Your Winter Solstice Mandala Ritual Guide
Winter Solstice is a magical time. It’s when I’m happiest to be still and cosy in the shortest dark day after a brisk walk up in the woods on top of our local hill.
Celebrating with a circle of loved ones is also welcome at this time and I was blessed this last weekend to greet the approaching Solstice with my in-the-flesh tribe of Magical Beings and an online gathering of Mandala Magicians the day afterwards.
However you choose to celebrate, it’s certainly a time you can create some ritual around reflecting on the year past before you set your intentions for the year to come.
FREE Mandala Template PDF Download
I prepared a simple mandala template to make this easy for you. It’s something you can do by yourself, carving out some important alone time for quiet contemplation, or with your loved ones. It’s a particularly great ritual for wee ones to take part in, too.
Here are some invitations for you to consider;
- Download the Mandala Template PDF.
- Print onto Bristol Board or card stock (computer paper will also work if thats all you have.) Cut around the mandala shape.
- Gather your favourite colouring pens or pencils (I love to use alcohol markers on Bristol Board for smooth colour.)
- Create some calm, quiet space out of your ordinary everyday goings on, when you are least likely to be disturbed.
- Mark the occasion with the lighting of a candle.
- Begin to colour your mandala and reflect over the previous year, noticing significant events and occasions, people and feelings.
- As you are colouring, look to all that has occurred and notice how your life has changed as a result.
- See if you can appreciate the teachings you have received from all events, not just the happiest.
- When you have completed the colouring, take a marker pen and write in the centre of the mandala a word that represents that for which you are most grateful during this time.
- You may wish to create multiple gratitude mandalas for all that you are grateful for.
- Place your mandala somewhere you can see it – on your altar, hang it from your Yule/Christmas tree or paste it in to your written journal.
This is a simple mandala, a simple ritual and a simple offering from me. Nothing fancy, and something almost anyone can do any time.
The beauty lies in the container of the ritual itself, expressed within the form of the mandala. Something simple that provides us with a little structure to make it easy to engage with.
Bright blessings to you!