The winter solstice is today. It is the time at which the Sun is appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied but most Northern Hemisphere cultures hold recognition of rebirth, involving festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.
I know of several solstice ceremonies going on today near me. I am attending one at Stillheart Institute that is focusing on rebirth. There will be drumming. So this is my first opportunity to use the drum I made last month.
Quotes on solstice:
“We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.” – Earl Nightingale
“Now, near the Winter Solstice, it is good to light candles. All the nice meanings of bringing light to the world can be beautiful. But perhaps we are concentrating on lighting the world because we don’t know how to light up our own lives.” – Ralph Levy
As the sun spirals its longest dance, Cleanse us. As nature shows bounty and fertility. Bless us. Let all things live with loving intent. And to fulfill their truest destiny.” A Wiccan Blessing for summer solstice