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Embracing the Solstice: A Creative Journaling Journey

Today, I want to take you on a journey through my creative journaling process, where we delve into the magic and wisdom of Cosmic Smashbooking. This practice has become a sacred ritual for me, allowing me to connect deeply with my inner self and the natural cycles of the year.


Setting the Stage: The Candle Ritual

I always start my journaling sessions by lighting a candle. This simple act is a powerful ritual that brings me into the present moment, creating a sacred space for reflection and creativity. The soft glow of the candlelight helps me pause, breathe, and prepare myself for the journey ahead. It's a moment of stillness that I cherish deeply.


Exploring the Pages: Solstice Reflections

Today, we're turning to a fresh page in my smashbook to explore the theme of the Summer Solstice 2024. The solstice is just a few days away, and I want to anchor into its energy and significance.


So, what is the Solstice?

The word "solstice" comes from the Latin word meaning "sun stands still." In the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the longest day of the year, while in the Southern Hemisphere, it signifies the longest night.

This moment of balance between light and shadow is a sacred time in the natural cycle of the year, a time to be still and reflect.


The Symbolism of Solstice

For me, the Solstice is a time to reflect on the past year, to honor the balance between the light and the shadow. It's a moment of stillness and transition as we move from one season to the next. In the Northern Hemisphere, we're shifting from spring to summer, while in the Southern Hemisphere, it's a transition from autumn to winter. This change is not always easy; it can be messy and challenging, but it is also a time of growth and transformation.


Visualizing Change: The Vesica Piscis Symbol

As I prepare for the Solstice, I feel drawn to the symbol of the Vesica Piscis, two overlapping circles that represent balance and unity. This symbol reminds me of the balance between day and night, light and shadow. It’s a powerful visual tool that helps me focus on the energy of change and transformation.


Using dark indigo blue pastels, I draw the Vesica Piscis on my page. This color, associated with the third eye, enhances my intuitive vision and inner wisdom. As I work, the shape of the lens emerges, symbolizing a new perspective, a portal through which I can see more clearly.


Embracing Flow and Stillness

One of the key themes of the Solstice is the importance of flow and stillness. In our fast-paced world, we often rush from one task to the next without pausing to reflect. The Solstice invites us to slow down, to be still, and to connect with our spiritual selves. It's a time to listen, to be present, and to honor the stillness within.


Preparing for the Solstice

As I continue to work on my page, I ask myself, "How do I prepare for Solstice?" The answer lies in centering myself, focusing my energy, and allowing the light within me to shine. I add vibrant blue paint to my page, symbolizing clarity and focused intention. The rain outside my studio mirrors this flow, reminding me of the natural cycles and the importance of being in harmony with them.


The Light Within: Authentic Expression

As I near the end of my journaling session, the concept of authenticity comes to the forefront. The Solstice is a time to let our light shine brightly, to be seen and to be our true selves. I use transparent yellow paint to highlight the center of my page, representing the light within each of us. It's a reminder that playing small does not serve the world. We are here to shine, to be our authentic selves, and to share our unique light with the world.


Final Thoughts: The Power of Creative Journaling

This session of Cosmic Smashbooking has been a journey of reflection, transformation, and authentic expression.

As we approach the Solstice, I invite you to take some time to pause, reflect, and prepare for this powerful moment in the natural cycle of the year.

Let your light shine, embrace the balance of light and shadow, and honor the stillness within.


Reflective Journaling Prompts ✍️

To deepen your own journaling practice, here are three prompts to explore:


✍️ How do I prepare for significant seasonal changes, both in nature and in my life?

✍️ What rituals or practices help me center myself and connect with my inner wisdom?

✍️ In what ways can I embrace and honor both the light and shadow aspects of my journey?

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