The Magic Of Winter Solstice: 7 Ways to Celebrate the Returning Light

I found this lovely post and wanted to pass it on. This is a first for The Cascadian Wanderer – I’ve never reblogged a post before! Live and learn…

The Muse in the Mirror

With Christmas fast approaching, it can be all too easy to get swept away in the festive frenzy of need and expectation, and to lose sight of the true reason for the season.

Whilst I love celebrating Christmas day conventionally with my family, the real magic for me happens during the Winter Solstice, which falls on December 21st. I share with you some celebratory ideas so that you may be inspired to create your own solstice customs and rekindle some magic to a time of year that has become buried under an avalanche of materialism.

Winter Solstice blessing_wpWhat is the Winter Solstice?

The term solstice is derived from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand, so solstices are days when the sun reaches its farthest northern and southern declinations. The Winter Solstice, also known as the pagan festival of Yule, marks the mid-point of winter and brings the promise of new beginnings as we move…

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5 Responses to The Magic Of Winter Solstice: 7 Ways to Celebrate the Returning Light

  1. Pingback: Christmas Catch-up, 2015 | The Cascadian Wanderer

  2. Louis W. says:

    Thanks for sharing this; it explains a lot. I have been going around saying that something is very wrong with the world. It wasn’t that long ago when I could take Darcy (our dog) for a walk at 8 o’clock at night and it was still light. Now the darkness is here by 4:30 or 5:00 in the afternoon. It is certainly about time for something to change. Now that the light is returning, I assume that Donald Trump’s poll numbers will start falling and we may see a little more peace in the world..

    If it wasn’t for the various quirks of the calendar, we should be celebrating the return of the light with Christmas and New Year’s and the Solstice (which occurred about 13 hours ago) all together today. Accordingly, Happy All of Those Days to you and yours.

  3. Louis W. says:

    Thanks for sharing this; it explains a lot. I have been going around saying that something is very wrong with the world. It wasn’t that long ago when I could take Darcy (our dog) for a walk at 8 o’clock at night and it was still light. Now the darkness is here by 4:30 or 5:00 in the afternoon. It is certainly about time for something to change. Now that the light is returning, I assume that Donald Trump’s poll numbers will start falling and we may see a little more peace in the world..

    If it wasn’t for the various quirks of the calendar, we should be celebrating the return of the light with Christmas and New Year’s and the Solstice (which occurred about 13 hours ago) all together today. Accordingly, Happy All of Those Days to you and yours.

    • Louis W. says:

      I don’t know how this got posted twice. You can delete one (or both).

      • bobgriffith says:

        It must be important! I will leave it as it is, for now at least – I run a loose blog around here. I’m very glad that both you and Darcy now know that what has gone wrong with the light is now going right. Every day we are all being more enlightened.

        DT makes the vein in my forehead really, really big so I haven’t said much about him yet. Until I can get hold of about 5 hits of a serious vasodilator I’m going to stay away from the subject. Have a Cheerful, Enlightening Solstice and a Sacred, Merry Christmas!

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