This year solstice finally made sense to me.
We were invited to come together with our community in a beautiful, heart felt ceremony of renewal and human connection to nature. For me, this was new year’s eve.
Our host had set up a table for the kids to craft lanterns, complete with battery powered tea lights, mod podge, brushes and colored tissue paper to paste onto jars, and wire to make a handle with.
There was also a beeswax candle making station were we rolled sheets of beeswax around a long wick, and a table with slips of paper for us to write down some things we want to shed or things we want to increase in the new year. These words we wrapped in white linen along some herbs and tied with string to be tossed into the waiting bonfire.
What a beautiful thing to do for solstice! It was inspiring, all the thought that went into this evening.
When all the writing and pasting was done and every hand held a candle, we went out to the bonfire around which (you can see this in the pic above) a spiral path toward the fire was made with pine boughs.
The kids lined up first (little ones had parents to help them) and after our host shared a beautiful poem about making peace with the darkness as well as the light in all of us, we all walked the spiral inward toward the fire and put our small linen bag of thoughts and herbs into the fire.
I love this symbolism of letting go, turning hopes into smoke that rises upward into the universe and burning up the heavy burdens we had carried from last year.
We lit our beeswax candle from this common flame and when everyone was ready we stood together as a community and it was lovely.