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Winter Welcome
Yesterday was the winter solstice, the shortest day of 2010 here in North America, and the first day of what I hope will be a beautiful and peaceful winter.

The Ice Tester by Keith Dotson zatista.com

This year, the solstice packed a heavenly punch with a full moon plus a full lunar eclipse, visible in the Americas if you were lucky enough to have a clear sky and the chutzpah to be awake between midnight and 3 a.m. And how could you not when the last winter solstice eclipse was in 1638! What’s more: this year’s celestial events were topped off by the Ursid meteor shower. Did anyone see it? Sadly, my region didn’t have clear skies last night.

Trees in Winter3 by Adam Regan

According to Grove Harris of The Huffington Post, “Winter solstice marks the first day of winter and the beginning of the return of the sun. While the cold deepens, the lengthening days show a welcome turning towards spring’s renewal. This gives a message of hope: frozen ground, relentless cold and the darkest season will not last forever.”

Landscape in Winter by Josh Huyser

“This dark time of the year is time to catch up on sleep, perhaps mimicking the hibernating animals a bit, and to celebrate with friends,” Harris continues.

Ice Pond by Bill Finney zatista.com

Finally, Harris asks, “How can we participate in this cyclic life? In what ways am I hibernating, turning inward, and resting at this time? What new ray of insight am I looking for, to guide me in the coming year? What’s being born in me in the dark season, to be sheltered for a while and brought forth in the spring season? Solstice meditations can feed the year ahead.”

The Woods in Winter by Anne Lively zatista.com

To further honor the pace of winter we’ll have just one post this week here on WallSpin, and only one post next week as well.

Snow Birds by Andera van Voorst Van Beest

On that note, I’ll leave you to ponder the solstice and what it stirs in you. Wishing you a very warm and cozy winter, from your friends at Zatista.

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