Winter Solstice 2019

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Nightfall On The Kanawha River 101419” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

Old Sol closes his sleepy eyes and settles behind the mountain for his long rest. The winter solstice has come at last. On December 22nd the sun must begin the long march to his rightful place in the sky. We won’t notice it at first but the light is returning to our world.

Yes, our coldest days of winter are still ahead of us but during those days the shadows will slowly ebb away. I refer to this as “The New Light” and as we draw closer to Christmas Day I’ll go into more detail about what I mean. Like many things in life I draw both natural and spiritual meanings from my observations. (I fully believe that we are spiritual beings having a natural experience)

We all have seasons of darkness in our lives. Times when we feel like the morning sun is taking forever to rise. But it’s the longest darkness that signals the end of the night. And the next night will be shorter.

So how did I celebrate the winter solstice today? With a nap. I laid back in my recliner with my Beagle mix and I rested and restored myself. I have come to the conclusion that often what we think of as a spiritual “long night” is simply fatigue. The modern world places a lot of demands on our lives. Life is energy and fulfilling those ever growing demands takes a lot of energy. Whenever I feel like the darkness is closing in on me I know it’s time to get some rest and let that energy reserve be restored.

So as the darkness passes through my mountains I am rebuilding my own energy and looking forward to the new light to gently return in the weeks ahead.

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December 21st 

December 21st is the date I look forward to every winter.  I probably enjoy the Winter Solstice more than Christmas. It’s the longest night of the year and the halfway point to Spring.  I love my mountains and all the beauty that surrounds us here but Winter here is long and dark.  After tonight the light returns to my world.