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Winter Solstice Celebration (冬節, 冬至 or とぅんじ)

Winter Solstice Celebration (冬節, 冬至 or とぅんじ) is one of the most important Chinese and East Asian festivals celebrated by the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and Vietnamese during the solar term or solar cycle.

In wiccian practices, this is called Yule. This is the longest night of the year. Following that is the sun’s “rebirth” and lengthening of days. Yule is celebrated as the rebirth of the Great God, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. In some traddition, Yule is considered to be the beginning of the new year.

In Chinese, the origins of this festival can be traced back to the Yin and Yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos.

After this festive celebration, the days will begin with longer daylight hours. Hence, is seen as an increase in positive energy flowing in. This philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram “Returning” (復) :冬至一阳生.

This is the cut off point in various Feng Shui (風水) Practices and QMDJ (奇門遁甲) Divination. i.e. 5 Yellow (二黑), 2 Black (五黃), 7 Red (七赤), Yin Dun (陰遁), Yang Dun (陽遁).

In iChing (周易) “Returning” hexagram represent a turning point recharges people and eventually brings success. This hexagram is associated with the turning of darkness back towards light. This is a time for letting go of the old and making way for the new; a time of new beginnings.

A new momentum in the beginning is alike the conception of baby. Mummy knows, but she doesn’t talks about it until some visits to the gynaecologist. Because, it needs to be as subtle as possible, the energy or life force is forming, accumulating, recharging and growing. This principle of hibernation means allowing energy to renew itself and be strengthened by rest; and it applies to many situations: recuperation after an illness, the slow return of trust after a period of estrangement, the careful development of new relationships after the splitting apart of old ones.

Health and lifestyle wise, this means, limiting strenuous activities such as vigorous exercise in favor of more gentle and nourishing spiritual and physical activities such as yoga, tai chi, stroll, walks and meditation.

Resting earlier and sleep in a little later is important to help preserve their Qi (氣) for the more active time of year- spring and summer. Yang is also preserved by keeping warm.

This Winter Solstice is a significant one because the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter ( So, if your apartment or property is Ox (丑) Goat (未) – sitting (坐) facing (向). This is one of the best time to do space cleansing and recharge your apartment or property energy. Because, house Qi (氣) gets depleted as resident stays in it.

Slower down your pace and take this season to view this rare conjunction. Even if you cannot view the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, take this December opportunity to spot the “3 Wise Man” in the constellation of Orion, or Sirius is the brightest star (approx 8.61 light years, coincidentally 1, 6, 8 are 3 good number to use in Feng Shui) in the night sky in the constellation Canis Majoris. What were the “3 Wise Man” seeking near the time of Christmas and what is the representation of the brightest star in the night sky.

A glass of wine in hand, with love and gratitude, I, hereby give a toast for the people who have help me in action, in words, in prayer and in thoughts. This pour is for you, because you were presence, my 2020 was awesome.

I wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year.

~ 明