Once upon a time, long ago, our ancestors lived in a world where everyone believed in mystery and magic. Every year, they gathered together to celebrate the seemingly miraculous return of the light after the longest night of the year. And that's how Winter Solstice festivals were born.
We here at Tarot.com celebrate with our annual Winter Solstice Fairy Hunt, and to this day, people all over the world celebrate Winter Solstice as a time of rebirth, a new beginning and a chance to marvel at the power of transition from darkness into light.
Ancient solstice festivals were the last big feasts before the depths of winter -- when food would become scarce. This magical day was celebrated from ancient Rome to China, and by the builders of Stonehenge to the Maya and more. Many modern holiday traditions, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's, were borrowed from ancient solstice celebrations. Cultures throughout the world still have winter festivals that include lights and large fires, feasting, dancing and singing, and closeness with loved ones. As they did long ago, these activities help to reinvigorate us in the cold and darkness.
Astrologically, the Winter Solstice marks the moment the Sun moves from adventurous Fire sign Sagittarius to the steady Cardinal Earth sign of Capricorn. This is the dark night of the year, a day when the Sun appears to stand still. It's a time for light and laughter, but also deep reflection. Before pushing your energy out to the world, make a little time to pull into yourself.
Celebrate with us all month long!
Here at Tarot.com, we're celebrating the Winter Solstice in a special way. The four elements are a cornerstone of both Tarot and Astrology, so we've summoned the Fairies of the Four Elements to teach us how to find deeper meaning during this magical time of year! Each fairy has something unique to contribute.
It's also time for our annual Winter Solstice Fairy Hunt. See how you can win FREE insight by finding the hidden fairies on site!