Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance, and there is only dance. ~ T.S. Eliot
Solstice greetings! For the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the start of astronomical winter. This is the longest night and shortest day of the year.
In the Southern Hemisphere, it's the start of summer, the longest day and shortest night of the year. Enjoy!
The solstice is today-- Sunday, December 21 at 23:03 UTC (5:03 p.m. CST).
You can find more about the solstice here.
The word solstice means sun-stilling. It is as if the Sun stands still--that is, the movement of the Sun's path (as seen from Earth) seems to come to a stop before reversing direction. Is it any wonder people built bonfires, and Stonehenge?
Still, it may be that the winter solstice was more important to ancient peoples. The stones at Stonehenge are aligned for the sunset on the shortest day, commemorating the earliest sunset and the darkest time of the year. The winter solstice meant the death of the old year. It also marked the start of a new year, and increasing light.
And this time around, the solstice coincides with a new moon, also considered a new beginning.
So happy solstice, and new moon. Here's to another journey around the sun. In the spirit of the winter season, here are more gifts of winter.
Love, light and peace to all!