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2020 brought instrumental change through deep reflection. We are in one of the most pivotal periods in history, including some pretty significant astrological shifts.
So what does this all mean and how does it relate to cannabis Winter Solstice rituals? Let’s delve deeper.
A brief history of the Winter Solstice
The celebration of the Winter Solstice has had a core influence on Christmas. Per Leafly’s recently published blog, the day of the Winter Solstice was a celebration of the longest night of the year (between December 21st and 22nd).
Dr. Chris Klassen, religion and culture professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, explains that ancient Europeans would celebrate Yule (Germanic term for Winter Solstice) during the longest nights of the year. Ancient Yule celebrations continued on in the coming months as the return of the sun and spring neared. During this time, green decorations filled homes, symbolizing the coming spring and summer.
Before being coined the “12 days of Christmas,” Dec 25th-Jan 6th was referred to as the “Raw Nights” or “Wild Hunt.” The raw nights consisted of the gods fighting battles in the sky. To soothe the gods and ward off bad energy, people would burn incense. Cannabis was most likely one of the chosen aromas.
Another cannabis parallel in ancient Germanic history is the cannabis crackling sound (when it’s heated) referred to as “knastert.” Knastert was a telltale sound of the pagan mountain spirit, which may have strongly influenced the ideation of Santa Clause.
A message from the cosmos
Astronomy and astrology have been present in human history since the beginning of time. It aided in the construction of the 365-day calendar and the 4 seasons, to mention a few important roles.
This year starting on the Winter Solstice 2020, Saturn and Jupiter will lap in the night’s sky for the first time in 800 years. It is also ending its cycle of conjunctions in earth signs, moving to the era of air signs, starting in Aquarius.
In short, this will bring about structural change and reimagining of the meaning of life and how and why we do things. Aquarian energy focuses on humanitarianism, fairness, and intellect. Jupiter and Saturn combined promote effective and efficient efforts of expansive and imaginative vision.
So how does cannabis tie into all of this?
Now that we have a better understanding of the special moment in time we are in, we are better equipped to use this time wisely now and moving forward. Let’s continue to reimagine a better economic and political system for our country and the world.
That said, here are a few ways in which we can cultivate cannabis Winter Solstice rituals into our daily routines to propel ourselves into a successful and wholesome future.
This is a time to really think about your efforts this past year. What were your ups and downs, habits, events, and goals? What can you fine tune to ensure the results you’d like?
This may take some time but consuming the right strains during this process may bring about incredible and creative epiphanies. Terpenes that will most likely produce complementary highs are terpinolene, alpha pinene, beta caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene, to name a few. Leafly provides a great list of strains to choose from here.
Set routine and goals
The winter solstice is the pivot in time when the days become longer. This makes for the best time to create and follow a new daily routine. Setting weekly/monthly goals can balance and enrich your mind and body.
You can incorporate cannabis in many different ways and times during your day-to-day routine. Here are some examples:
- before or after meditation/yoga/working out;
- after completing chores, a book, or a meal;
- as a reward to yourself after reaching a goal or a big win or loss;
- relaxation time;
- or after a rough day to help self-soothe and revitalize.
Cannabis users can be very productive and successful depending on how and why cannabis is used. Even our ancestors used cannabis as a tool to bring about health and wealth, and to stimulate our mind’s creative capacity to new heights.
No matter how you choose to incorporate cannabis during this time, remember how significant this time is for us and the planet.