It was a while ago now but I only just managed to download my photographs. I celebrated the winter solstice on a trip. I find the winters in New Zealand especially long without something in the middle to celebrate (like Christmas). So the solstice was an obvious step.
I hadn't planned on making a very big deal of it but I did want to mark it in some way. To think about the future, say goodbye to the past and acknowledge the present. I lit three candles and also bought three stones (I suppose the correct term is crystals), just the ones that I liked when I was browsing. As it turned out three of my co-trippers were around when we had our celebration and I gifted one to each of them. I love the coincidence of it :) The stones I bought were Opalite, Mt St Helen Obsidian and Malachite.
One of my co-trippers also read our tarot (this one is mine). It was a such a lovely, chilled and reflective evening. I hope this starts a tradition I'll stick to!