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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.