The Winter Solstice is an astronomical event that occurs when the earth’s tilt is farthest away from the Sun. This is the shortest day of the year. Tomorrow ‘the sun returns’ to the northern hemisphere and the days begin to get longer again. I wrote about a ‘law of attraction’ holiday on July 4th – this should be another law of attraction holiday. A celebration of the return of our light of awareness.
Not only is this the shortest day with the least light, today is the day when the sun is physically at its farthest point from the earth. We can celebrate a return of the light as a return of ourselves to alignment. A return to our awareness of our Source and connection to All-That-Is. (Because we know we are always connected, right? Just not always aware of our connection.) We go thru this every day, every time we are depressed or despondent and we come out of it, that is a return to our awareness of connection. But why not have a big celebration on this day to commemorate the times all year when we come back to our awareness. Hey, I’m all about any excuse for a party!
The other side of today is that this is the longest, darkest night of the year. Rather than push the darkness away as we so often do, we can look deeply within it to find the gifts it brings us. Darkness brings contrast. Contrast brings desire. What do we really want? What are we creating instead of what we want. We can honor the darkness, and ourselves, by taking some time to look within. We examine our past year and reflect what we want to release and what we’d like to draw more of as the light returns.
“The seven days preceding and the seven following the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere were called, by the ancients, the Halcyon Days. (December 14th to 28th.) Halcyon Days are days that no storms are believed to occur. The halcyon bird (kingfisher – its name comes from the Greek meaning ‘sea conceiver’), was believed to lay its eggs on the sea at the time that it was calm.” (from Wikipedia.org)
This was considered the best time for mariners, and from this belief we obtain the expression ‘the halcyon days’, meaning the best days in one’s life. They are said to be calm, quiet, tranquil, peaceful, undisturbed and happy. This is a perfect time for quiet reflection. (After the party, of course!)
Happy Solstice, Folks!