Even though the official first day of winter (also known as Winter Solstice) on the calendars is December 22nd, winter’s energies have already arrived in Chicagoland. Why just this morning it began snowing and already the trees are covered in a coating of white, a symbol of purity. Already, Mother Earth has started her cleansing from the energies and events of the year.
As nature transitions from Fall, whose element is Air and represents change, to Winter, we form a new connection to its element of Water. It is, after all, all around us in its solid forms of snow and ice. The element of Water represents our emotions, feelings, and intuition. It is a feminine or yin energy that is nurturing, gentle, and calming.
We see many animals in nature connecting to Winter’s energies through hibernation, and may find ourselves staying inside more this time of year, developing “Cabin Fever”. For many, winter is a time of solitude. This affects people’s emotions differently. If you are a Yang, or extroverted person, you may find yourself becoming irritated and tense being cooped up. If you are a Yin, or introvert, you may become depressed, due to the heavy emphasis of emotional energy during this season.
Because winter connects us to our emotions and feelings, it is a good time to reflect. Instead of having this energy “control” us through the solitude of staying indoors, we have the opportunity to work on ourselves, balancing our emotions, and questioning what is it we would like to accomplish within the next couple months.
Relaxing is important during winter. It allows us to calm and settle our energies from the previous seasons, regenerating us for the new year. Do a crossword, knit, read a book. It is also a good time to explore creative endeavors. Water is a nurturing element, and channeling those excessive emotions into art is a excellent step to take at this time.
Because the transition through the winter months can be challenging, here are some stones that can help you brace these energies:
Moonstone: In ancient lore, this stone was seen as a talisman of winter. Due to its white color, Moonstone carries this color’s energy of cleanliness and purity. It can help in calming, healing, and balancing emotions, and is a gem of inward journeying, allowing for reflection and self-healing.
Labradorite: The Inuit people claimed that Labradorite fell from the frozen fires of the Aurora Borealis. It is a stone of mystic magic, connecting to one’s intuition and psychic abilities. It encourages contemplation and introspection, assisting in returning joy into one’s life.
Lepidolite: Containing lithium, Lepidolite is excellent for reducing stress and depression. Connecting to your Third Eye, Crown, and Heart Chakras, Lepidolite brings positive energy into these areas.
Instead of shying away or dreading winter, embrace the energies and allow them to cleanse and heal you for a new year to come. Have a blessed season everyone!