Turn to the Light this Winter Solstice

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

December 21, 2017. The darkest, shortest day of the year is upon us and a timely Solstice it is considering the news in the US yesterday.

Putting politics to the side for this blog… let’s just say that the darkest hour is just before the dawn. Starting tomorrow, the days lengthen, leading up to the Summer Solstice in June. With each day, more sunshine will fill the hours. Bring on the light!

The word Solstice comes from the Latin, ‘solstitium’, which means sun standing (still). This is the perfect time to pause, breathe, sit still for a moment or two. Feel the darkness beginning to make way to the light. Feel the balance of light and darkness and picture the balance tipping toward the light. That’s a wonderful thought to ponder, today and every day of the year.

Of course, In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true. Dawn comes early, and dusk comes late. The sun is high and the shortest noontime shadow of the year happens there. In the Southern Hemisphere, people will experience their longest day and shortest night. The balance of light and dark…. For our earth, in our lives, in our hearts and minds.

For me, the Solstice means sitting still at the moment of the tilt, blasting light and energy to the universe with all my might while soaking up the light the universe has to offer. It also means wearing my Alex Streeter mermaid ring to remember that today, our dive to darkness slowly curves and we begin to swim ever upward toward the surface and the light.

Today, acknowledge the dark and our resiliency to get through it. Celebrate the light and focus on it with all your might, nice people.