In Brighton, England on the Winter Solstice (December 21st) a parade is held. Participants, carrying white paper lanterns adorned with images of clocks, sweep through the town to a huge bonfire. There the lanterns are pitched into the flames symbolizing a release of the old to make room for the new. Although the Brighton festival began in the 1990s, its lineage is rooted in much older traditions. Fire has been a part of solstice and new year celebrations for centuries. We, too, can use this Element to let go of that which no longer serves us.
To begin, reflect on what you want to release. Then create a statement or image for each item. When you are ready, safely burn what you’ve written or drawn and release the cold ashes to Grandmother Earth. Rest in gratitude and relief once you’ve done this. Now, welcome into the space you have created your hopes, dreams and visions for the year to come.
May all your intentions be gracefully fulfilled.
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