Dear, Careful and Kind Children of the Earth,
Here we are again…Winter Solstice: the shortest day, the longest night of the year. Winter Solstice: a moment of stillness before the light of our Sun begins its long return. All life on this planet takes note of this unavoidable physical fact: the darkest time heralds the return of the light.
Everywhere in the northern hemisphere there are celebrations. Family and friends are coming together to express appreciation and love, to share what they have and to offer their wishes for peace and prosperity. As long as there have been people, there have been celebrations of the Sun’s return.
In the Pagan world, the longest night of the year is also a time to step out of our routines and acknowledge the Great Mystery: that we are held by something much bigger than we can ever understand.
It’s a time of letting go of Fear, a time of stepping into Trust. Faith. Belief.
It’s a Sacred time in the old sense of the word: Sacred has its roots in the idea of being set apart from the everyday. Every culture has a way to make this time of the year Sacred, of taking a break from the material world and renewing our Faith in what really does hold life together: Love, Compassion, Kindness.
And all of us, on Winter Solstice, have the opportunity to witness what our bodies are experiencing: darkness does not increase forever. Eventually, the light returns.
If that’s not a reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is.
May your Solstice take you where you need to be.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
…by Wendell Berry
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