Wishing everyone a very spiritual solstice

summer solstice sunriseThis coming Monday December 22nd is the solstice – a time of year that is deeply symbolic and connected to the journey to enlightenment. In the northern hemisphere, it is the winter solstice, which celebrates the birth of the spiritual force of the Son within. In the southern hemisphere, it is the summer solstice, which celebrates the ascent to the spiritual Father and return to source.

The transit of the sun, and the main stages in its annual cycle, held a special significance for ancient cultures who built their megalithic monuments so they were aligned to the sun at these times. These events have been connected to sacred sites and texts of the past because they hold a spiritual significance, which you can read about in The Significance of the Solstice and Equinox in Spirituality.

This week’s featured ancient exercise is the celebration of the solstice, which can be done simply at home or together at a retreat. We’ve put together A Guide to Celebrating the Solstice and Equinox, which has lots of helpful tips for creating and setting up a ceremony.

Ceremonies have been created here for both the winter and summer solstice based on ancient celebrations of it from around the world, as well as the deeper connection of these times of year to the awakening of consciousness and return to source.

Here is a ceremony to celebrate the winter solstice and this is a ceremony to celebrate the summer solstice.

We wish everyone a very spiritual time over the solstice, with time to reflect upon the deeper purpose for being here and the personal inner work.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this work so far; we wish for many more spiritual achievements in the year ahead.

Mark and Lara


By |2018-06-30T13:00:10+00:00December 17th, 2014|spiritual ceremonies|36 Comments

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.


  1. Michael December 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I wish everyone a very spiritual time, whether you are celebrating the summer or winter solstice in your country. Thank you so much Mark and Lara for bringing the significance of these cosmic events to our attention. I hope there will be many of us who can put these universal principles into practice in our whole lives and follow the path of the spiritual Son in a very real way, while we still have the opportunity to do it.

  2. Martin December 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Hope every one has a Solstice filled with Spiritual strength and a happy new year 🙂

  3. Michael E December 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara. I also wish you and everyone a happy, peaceful and spiritual celebration of Christmas.

  4. Aleksandr December 24, 2014 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara for the wishes, and for bringing to light the Celebration of the Solstices and Equinoxes. It has been wonderful to celebrate the Solstices and Equinoxes, and, like many others, I too have felt that there is something spiritual about them. I wish you and everyone experiencing this time of year much strength, guidance, and a connection to the divine. May 2015 bring you and everyone what is most important!

  5. Roy S December 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your well wishes Lara and Mark.

    I hope everyone had a wonderful and inspiring solstice celebration.

  6. Christos December 22, 2014 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Happy Solstice to everyone!

  7. Sue December 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara. I look forward to one of my favourite mantras. Celebrating the solstices has always been a special and mystical time.

    Wishing everyone strength, guidance and understanding.

  8. Karim December 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the good wishes.

    I wish everyone all the spiritual growth and learning in the year ahead.

    I hope everyone has an inspiring solstice 🙂 and thanks to everyone, especially to Mark and Lara for your continuous hard work.

  9. Seraphim December 20, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara for your guidance for this important annual celebration, thanks to you.
    I also wish you all the best in your efforts bringing more light in the world.

  10. Alexandros December 20, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara and Mark for your kind and lovely help to all of us.
    I wish to you and everyone in this forum have a nice and spiritual winter solstice

  11. Boyd December 20, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara for your guidance and sharing the spiritual knowledge that you uncover and i wish everyone a meaningful solstice celebration.

  12. Gabrielle December 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark and Lara. I wish you both all the best in this coming year. I hope that your work reaches all of those searching for spiritual guidance and light.

    I wish everyone much insight, guidance, and strength during this uplifting time.

  13. Lucia December 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for the reminder and also for everything you do! I hope to be able to catch the sunrise together with my mom. They can be really beautiful in this time of the year and also late enough for me. 😉

  14. john p December 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark and Lara for all your hard work which is very much appreciated.

    All the very best wishes to you both from Daya and I.

  15. Maria December 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much Mark and Lara for your very warmth wishes and for all the help and guidance you are continuously giving us through your website. Thank you for uncovering and sharing these ancient spiritual texts, inspiring so deeply, directing inwardly, helping me many times to approach things in a more clear way.
    I too don’t know where I would be without your precious spiritual teachings and all this support, founding here some hope for my heart and some beauty in my moments.

    Thank you to everyone in Ancient Sacred Knowledge for all the work and help you are giving.

