12.21.2004

Winter Solstice


STANDINGSTILLSUN2
Originally uploaded by ctb57.
Here it is another Yule, and the close of another year. I sit here this evening awaiting a snowfall modern-day soothsayers are predicting. However, persimmon seeds fortold this earlier in the fall with their spoon-laden seeds. For those unaware of persimmon lore, old-timers will tell you that if you cut open persimmon seeds you will find images of knife, fork or spoon shapes within the endosperm; an abundance of spoons means a winter of snow.

Have you ever wondered how a snowflake grows? I recently came upon a little book called strangely enough, "The Little Book of Snowflakes," by Kenneth Libbrecht. Mr. Libbrecht is from southern California of all places and loves capturing these frosty crystals on film. The book is filled with all sorts of lovely flakes, quotes and information about how snowflakes become the works of art they are. A visit to his site, Snowcrystals will introduce you to the magical world of snowflakes where you can even watch a snowflake grow. So, on this longest night of the year, I await all 10 inches of the soft stuff.

This is a special night for those of us who have chosen the Pagan path, and it's not all that different from Christmas which will be celebrated by many in a few days hence. Both celebrate the virgin birth of a god, in a cave, during the darkest time of the year. A renewal. This night I will spend reflecting on the year that has past. I will honor my mother who passed from this life last year. The sun pauses on this day; it stands still. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere it marks the beginning of the journey toward summer.

Standing-still-sun

Yule marks the day earth's
jack-tilted hemisphere leans
the furthest from the sun.
Daylight, for some, is six
hours long; the sun is at
its lowest arc in the sky.
With the celebration of Yule
comes the rebirth of the sun.
Candles, evergreens, feasting
and generosity echo a past
older than imaginable.

Copyright Cher Cunningham, 2002


A Blessed Yule to all.

2 Comments:

Blogger taliendo said...

Winter Solstice has long been one of my favorite days of the year.

A Blessed Yule to you as well, my friend!
-dan.

8:40 AM  
Blogger coldteablues said...

Brrrr, it's cold today in southern Indiana. But golly, it's beautiful as well.

10:04 AM  

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