Return of the Light - A creative and spiritual journey through the Winter Solstice

As the world tilts toward its furthest point from the sun, we find ourselves at the Winter Solstice—a moment of profound celestial significance and spiritual reflection. In this blog post, let's delve into some of the spiritual meaning and symbolism of the Winter Solstice, accompanied by a 3-card tarot spread, journaling prompts, and affirmations to guide your inner journey.

The symbolic return of light during the Winter Solstice serves as a powerful metaphor for various aspects of personal and collective growth:

  1. Renewal and Hope: Just as the sun gradually reclaims the sky during the solstice, the symbolic return of light represents renewal and the emergence of hope. In life, it mirrors our capacity for regeneration, resilience, and the possibility of positive change even after challenging or dark periods.

  2. Inner Illumination: The symbolism of light often represents inner wisdom, consciousness, and spiritual awakening. The return of light in our personal journey can be seen as the illumination of our inner selves, gaining insights, and navigating the path of self-discovery. It encourages us to seek clarity, understanding, and a deeper connection to our true nature.
  3. Overcoming Darkness: The return of light implies the triumph of brightness over darkness. In life, it encourages us to face challenges, overcome obstacles, and find the strength to persevere during difficult times. It symbolizes the potential for inner strength, resilience, and the ability to find our way even in the darkest moments.

  4. Honoring the Cycles of Life: The Solstice reminds us of the cyclical nature of life. It encourages us to acknowledge the ebb and flow, the dance between light and shadow, and the eternal rhythm that governs our existence.

Winter Solstice Tarot Spread: Illuminating Inner Realms

 Suggestions for how to conduct the reading for yourself:

  • Hold the deck in your hands and take a few deep breaths to center yourself.
  • Focus on your intention for the Winter Solstice spread, envisioning the guidance and insights you seek.
  • Shuffle the cards using a method that feels natural to you. You can shuffle in a standard way or try other techniques like overhand shuffling or spreading the cards on a surface and mixing them with your hands.
  • Once you feel a sense of connection with the deck and your intention, stop shuffling.
  • Cut the deck or split it into three piles. Choose the top card from each pile, forming your three-card spread.
  • Place the cards in a row from left to right, representing the past, present, and future or the themes of darkness, dawning light, and inner illumination.
  • Take a moment to reflect on each card individually and then consider the relationships between them.
  • Note the images, symbols, and feelings the cards evoke.
  • Trust your intuition in interpreting the messages they hold.
  • Record your insights in your journal.

Card 1 – The Longest Night:

What aspects of your life are currently in a state of darkness or shadow? This card reveals the areas where you may be facing challenges or seeking clarity.

Card 2 – The Dawning Light:

How can you invite the light back into your life? This card provides insights into the actions or perspectives that can help you navigate the challenges and welcome positive energy.

Card 3 – The Inner Illumination:

What hidden wisdom or inner light is ready to be (re)-discovered within you? This card guides you to uncover the deeper truths and insights that will support your spiritual journey.

"The World" card from my Inner Journey Tarot Deck

Remember, tarot is a personal and intuitive practice. Enjoy the process of exploration and self-discovery. Trust your instincts, and allow the cards to speak to you in a way that resonates with your own spiritual journey.

Journaling Prompts: Nururting the Inner Light

  • Reflect on Darkness and Light: Consider the areas of your life that feel shrouded in darkness and those that emanate light. How can you navigate the balance between these dualities?

  • Winter Solstice Intentions:

    What intentions do you want to set for the coming season of light? Reflect on the qualities, habits, or perspectives you wish to cultivate in the months ahead.

  • Reflecting on your inner light: What does my inner light look and feel like? How does it manifest in your thoughts, actions, and interactions with others? Reflect on moments when you’ve felt a deep sense of inner light and explore the qualities and strengths it brings to your life. Consider how you can nurture and honor this inner light.

Affirmations: Seeing the light in the darkness

Incorporate these affirmations into your Winter Solstice rituals to cultivate inner light and spiritual growth:

  • “As the sun returns, I honor the dance of shadows and light.”
  • “With each breath, I invite the dawning light of awareness into my being.
  • “In the stillness of the Winter Solstice, I uncover the wisdom that resides within me.”
  • “As the days lengthen, so does the light within me.”

Collge Tutorial: Your Winter Solstice Mandala

Every year I create my Winter Solstice Mandala Collage as a kind of inner compass on the evening of the solstice to guide me from the darkness back to the light.

A couple of years ago I filmed and wrote a little tutorial to inspire you to create your own. I find the process and insights quite magical. Click on the button to make your own 👉

As you embrace the sacred stillness of the Winter Solstice, may the insights gained through the tarot spread, journaling prompts, collage tutorial and affirmations illuminate your inner realms and guide you toward a season of spiritual renewal.

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