Sun Reborn: Winter Solstice

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December 21: Beginning of Winter


The event behind this rather dry pre-printed entry in my calendar is one that’s been celebrated around the world in virtually all cultures since man started watching the skies and weaving his observations into his myths and religions. Winter Solstice marks the year’s shortest day and longest night—the night Sun is reborn.


His rays will gradually but steadily grow stronger, resulting in longer days and higher temperatures. His efforts will culminate in spring’s eruptive vegetation. 


Instead of celebrating New Year on December 31, why not step out of the treadmill of holiday frenzy and celebrate the beginning of the Celtic year’s second half by:


  • Consciously savoring the year’s shortest day by watching the sunrise and sunset
  • Running errands on foot
  • Having porridge or rice pudding for breakfast
  • Cooking a dish using only seasonal vegetables
  • Making your own spice tea with fennel seeds, anise, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and fresh ginger
  • Potting bulbs and storing them in a cool place, watering sparingly
  • Growing cress on a wad in a pretty glass or bowl
  • Doing 108 Sun Salutations
  • Reading a poem aloud
  • Listening to music
  • Lighting scented candles or incense
  • Going on a one-day TV, internet, and phone fast
  • Writing a letter to someone you love using colored paper and a fountain pen

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