December 21st–night of the standing still sun. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin word solstitium. Sun (SOL) stoppage (STITUM).Winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, as if the sun has just stopped. One ancient definition of solstice is “standing still sun.”
Some refer to solstice as the rebirth of the sun. Many celebrate the winter solstice as a time to celebrate renewal, rebirth and gratitude for the coming light.
The solstice offers an opportunity to spend time reflecting inward and meditating on gratitude. Hold a ritual for letting go and set an intention for the coming year.