Winter Solstice 2006

Winter Solstice 2006

That time of year when the sun is lowest on the horizon and we wonder if spring will ever come again. December 21st, the winter solstice is anchored in the very connection of our planet to the heavens.

Low sun, long shadows, and short days. Bundled up, we walk on a dormant land.

people shadow

The hearth: warmth and cosiness that protects us from the winter storms. Lights, food, music, and drink. Reflections upon the year that passed and hopes for the new one to come. Wishes of health, joy, and peace; equally motivated by optimism and apprehension.

The tide, night and day, the four seasons, life and death. We are unified in cycles and rhythms.

tree shadow

The World Is Too Much with Us

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. – Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

– William Wordsworth (1770-1850)


This entry was written by Owen Rose , posted on Sunday December 17 2006at 04:12 pm , filed under Environment, Society and Culture and tagged . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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