Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Winter Solstice 22/12/2011

The days leading up to the Winter Solstice had been so clear and bright here in Essex. This always leaves you wondering, if the day itself will be like that, or whether sods law will deal its hand.

Luckily, upon waking at 6am, there was no rain and very little cloud. Once two of our five had arrived we made our way to the Sea Wall. The Pre Dawn was spectacular! The silver, crescent lady hanging in the midnight blue sky and lower on the horizon we could see the bright twinkle of Mercury. Two more of our group arrived and our number was complete. One of our girls could only make a brief appearance so we sat on the wall together holding hands, taking in the glory of our view. Enjoying the peace and tranquillity.

When our number returned to four we headed on further round the Sea Wall until we came to the causeway that leads to Osea Island. We didn’t have to wait very long for the Sun to rise. Directly on the Sea, Sky horizon the flame orange orb made its rebirth onto the skyline. Marsh birds alike sang and chattered as the sphere grew. It had to be one of the most stunning sunrises I’ve seen in a long while! Although (I have to admit) when I make the effort to watch it rise, it never cesses to take my breath away.

I lit some Yule Incense….Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh and Mistletoe and smudged us all, clearing ourselves for the new period ahead. We sat discussing all that we wanted to release. Those that no longer serve us a purpose and made our way down to the causeway to release our little paper boats. As they sailed away, so did that which holds us back.

We had then planned to release a lantern of wishes….unfortunately the lantern had other ideas! The lantern was damaged and try as we might, it had no intention of lifting…no matter how much laughter we filled it with either!!! So we gave up and headed back to my house for a yummy Yuletide brekkie and gift exchange.  Its mornings like these that make me truly blessed for wonderful times and great friendships!  


  1. What a beautiful ritual. Blessed Be x x x

  2. It was indeed a beautiful, stunning sunrise shared with beautiful friends x

  3. Beautiful pictures and a lovely ritual. Blessed be!