What is Winter Solstice (冬至)
Winter Solstice (冬至), one of the 24 Solar Terms, is a very traditional Chinese festival. It usually falls either on December 21st, 22nd or 23rd of the year.
Throughout Chinese ancient times, it played an important part as one of the keynote festivals, with the strong belief that “Winter Solstice is greater than the Lunar New Year (冬至大过年)”.
On that day, the northern hemisphere has the longest hours of dark and shortest hours of light. After this day, the situation starts to reverse with areas in this hemisphere beginning to experience longer days and shorter nights.
What Is The Significance of Winter Solstice (冬至)
This is a very important observation point about the climate changes and it symbolizes the transition between the 2 binary forces of the Universe (Yin 阴 and Yang 阳). Winter Solstice (冬至) being the day where the night is the longest means that the Yin 阴 energies have come to reach the peak.
As with all things, the Yin (阴) energies that have reached the peak, will start to decline. This is also the time where the Yang (阳) energies start to be revived and gaining strength. Hence, on this festive day, Chinese people celebrates the rekindling of the Yang (阳) energies, starting of a new cycle, and beginning of a new year!
The Secrets to Living Right & Bright
1. Sync with the Universe
Since Winter Solstice (冬至) is an important transition point from Yin (阴) to Yang (阳) energies, it is also the best time to get our body system (a mini-Universe) to resonate with the larger Universe, rekindling our Yang (阳) energies too.
4 days before and after Winter Solstice (冬至), and in particular, the Winter Solstice (冬至) day itself, for a total of 9 days, press and massage the Shen Que Acupoint (神阙穴) daily for about 15-20 minutes. This is the point where the belly button is.
This Shen Que Acupoint (神阙穴) is a point along the Conception Pulse (任脉) where our bodies received life in our mothers womb from. At that time what becomes our umbilicus was indeed our life-support system.
Pressing and massaging this acupoint restores the Yang (阳) energies, and consequently tonifies the Qi (气) and warms the abdomen.
Note: Not recommended for pregnant ladies.
2. Conserve the Yang (阳) energies
As Winter Solstice (冬至) is the time where the Yin (阴) energies is at its strongest peak and Yang (阳) energies at its weakest state, elderly people and any person who is in a very critically ill condition should exercise extra caution during the few days leading to the Winter Solstice (冬至) as their body system may be struggling extremely hard to conserve their already weak Yang (阳) energies during this period when the Universal Yang (阳) energies are also at its weakest.
3. Taking Extra Precautions
For those with medical pre-conditions of heart disease, high blood pressure, or strokes, take extra precautions and care during this period as such conditions could easily relapse or worsen during the period of strong Water energies (Winter).
4. Avoid Undertaking Major Activities / Events
When the energies are in the midst of transiting, they tend to be very unsettling and unstable. It is best to avoid undertaking any major activities / events 2 days before and after Winter Solstice (冬至). Examples of major activities / events can be marriage, commencing renovation, shifting in to new house, starting new job, commencing surgery, etc.
-Live Right & You’ll Live Bright-