17 Dec 2013

Sun into Capricorn - Winter Solstice

It's dark and wintry in the northern hemisphere, and this is the time of year when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn. With busy lives and disturbing events happening around us in a world full of change, it's good to remember and reconnect with natural events which occur at this time of year. Connecting with the position of the Sun in relation to ourselves on Earth is something we can do relatively easily at this busy time of year. On 21st December the Sun is at its furthest point from the northern hemisphere, making this is the shortest day and longest night of the year. Meanwhile, down in the southern hemisphere the Sun is riding high in the sky as the exact opposite happens.

It may look dark but the light is there, waiting to return
The winter solstice is a festival of light and in the northern hemisphere it coincides with Christmas. This Christian festival takes place at the same time of year as the pagan celebration of the solstice which celebrates the gradual and at first impercetible return of the light of the Sun after the long days of darkness. It's the turning point of the year and marks the return of the light and the rebirth of the Sun (the Son in Christianity...?), together with the promise of the warmth and energy the Sun brings to make crops - essential to life - grow once again after the earth has lain dormant.

This is the time of year when people of all faiths, and none, can express their connection with the earth, our life upon it in relation to others we meet, and our place in the solar system.

Share the warmth of friendship at the turning point of the year and bring some light and joy into your own life and the lives of others.

Here are some suggestions of what you could do at this time of year to bring light into your own life:
  • light a candle 
  • call a friend
  • perform a random act of kindness
  • take a risk and smile at strangers as you walk down the street  
  • say hello to someone you don't know
  • glow with joy and a warmth of spirit...and it will come back to you in spades
Greetings of the season to everyone out there, and may the warmth of friendship be wrapped around you at this time of year.


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