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!




  1. Thank you for a mandala template treat !!
    Many blessings and peace, joy, love and light to you as we journey through 2018.

  2. Love this! Thanks! ~Hobby

  3. Thanks. A gift of peace. Much appreciated.

  4. Thank you for this lovely gift of a mandala template. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the coming year.

  5. Thank you Julie. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  6. This is wonderful Julie, thank you! Being incredibly busy this year at Solstice, I was casting around for a simple way to observe by myself. This is perfect!

  7. Thanks Julie. Blessings to you xx

  8. Blessings for a beautiful holiday for you and yours.
    Thanks for the star mandala.

  9. Thank you Julie for this gift and for all you have given us this past year! May your coming year be blessed with good health, prosperity, happiness and lot of laughter!

  10. Thank you and a lot of joy for all of you…

  11. Thank you. What a treat! Happy holidays to you and your family. Blessings on the coming year.

  12. Love this thanks julie love u Lis

  13. Thank you very much. Even though it’s summer here, I will enjoy the ritual at the appropriate time. Blessings to you too.

  14. Thank you Julie for your generous spirit. I shall enjoy my mandala ritual tomorrow

  15. Thank you for this gift. Merry Yuletide!

  16. Thank you, Julie, this is a lovely idea which I can do with an elderly lady with dementia, who is very bored in hospital right now. She could help me to do this while we chat.

    • Sue Oliver- what a lovely idea

  17. Thank you, Julie. Blessings on your Holiday celebrations!

  18. Thank You Julie for sharing this lovely Winter Solstice Mandala ritual with us.
    I’m looking forward to this additional Solstice process today.

  19. Thank you for this beautiful Solstice Mandala. Loved completing it. Much gratitude to you!

  20. Thank-you for this beautiful offering Julie and Happy Winter Solstice:)

  21. Thank you for your generosity, Julie.

  22. Thank you


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