The Spiritual Meaning of the Winter Solstice

The birth of a divine child and savior at the winter solstice has formed a central part of spiritual beliefs throughout the world since the beginning of history—in ancient Egypt as the birth of Horus, the birth of Mithras in Persia, the birth of Jesus at Christmas, the birth of the spiritual Son at Alban Arthan of the Druids, etc. These celebrations have tapped into a universal spiritual principle that is just as relevant now as it was then.

Update on our articles about the spiritual meaning of the solstices and equinoxes

As of 17 March 2018, this article has been removed from our website because it was being so extensively plagiarized by people using it to write their own articles on the meaning of the solstice and equinox without crediting or referencing our work. Usually these people write an article about the meaning of the solstice or equinox on their website as an SEO and marketing gimmick to boost their site’s ranking, or in order to promote and market their “spiritual” products and retreats, and were using our articles as a basis to do so. In some cases they have copied and pasted the entire contents of our article as if it’s their own. There are at least hundreds of instances where people have plagiarized our articles on the spiritual meanings of the solstices and equinoxes across the internet (and on the ancient sacred sites aligned to them) – all of them after our originals were first published between 2011 and 2012.

As of March 2018, our article had 6,500 shares.

The full text of our article that explains the spiritual meaning of the winter solstice was first published on this website in March 2012, and was later published in our free eBook The Path of the Spiritual Sun, which also had to be withdrawn because of extensive plagiarism. The entire article is now chapter 3 of the paperback edition of The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes, which is available for purchase. We do not make any royalties from the sale of this book, as we work on the principle of providing spiritual knowledge without profit.

I’ve written an article on how plagiarism is such a problem rife in “new age” and “modern” spirituality today, and also on why we have the principle of providing our work for free and without profit.

It’s deeply unfortunate that we’ve had to withdraw our articles, which we had provided completely freely for many years in the hope of benefiting people, but as non-profit and independent authors we simply cannot maintain them against the scale of plagiarism our work faces.

About the Authors

Mark Pritchard (writing with the name Belsebuub) is the author of a number of books on out-of-body experiences, dreams, self-discovery, and esoteric wisdom. An early edition of his book The Astral Codex became a bestseller in its genre, and Gazing into the Eternal was a finalist in the Best Book Awards 2009 in Spirituality. He has appeared on radio and television programs internationally, and writes from decades of spiritual and mystical experience, while Lara Atwood contributes with the research into history, cosmology, ancient sites, and sacred texts. You can read more about how Belsebuub and Lara started working on The Path of the Spiritual Sun here.

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About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the native, indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website sakrosawel.com ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in Proto-Indo European). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.

5 Comments

  1. Sue September 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful name Adam. Luna sounds like a very special girl.

    I agree with Olga re the power of prayer.

    All children really need is love, time and support. When you have time to just be with her, relax and be in awareness – she will know that she has your undivided attention. She will find her way to where she is meant to be if she has a degree of freedom, but children also need very clear and consistent limits and boundaries. Encourage what is good and discourage what is not.

    Relax and enjoy watching her journey.

  2. Olga August 28, 2018 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Hi Adam, Luna is a beautiful name, and its wonderful to hear about your experience with her and the connection she has with things around her. How special that she was born on the winter solstice. I am not a mother, but I wanted to share that I am happy for your experience and the journey that will unfold for each of you. In terms of your last question, I always believed that prayer and asking is the most powerful guidance, as I know we are very closely watched over and as such it is possible to tune into sources of help and support if we are willing and changing. Also, some time ago, unbeknownst to me my mother decided to pray for me, and I immediately felt the help. This was the first time I experienced someone else praying for me and was surprised to the reality and power of prayer.

    • Michael August 29, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

      That’s a nice example of the power of prayer Olga. I agree with your point that it can be a very valuable resource.

      I came across a research study fairly recently, where cardiac patients were randomly divided into two groups, one of which were prayed for and the other of which weren’t. None of the patients knew which group they were in and as far as I know, the study was looking to disprove the effects of prayer. But those patients in the prayer group actually showed a statistically significant improvement in their health.

      Despite our advances in technology and intellectual achievements, there’s still so much to know about the universe and ourselves, so we really need help and guidance to make the right choices in life.

  3. Adam August 14, 2018 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    My daughter, who we named Luna, was born on the winter solstice in December 2015. We chose her name because of an interesting and unusual encounter with a Luna moth earlier that fall. We had no idea at the time she would be born on the solstice but as it turned out she would be and now bears reference to both of the bright celestial bodies we know best. Luna is a strikingly beautiful child and I feel she is connected to the unseen world more than any other child I’ve known. This connection is subtle but undeniable and I don’t know what to think of it. At times it makes her temperamental and seems to overpower her typically sweet disposition. Other times I feel it amplifies the incredible empathy she possesses. If anyone has anything they feel might help me to understand how to help guide her along her path please share.

    • Michael August 30, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

      It’s very nice to hear about the special connection you have with your daughter Adam. I don’t have children myself, but remember a talk from Belsebuub in which he was asked about the best way to help children in their spiritual development. He replied that advising someone on how to raise children is a big question to answer, but that a good approach is to demonstrate the qualities you would wish the child to develop, by working on removing the inner states that could create friction or disharmony in the home and instead creating a caring and loving environment for the child to flourish in.

      I can’t recall which talk that was in at the moment and am paraphrasing Belsebuub’s reply, but I think it’s a good piece of advice to apply not only to raising children, but to all types of relationships.

      It’s nice to hear that your daughter already has many positive qualities and I hope you enjoy many happy times together!

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