As we approach the Winter Solstice, we welcome snowy nights and warm fireside chats and hot cocoa.
Understanding Solstice is central to understanding seasons on our planet.
The proximity to Christmas makes it even more interesting.
Essentially the Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It happens during December 20-21. LIKE now.
I like to light some candles, since I have no fireplace here. And sit quietly in the night, if it is warm enough, I will be outside enjoying the moon and reflecting on people who have been doing this for ages and ages.
Sometimes, when the weather is nice, I will sing or dance in the yard as a celebration of the winter season.
For me, this is a ritual that feels more important than the calendar New Year. Why? Because the Solstice is directly connected to our planet's relationship to others in the galaxy and the New Year is simply a calendar issue.
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