K, so this is weird.
Usually I'm in the northern hemisphere for Solstices and these sorts of things, but right now I'm in Australia.
I'm going to be flying back to the UK on the 21st, which is pretty much the Solstice, and so I'm kind of going to get more Winter Solstice than Summer Solstice, which is why I made a Winter Solstice spread in the middle of UK summer.
I always feel a bit meh during winter. Especially in the UK. There's no sun for months on end and so I think it's super important for us to be kind to ourselves with warm slippers and cups of cocoa. That's why this is a self love + self care spread.
Weirdly though, it's actually been sunnier and nicer in Melbourne than it has in the UK for the last few weeks.
So yeah, what's going on? It's winter, but it's sunny.
Here's a Winter Solstice spread for y'all to try, whether it's winter or not, who cares, it's a great spread for self love and self care on any cold day, or anytime of the year anyway.
1. Reward Yourself
This card will let you know what you've done awesomely that needs a reward. Like, what can you reward yourself for, and how can you do it?
I got the Fool reversed. Time to reward myself for all the times I got out of my comfort zone and said "screw it" and jumped. I trusted the universe, I could trust it more, that's true. But mostly I'm gonna reward myself for the adventures I've taken and probably reward myself by planning another jump.
2. Rest Here
They always say "don't rest on your laurels", but actually, this is exactly what you should do right now. What are your laurels to rest on?
I got Four of Swords reversed. Ha! This is like yes Vix, this means you too. Hahah.
3. Seeds to Sow
The Winter Solstice is more about sowing seeds than making stuff happen. What are some seeds for you to start sowing, or think about sowing?
I got the Eight of Cups. Time to sow some serious seeds for mindset shifts and work on some overwhelm issues!
4. Love Yourself
Everyone is always banging on about self love and loving yourself, but WTF does it even really mean? This card will give you some guidance on how to love yourself.
I got the Ten of Pentacles. A bit of a "it's OK to be successful and be looked after financially" message. Loving yourself is about accepting all the gifts the universe throws at you, not being a martyr.
5. Your Inner Light
What's lighting you up? What's keeping you bright?
I got the Tower reversed. OMG this reading is killing me. Haha! OK, so actually, right now I'm being lit up by the idea of creating my life and my biz from the ground up. A lot of stuff had to go, but it's OK because actually, rebuilding stuff the way you really want it is super exciting.
6. Awesomeness Potential
Oh yeah baby! It might be cold (or not really if you're in parts of Aussie) and you might not feel like doing much right now, but babe, you will, and when you do, this is the cool stuff that may come up for you.
I got the Nine of Wands reversed. A great message about releasing some old junk here, especially "what others think of you" and generally letting down your guard.
7. How to Stay Shiny
Sometimes when it's cold and dark it's hard to stay shiny. But this card will help you find a way to stay shiny, even in the dark. For more help with this check out my totally free e-book How to Stay Shiny!
I got the Four of Pentacles. I can stay shiny by letting go, surrendering and letting it happen rather than focusing on and forcing myself to be shiny at all times!
I hope this spread helps you, wherever you are, whatever the season or the weather.
With so much love, light and warm winter solstices,