Every year as the Holidays and Winter Solstice roll around, I think about the origins of all of our cultural celebrations at this time of year, and that each in our own way, we are celebrating light. As the season turns, it’s as if the light of our souls and the sun are converging to make the world brighter.
Here in Montana near the 45th parallel, our shortest day on the Solstice is 8 hrs, 40 minutes (and yes, we do count the minutes as each day grows longer after December 21st!). It’s interesting that the word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction.
I love that feeling of ‘starting fresh’ that we get at this time of year…
It’s not just the knowing that from here the short, dark winter days are going to expand ultimately into the rebirth of spring and the ripening of summer… It’s the connections we make with family & friends during this time that has a deep meaning for each of us, no matter our beliefs. It’s that reuniting of community that we carry forward, newly sustained, into the new year.
Here’s wishing you the warmth of close family & friends as you celebrate the season, and the inspiration to become your dreams in every moment of the year ahead!