    Wishing to all the most wonderful and inspiring celebration for this Winter Solstice, this magnificent and magical period of the year, to gain the strength that you need and to be able to touch the small flame in your heart, finding light, love and happiness in the moments of the New Year.

  16. Priya December 19, 2014 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Mark and Lara, thank you so much for all the efforts and sacrifices you have made to uncover and explain the amazing information of the spirituality of the sun/son. It has changed the way I view life and existence and made me appreciate how amazing an opportunity I have being alive right now.

    May the solstice bring you and everyone else celebrating this time a great inspiration and strength.

  17. Martin December 19, 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

    May you both have a very spiritual solstice also, thank you.

  18. richard December 19, 2014 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Thanks guys hope to gain a deeper understanding during this time, and strength to all

  19. David December 19, 2014 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Thankyou Mark and Lara, for your wishes and for uncovering the path of the spiritual Sun throughout time in the celebration of the different solstices and equinoxes. The last few years have brought a whole new perspective to spirituality for me that I never would have imagined, and it’s wonderful being able to see the thread of these teachings throughout the ages, and to feel connected to all those who throughout time who have practised the timeless!

    Wishing you and everyone much light for the solstice and the coming year!

  20. Patricia A. December 19, 2014 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Wishing everyone an insightful and reflective solstice celebration. Thank you Mark and Lara for your wishes and for bringing forth this valuable information to everyone.

  21. Jenny December 18, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara for all that you do. Wishing you both and everyone here an inspiring and fruitful Solstice.

  22. Layla December 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara, wishing you both a very beautiful solstice and like everyone here wanted to thank you with all my heart for bringing us closer to the heart of spirituality in our lives today through the works you have uncovered and shared so freely,

    Your dedication to the well being and upliftment of the human spirit is second to none!

    Forever grateful!

  23. Olga December 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply


    Is the Solstice to be celebrated on the morning of the 22nd? Not 21st?

    • Jordan December 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Hey Olga,

      It’s taking place at 23:06 UTC on Mon the 21st this year, which works out to 6pm on the 21st for us. Therefore, I believe we should observe the sunrise on Sunday the 21st since that is closer to the actual time of the solstice than the next morning’s sunrise (22nd) would be.

    • Paty December 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      Good question Olga, we thought here that we needed to get up early on the 21st.

    • Jenny December 18, 2014 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      For Ozzie’s it looks like it will be Monday morning :

      Since we’re forward in time 🙂

      You can type in your city to see what time the solstice is at in your time zone. It’s 10am Sydney / 7am Perth.

      • paty December 19, 2014 at 7:59 am - Reply

        Thanks Jenny 🙂

  24. Fotis December 18, 2014 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Thank you everyone for your wishes and especially Mark and Lara also for this e-book about these four events of the year.
    Every year I feel I’m coming closer to them using these information and give a special meaning and boost to the internal work.

    Wish everyone the same for this solstice and to feel united under the one Sun.

  25. Jenny December 18, 2014 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Wishing a happy and meaningful solstice to you as well, Mark, Lara, and everyone!

    • Jordan December 20, 2014 at 12:03 am - Reply

      That’s from both of us!

  26. Olga December 18, 2014 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara!

    May the light continue to triumph with the work you do and the lives you touch.

    Happy Solstice to all!

  27. Paty December 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much Lara and Mark for all you do.

  28. Vida December 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lara. We wish the same for you and Mark as well!

    I’ve definitely gotten a lot out of exploring these different times of the year, especially the winter solstice. So thank you both for your work bringing this ancient knowledge to the forefront so we can all experience the deeper meanings and use them as a platform to move forward with the internal work.

  29. Justin December 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mark and Lara for the wishes and for all your efforts to bring this work to light. Wishing you and everyone else reading a very spiritual solstice as well!

  30. DavidH December 17, 2014 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks very much Mark and Lara for all you do. It is so great to have this information about the solstices to be able to celebrate them today like they were in ancient times. Wishing you and everyone a wonderful spiritual solstice.

  31. Geraldine December 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mark, Thank you Lara, if it was not for all the work you have done, uncovered and gained, I would not know much at all about these spiritual times of the year. It still amazes me how such a connection in humanity exists, and how each of these celebrations holds a different spiritual meaning and depicts different stages of enlightenment.

    Wishing You Both And Everyone A Deeply Insightful And Meaningful Solstice – A Time To Contemplate And Rejoice In Being alive and part of the learning 🙂

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