Winter Solstice Circle: Honoring our Inner Wisdom

*This is an in-person circle in Toronto, ON. If you are new to the Hearthfire Circles, please learn about them here.

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost: The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.”- JRR Tolkien

The Winter Solstice marks the longest night and initiates our longest, coldest season here in Canada. While capitalistic conditioning demands that we continue to be endlessly productive, the Earth is calling our body and soul to rest, be still and listen to the silence. It asks us to nourish our deepest roots, to tend to what truly matters, and let go of the rest. It asks us to simply ‘be’ in this moment, to accept all of who we are and make peace within.

At the Winter Solstice, the archetype we honor is the inner Elder/Crone. Also known as the Hag of Winter and Wise One within, this is the light that guides us through the darkness, helping us to cultivate our inner strength and spiritual wisdom.

By Maartje van Dokkum

No matter our age, we all have an inner Elder within us who collects wisdom and maturity from experience. It is the inner voice that urges us to grow and learn from life’s lessons, and to share what we’ve learned with others.

Winter Solstice is also the time where we celebrate the return of the light. From this point onwards, the daylight slowly increases, however it is still a while before it becomes noticeable. We celebrate the spark of hope and faith that resides within us that will keep us going through the long cold months ahead.

In this circle, we will discuss the themes of the season, reflect on the past year and the lessons we’ve learned. We will connect with our inner Elder through reflection, discussion and a guided meditation journey. We will create our own Inner Wisdom card (like a Tarot card) as a reminder of the year’s pearls of wisdom. We will divine our year ahead with Tarot and Oracle cards and support each other with positivity and strength for the season to come!

I will provide snacks, tea, art supplies and a nice warm hearth fire for us to relax, receive and share the wisdom we’ve gained.

Space is limited to 7 people.

Date & Time: Friday, December 16th 2022, 7pm-10pm

Location: Woodbine & Danforth ave. Toronto, ON.

To register, please contact me, to see if there is space. Once you receive a yes, you can e-transfer me PWYC $45 to secure your spot (non-refundable except for extenuating circumstances). If there is no space, you can ask to be on the cancellation list. An email with full details is sent out a day or two before the event.

I hope to see you there!

Xo Serena

Winter Solstice 2019

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As a Witch who makes her home and practice in Tkaronto (Toronto) Ontario, I deeply thank the original stewards of this land: The Mississaugas of the Credit, Mississaugas of Scugog, Alderville, Hiawatha & Curve Lake; The Chippewas of Beausoleil, Rama & Georgina island, the Haudenosaunee and Wendat nations. I acknowledge the resilience of the First Nation, Inuit and Metis people who live and work here in the present, in a system of inequity and oppression. I am working on uncolonising my own practice, amplifying Indigenous voices, addressing cultural appropriation in pagan communities and supporting Indigenous communities in whatever way I can.