks for the invite, Heather! *waves to Heather*
That said, let's talk about the Winter Solstice! There are powerful energies and traditions behind this astronomical holiday known to most simply as the first day of winter. But oh, it is so much more than that...
Now, the energy around us is deep and rich, vibrant with a sort of silent keening that can only be associated with one day and night phenomenon - Winter Solstice! I call it a phenomenon because in its most basic scientific definition, the Winter Solstice is considered a phenomenon as the sun will reach the highest northernmost point it will all year, and we will have the shortest day and longest night we will have, all year. Whenever astronomical arrangements like this occur, you can be sure energies on earth are high! And when energies on earth are high, so is our potential to tap into magical energy. Here are some simple ways you can feel the magic, this Winter Solstice.
BURN A CANDLE ON WINTER SOLSTICE
This is a practice associated with nearly every winter holiday: Christmas and Hanukkah being two that come readily to mind. But did you know the lighting of candles on or around the Winter Solstice dates back to the belief that although daylight hours are short on Winter Solstice, it is time to celebrate the return of the light (we'll gain small amounts of sunlight after the Solstice, starting with one minute increments, daily) and to actually "call" and "hold" the light?
Something very cool and powerful happens when we observe this tradition. We capture a little solar light and magic for ourselves, in the process. We feel healed and and revived, enlivened and energized. Who doesn't want that?! Here's what to do.
Light a white candle on the morning of the Winter Solstice (I light mine at sunrise) and say these words aloud:
Solstice sun, rising in the sky
Power of light now draws nigh
Soon it will be the longest night
Solstice energy, bless my life
Traditional candle colors to use are white to symbolize light itself, green to symbolize enduring life even in the cold of winter (hence the evergreen tree at the holidays!) or a rich red for protection and health during the winter months. If you would like to, and it you can do so safely, you may keep a candle burning continuously all day long, from sunrise to sundown on the Winter Solstice. Older cultures would keep their candles and more specifically, their Yule Log burning from sunrise all through the Winter Solstice night.
MAKE A WINTER SOLSTICE BLESSING OIL
This essential oil aromatherapy blend not only smells delicious, but it has magical properties, too! You will need a tea-lite candle oil warmer or a cold-air essential oil diffuser. Either one of these devices will spread the scent of your blend. You'll need three essential oils. The essential oils and cold air diffuser can be found at most health food stores; the tea-lite candle burner can be found at large discount department stores, at body-care stores and $1 stores.
Essential Oils to Use
15 drops pine essential oil (for protection, good health and vibrant life)
15 drops orange or tangerine essential oil (for blessings, joy, harmony and happy home)
5 drops cinnamon essential oil (for protection, good luck and prosperity)
If using a tea-lite oil warmer, start with 2-3 TB fresh cold water, then drop your oils on top. Warm with a candle and enjoy the fragrance. If you want to get fancy, you may add a thin slice of fresh orange and one cinnamon stick. Expect this presentation to be admired. *winks*
Note: Do not allow essential oils to directly touch your skin, as irritation may occur.
I hope you've enjoyed this Winter Solstice post! And a hearty thanks once again to Heather Long for having me.
- Jo Lynne
Jo Lynne Valerie is an Award-Winning-Paranormal author. Her first book, A Tale For All Seasons (a compilation of four novellas) was released in September of 2009 and her follow up book, Phoenix Rising was released in December 2009 on Amazon for Kindle. Ms. Valerie is a former magazine editor and currently teaches various metaphysical classes in Rochester, New York, where she lives with her family and is at work on her next paranormal novel. Her website is www.JoLynneValerie.com and her blog can be found at www.JoLynneValerie.blogspot.com . Ms. Valerie is also active on Myspace, Facebook and Twitter.