Winter Solstice, Inti Raymi

This day marks the astronomical passage to the winter season. Nature presents us with the change of cycle of its vegetation which transforms, mutates.

This winter solstice gives us the opportunity to tune into or resonate with this process of nature, of death-rebirth (knowing that death in nature is always transformation).

Celebrations of the original peoples of the southern hemisphere

Over the centuries, different South American cultures have commemorated the change of season in June with great festivities. Currently, there are two that continue to be celebrated and are a sacred date for several indigenous peoples.

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In Argentina and Chile, during the winter solstice, the Mapuche community celebrates “We Tripantu”, which means “the new sunrise and moon”. The date marks on the Mapuche lunar calendar the eve of the new year.

Similarly, in Peru and Bolivia, former territories of the Inca civilization, the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun is celebrated in honor of “Apu Inti” (day of the god).

The night before, the family and the community gather to accompany the longest night of the year by the fireside, from which begins the return of the Sun and the days become longer again.

According to the Andean agricultural calendar, it is the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the planting season.

With the onset of winter, the Earth sleeps and rests until August 1, when we celebrate her sacred existence and enjoy all the fruits and blessings she gives us.

Ritualize the cycle of life

Ritualizing all these energies makes sense to become aware of all that we want to transform and to sow new purposes for the new era.

Between June 21 and 23, the energy is special to perform rituals that release all the energies of the passing year and all that has been harvested during this period. Ritualizing all these energies makes sense to become aware of all that we want to transform and to sow new purposes for the new era.

How can you prepare?

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  • Cleanse and incense your home, donate and dispose of objects that no longer concern you, take a bath of discharge and/or self-incense.
  • Write down and burn what you no longer want to continue manifesting in your life.
  • Make an offering to the Pachamama, open a mouth in your garden or in nature, offer its best fruits and foods, give thanks for all that you have received and sow the seeds of your new resolutions for the new year at the same time.
  • Light up the darkest night of the year. At nightfall, light a big fire that you can feed until the first rays of the new sun. You can make a campfire outside, inside your house or if that is not possible leave a fire lit. candle on a special altar.
  • Welcome the New Sun Towards the first rays of the Sun, sit on your knees with the crown facing the Sun to nourish the Kallpay (life force) from it.
  • Give thanks by embracing Mother Earth for her generosity towards all humanity, who inhabit her and live from her.

Mutation-evolution-transformation, all actions necessary to grow and free oneself from old bonds, to discover that in the middle of winter there is, within us, an invincible summer, full of infinite possibilities, which awaits let time be reborn.

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