Thursday, December 21, 2006

Winter Solstice


Today light and dark are balanced. Night and day are in equal measure, but from now on daylight gets longer as we look towards spring.

In times past Yule, not only celebrated the winter solstice but was also a way to give thanks for getting half way through the cold months of winter. A sort of 'thank fuck for that, we survived this far'. The Yule log (not the chocolate one, although this is where it originates from) represents heat and light for the winter months - basic human needs that are all but forgotten in our modern, overindulgent society.

Many festivals at this time of year, celebrate light in the darkness, a time of hope, and wishes for the future.

I leave you with a candle for Yule.
Make a wish, as is tradition....








... if light turned to darkness,
stars faded one by one,
and if all t'was dark and quiet,
you would be my private sun.





12 comments:

Debi said...

Bring it on!zlrkgp

Debi said...

oo-er that was word verification slipping into comment ... not me speaking in tongues ...

Atyllah said...

Dang, that means down this neck of the woods the days are going to start getting shorter - and I've only just put away my winter woollies. Not fair!

Have a wonderful and happy festive season Minx and may 2007 see all your dreams fulfilled.

Minx said...

Tongues are good Debi - saves always trying to be coherent, I find.

Thank you Atyllah, may the solstice grant you that thermal underwear stays a good few months away.

Blessed be.

Roberta said...

Happy Winter Solstice, dear Minx! And a Merry, Merry Christmas!

Susan Abraham said...

Take care, Minx.

Saaleha said...

Loved the poetry. Stunning. Yes, Atyllah is right, our days start getting shorter now. May you enjoy a wonderful festive season, barrels full of Gin and truckloads of laughter.

Marie said...

Happy Winter Solstice, Minx, and a Happy New Year.

jta said...

May the light of this season fall on you and around you, Minx, and show you the way forward. Blessings.

Minx said...

The path is already drawn, the light only shows us where to put our feet.
Happy solstice to everyone, and may you all survive the winter!

Jefferson Davis said...

Happy Yule/Winter Solstice, Minx.

Sharon J said...

Love and peace, Minx. Always.