Growing weary of the dark days? Take heart. The Winter Solstice arrives this week and, for good measure, will coincide with the glow of a full moon. Nature remembers what we sometimes forget. Darkness is always ousted by the light.
This return to light isn’t just a positive affirmation, wishful thinking, or snappy campaign promise. It’s indisputable, mind-blowing scientific fact. In the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day of 2018 comes on December 21. That’s when the sun will be at its lowest point in the sky.
Solstice, in Latin, means to stand still. At the Winter Solstice, the sun reaches the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn. The southward movement of the sun seems to stop before it reverses direction and begins its path northward bringing longer, lighter days.
The Winter Solstice also marks the beginning of our astronomical winter. (As opposed to the meteorological winter which began December 1.) Some may bemoan the upcoming season, but we can choose to find peace in the quiet beauty of winter knowing that spring is on its way.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this year the Full Cold Moon will reach its peak during the Winter Solstice. That might mean more when you realize the next full moon to peak during the Winter Solstice isn’t until 2094! I don’t know about you, but I think we could all use that extra dose of beauty and light about right now.
Are the world’s troubles troubling you? Perhaps a loved one is going through a difficult time. Maybe you are experiencing a dark time in your own life. The Winter Solstice can signify a turning point, a time to release the darkness in favor of the light and positive energy.
Nature is urging us to see the light and be the light. So put another log on the fire, burn the candles, and string up those holiday lights. Bask in the promise of the stars shining in the night sky and the one atop the tree. Fill yourself with warm, twinkly light so you can go out and shine.
We already know how, but here are five things I’m working on ~ smile, say nice things, don’t complain, be grateful, and lighten up. In the words of John Lennon, “Yeah, we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.”