Celebrating Christmas soulfully in the Southern Hemisphere

Summer Solstice

 

The traditions and ceremonies of the
Northern Hemisphere Christmas are well known. For Southern Hemispherians though, it is hard to know how to celebrate Christmas
without the presence of cold days, winter solstice and the possibility
of a white Christmas. The energies of the Northern and Hemisphere Christmases are distinctly different - while the Northern Hemispherians
are in their dark season, the Southerners are relishing the light
season, when the sun is showering us with its light, warmth and energy.

Christmas
in the Northern Hemisphere sits closely beside winter solstice – a time
of introspection, going within and hibernating in warm houses like a
bear's cave. It is the place in winter where the cold, dark days begin
to slowly grow longer, giving a flickering of hope for the spring that
is to come.

The energy in the Southern Hemisphere is almost
exactly the opposite. While the Northerners are inside seeking warmth
and resting from the year, the Southerners are out, relishing the light
season, when the sun is showering us with its light, warmth and energy.

So
for all you gorgeous Southern Hemispherian Goddesses out there, I
thought I'd share some ways we can celebrate the Christmas season in a
soulful way that resonates with our summer. If you're a Northern
Hemispherian, you can absolutely use these practices and make them fit
in your own celebration season in a way that works for you.

Ways to make your Christmas soulful this year...

  • Summer and the Southern Christmas is a time of the seeds growing into
    full bloom. For me, I always find myself creating more than I ever do. Use the creative fullness of summer to create, paint, write and start a project. It can come so easily, with the sun so close to us to fill us up with energy.

 

  • Gratitude tree
    – a gorgeous friend of mine told me how her and her partner created
    their own Gratitude Christmas tree one season. Celebrate the blessings
    that have already been birthed into your life by using a living indoor
    plant as your Christmas tree, and creating and decorating your own
    ornaments out of card and ribbon for every person in your life you are
    grateful for.

 

  • Make Christmas a celebration of light
    and all its meanings: decorate with stars, golden globes and shimmering
    golden tinsel, and enjoy the full lover's force of the sun's attention.
    Light candles to represent the eternal light, and the light that shines
    in you, and in me, and in every soul around us.

 

  • Use your favourite herbs in
    cooking and aromatherapy – they are at their highest potency during
    summer. Because the Sun's strength is at its highest, the oil of herbs
    are most concentrated when harvested during summer.

 

  • Celebrate joy
    with laughter, friendship, relationships and moving your body – fuel up
    on enough joy to carry you through the rest of the year starting in
    summer.

 

  • Instead of making an Advent Wreath, make a Native American Solar Wheel
    to adorn your home. Use thin branches, vines, yellow ribbon and
    feathers to create an equilateral cross within a circle representing
    the four seasons. When hung in the window, the Solar Wheel is believed
    to protect the house, as well as celebrate the joy of the solar season.

 

  • To celebrate the Earth's fruitfulness at summertime, make your Christmas centrepiece an altar of fruit, honeycakes, wine, produce, flowers and green leaves.

 

  • St Nicholas' Day
    is celebrated on 6th December to honour a man of generosity and
    goodness. His story crosses over religion, culture and hemisphere, and
    inspires us all to do the best we can for others, and to share the
    fruits of our lives with others.

Making Christmas your own...

There's
so much beautiful possibility about ways to intertwine meaning into our
celebrations that resonate with our season and energy. Use your abundant summer creativity to find a way to make your Christmas season sacred and soulful for you.

Tomorrow I'll share a simple ceremony to celebrate summer solstice and Southern Hemispherian Christmas.

Wishing you precious, joyful days that resonate with meaning and soul for you,
Leonie

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Goddess Leonie is an artist, writer, photographer and retreat creator living in Canberra, Australia.
See her art & courses at www.GoddessLeonie.com

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