The solstice is this Friday December 21 at 10:23pm UTC, and whether you’re celebrating in the winter in the Northern Hemisphere or in the summer in the Southern Hemisphere, all of us here at the Spiritual Sun wanted to wish everyone a very peaceful, inspiring and happy solstice.
The solstice is a very joyous time as it celebrates two significant points in the sun’s journey throughout the year each having their own deeper spiritual meaning.
In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the time of the winter solstice, which is when the sun begins to ascend out of the darkest time of year as the daylight hours begin to increase.
On a deeper level the winter solstice celebrates the birth of the spiritual Son/sun within, which is symbolized by the birth of a solar deity, such as the birth of Hu Gadarn of the Druids, Horus in Egypt, Mithras in Persia, Krishna in Hinduism, and in more recent history, the birth of Jesus.1
Countless ancient sites were also built in alignment with the winter solstice and they convey the deeper spiritual meaning of this time of year, such as Glastonbury Tor in England, Newgrange in Ireland, Chichen Itza in Mexico or the Karnak temple in Egypt.2
Here is an example of the winter solstice alignment at the Karnak temple in Egypt:
In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the time of the summer solstice, which is the time of greatest light in the year, with the sun reaching its highest point.
On a deeper level it represents spiritual ascension and the return to the divine with a fully unified and awakened consciousness, and is a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness in a person.3 This deeper meaning was written about in ancient sacred texts and celebrated at ancient sites designed to align to the sun on the summer solstice (like Stonehenge in England, or the Serpent Mound in the USA) from many traditions who descended from the Religion of the Sun.4
The solstice can be celebrated in many ways, like gathering together with friends to visit an ancient site aligned to the sun, taking part in sacred ceremonies, watching the sun rise, exploring spiritual practices, or listening to/singing music related to this time of year.
Here are some links to pages that provide further information about the meaning of the solstices and how to celebrate them in a spiritual way.
- Spiritual Significance of the Solstice and Equinox
- A Guide to Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes
- How to Practice the Religion of the Sun
- A Guide to Creating a Sacred Site Aligned to the Sun
- Sacred Ceremonies for the Solstices and Equinoxes
- Mantras Related to the Summer Solstice
- Mantras Related to the Winter Solstice
- Music Related to the Solstices and Equinoxes
For those celebrating the winter solstice and Christmas, we’ve updated our music galleries and added some new songs:
Happy solstice everyone!
– The Spiritual Sun Team