Winter Solstice

The dim light of afternoon
Quickly fades;
The shortest day.
just after sunset

It’s the Winter Solstice today, the shortest day, and the longest night of the year.  From this day onwards the daylight begins a slow and initially almost imperceptible lengthening.  Whatever religion or culture one follows, surely this day is worth celebrating?

Up from the earth,
Down from the sky,
The circle of life surrounds us.

With the light increasing, there will be within us an awakening: the dark turning into the light; a notion that the hibernation of winter will end; the old year is dying and a new year is being born.

Stand in the circle,
Dance in the light,
Embrace our place in the cosmos.


29 thoughts on “Winter Solstice

    1. Thank you, Marina, for your lovely comments. I’ve been for my morning walk, early, and it is a fresh bright day here, blowing the last of the leaves from the trees! πŸŒΉπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

  1. Definitely one to celebrate, Ashley. The day has a special feel to it, calm and bright after several grim days. It’s also my birthday! Best wishes.

    1. Here it’s blustery and bright with the last of that oak tree’s leaves being blown away. Best wishes for your birthday, Michael.πŸŽ‚ An expensive month then? My wife’s birthday is in the first week of December and besides Christmas, we also have our wedding anniversary afterwards! πŸ‘›πŸ˜Ÿ

    1. Absolutely! And I hope my celebrations of the wheel of the year will remind others of their connection to the natural world and the cosmos. Thank you for dropping by πŸ’πŸ’“πŸ™πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

  2. I like what you said, “Whatever religion or culture one follows, surely this day is worth celebrating?” We don’t need a religion to celebrate the winter solstice. Its significance is lost at/near the equator, but for us mid-latitude folk and higher (or lower, in the southern hemisphere), the solstice means a lot! Nice photo of my favorite tree and beautiful poems, especially the opening hokku! Hope you are enjoying this day, Ashleaf!

    1. Hi Edo-san, thanks for your visit. So far the day has been good. My early walk this morning was in bright sunshine even though the sun was low in the sky. Also, it was breezy and many of the old dried-up leaves that until now were hanging onto the branches were being blown around me: “the circle of life”.

    1. Dear Marina, thank you. That tree is in a neighbour’s garden but it is such a feature in my life! Happy holidays and festive greetings to you and yours too. My card is in the next post! πŸŒΉπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

    1. Dear Lisa, thank you! It is a wonderful celebration of the changing light. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comments about my verses. πŸŒΉπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

    1. Dear Joanna, I’ve been so caught up in this that I nearly missed your Dickens Christmas Story post! Thank you for visiting and for your much appreciated comments πŸŒΉπŸŽ…

  3. You are writing so beautifully, it is a delight to read it.
    Enjoy the Winter Solstice!
    I am always kind of relieved when this day has come as for me it looks now again evenmore beautiful when the nights get shorter, indeed a time to celebrate!

    1. Dear Ute, it is lovely to hear from you. Some technical gremlins infiltrated my blog and I lost you (also a few others). Your comments are very much appreciated; thank you. Yes! I too love this day for the same reason as you! πŸŒΉπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

  4. And now – we all look forward with hope even as the winter does its worst, in the months ahead.
    All seasons matter. All have their beauty and purpose. All will change. And then again.

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