Winter Solstice: New Beginnings
A full year has come and gone since the date predicted by the Mayan calendar for the end of the world. Thankfully the world continues to turn and we have reached another milestone in 2013 – the Winter Solstice.
As we prepare for Christmas, it’s easy to overlook the Winter Solstice otherwise known as Yule or “The shortest day of the year”, but there is much evidence that Christmas actually originated from this ancient festival. Whether you prefer to celebrate Christmas or the Winter Solstice, both holidays have symbols of birth and rebirth, endings and new beginnings, giving and rejoicing.
The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). It is a turning point in the seasons as, from this point on, the day starts to lengthen and we move towards Spring. The Winter Solstice symbolizes a time of new beginnings, an end to the cold and hope for warmer times. It is a time to set new intentions and bring about positive changes in your life. So take a moment to gather your thoughts from 2013, put the bad parts behind you and take only positive thoughts with you on your journey. A new year is here and it’s time to look forward into the future.
The Shortest Day – by Susan Cooper
So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
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