Setting Intentions For The Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice falls on December 21st. The winter solstice is a time of quiet energy, where you get the opportunity to look within yourself and focus on what you want and need. The energy of the Winter Solstice allows us to change the direction of our lives. It's a time to set goals and intentions for the coming year, to examine and let go of the past, and to make changes for yourself and your future.
- Tourmaline and selenite for gridding you home
- Crystals for Winter Solstice Grid (see list below)
- Medicine Wheel Drawing
- Smudge, cleanse your home using sage (see smudging instruction below)
- Grid your home with Tourmaline and Selenite. (see instruction below)
- Choose a space for your Winter Solstice Medicine Wheel Grid and set up the Medicine wheel using the layout in the diagram below.
- Place your candle on the outside of the Medicine Wheel in the direction that is facing North. The North Direction represents wisdom. Light your candle and state your intentions for the next year and new phase of your life.
Smudging is used in several spiritual traditions as a method of cleansing. Smoke from burning herbs is fanned over the body or around room/space, usually with a feather, cleansing the energy field of the person and/or room. The room or outdoor space to be used should also be smudged.
Your intention as you smudge is to bring in peace, harmony, love. Focus on bringing in positive energies. Never assume a posture of pushing out or ridding yourself of something. When we assume an aggressive/negative posture we invite more of the same aggressive/negative energy into the space we are smudging. So, we always invite peace, harmony, love, light, any positive energy into the space.
Light your smudge bundle. If using Palo Santo, please make sure it is well lit to minimize relighting. Once lit use a feather fan or hand to fan flame off. DO NOT touch flame. Only the smoke is used for smudging. Place the smudge bundle on a shell or bowl that will resist heat. This will allow you to comfortably hold the smudge bundle and a capture any residual ash.
Once you are inside the room/space you are smudging, start at the door and fan smoke around the perimeter of the door and continue to fan smoke along the wall going in a clock wise direction. Enclose mirrors or windows with smoke and continue around the entire perimeter of the room.
Once you are back at the door/entry way to room or space you can move on the next room/space in the home.
When you are done smudging take residual ash outside and mix in with topsoil around bush, tree or ground. Mother Earth (dirt) is the best filter and will send energies back to where they reside in order to maintain the balance of the natural order of the universe.
After smudging your home, grid the perimeter of your home with Black Tourmaline and Selenite. Add a piece of each to each of the main corners of your home. Be sure to set your intention before placing them.
Medicine Wheel Set Up
Winter Solstice Gemstones
CLEAR QUARTZ - Clear Quartz amplifies whatever energy or intent is programmed into it and continues to broadcast that energy throughout the world and into the etheric realms. This may accelerate the fulfillment of one's prayers, intensify healing or spiritual growth, or simply allow the crystal to hold a pattern of energy long enough and strongly enough for the manifestation of a goal to occur.
ONYX - Black Onyx helps you strengthen your self-connection. Helping you to understand what motivates you and make wise decisions.
GARNET - A stone of fire and vitality. Garnet is a stone that helps you create new life with your creative energy, achieve your goals with enthusiasm.
BLOODSTONE - Bloodstone carries a tremendous power to ground one fully in the body, in the here and now, and to enhance one’s capacity to function with strength, determination and courage. It provides emotional support during times of extreme adversity and helps those who have been bullied or abandoned to regain their connection to the Divine by letting them know that loneliness and isolation are mere illusion. Bloodstone teaches that chaos often precedes transformation and guides one in knowing when it is appropriate to strategically withdraw from situations, and when flexibility and taking right action will help one remain true to one’s own path.
SNOWFLAKE OBSIDIAN - This stone will help you find a balance between light and dark, especially for those coping with the long winter nights. This is also a stone which helps to express within and helps bring issues to the surface that need to be resolved so that you can move forward in your life.
Sodalite - Sodalite brings order and calmness to your mind; it encourages rational thought, objectivity, truth and intuition, and verbalization of feelings. Sodalite brings emotional balance; it enhances self-esteem, self-acceptance, and self-trust.