Paula Facts: three rituals to celebrate the winter solstice

“During the winter solstice the return of the sun to this hemisphere is celebrated. The sun brings abundance, energy, renewal, hence the importance of celebrating it and invoking it so that abundance comes to us,” says Claudia Seguel, therapist at the Besukha Wellness Space. With this in mind and since this year the date coincides with International Yoga Day, they created a festival in which both festivities will be paid tribute.

The meeting will begin with the preparation of a South Indian recipe cooked in a large pot to symbolize abundance; then continue with 108 sun salutations, in a practice also designed for beginners; then a Pongal breakfast, designed especially to thank nature for its abundance; Ayurveda and Yoga workshop to transition healthily into winter; Meditation and chanting of mantras; Gong bath, sound therapy to balance emotions; Kalari, introductory practice of this typical Indian martial art; Restorative Yoga and Pranayamas; and will end with an Ecstatic Dance.

The festival requires registration and will take place tomorrow at Hernando de Magallanes 1514, Las Condes.

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To practice witchcraft today is to mix ancient pagan customs with current esoteric beliefs, all with a focus on the relationship with nature, the influence of words and intention. Alejandra Farías is a lawyer, psychology student and has trained as a therapist in various complementary medicine disciplines. In addition, she is a witch and priestess of Wicca, a form of modern paganism that was formed as a religion in the mid-20th century in England. This belief system celebrates divinity and revolves around a set of rituals and practices that align with the different seasons of the year and the phases of the sun. That is why on the solstice they celebrate one of the eight most popular and important holidays in the witches’ calendar: Yule, a festival in which they meditate, correct defects and work on everything that they want to recover within the year that is beginning. .

Although this ceremony – which is transmitted via Zoom – mainly involves students from the School of Magic, witches from the community or people related to this practice, it is recommended for all types of people. “What I recommend is that those who want to participate come with some knowledge so that they understand the witch language and get the most out of this beautiful ritual,” says Alejandra Farías.

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Gloria Huenchuleo, traditional Mapuche educator and ceramist, says that in ancient times people were much more connected to the land. “On the solstice they said that the day advanced at a crow’s pace and the night retreated at a crow’s pace. That’s why it’s the longest night of the year,” she says. This is something that today we, from the city, are not able to perceive. However, it is the end and beginning of a new cycle. “After the autumn stubble (rümü) comes a time in which the land is cleaned to receive the seeds again, so that then the first shoots emerge and then the fruits, which is where the cycle ends,” explains Gloria.

Therefore, in the Mapuche culture, during the solstice, people bathed in the river. “They said that the water in the rivers that night was warm. They did the bath (müñetun) to purify themselves and thus start a new cycle, leaving all the bad things behind,” he adds. Afterwards, they would gather as a family around a bonfire, before the sun rose, to pray and give thanks for everything that was harvested; Ask that the new cycle bring good harvests and that the seeds that are planted bear good fruit.

Therefore, those who want to join this celebration can use elements from nature. Gloria recommends wetting your face with pure water or, if it rains that day, standing in the rain to, just as they did in the rivers in the past, purify yourself and begin this new cycle, leaving all the bad things behind. You can also plant a seed. “With this you give to the earth and then it will give you its fruits. A reciprocal relationship of giving and receiving, as a symbolic gesture to ask that this new cycle that begins be fruitful,” she concludes.

 
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