Winter Solstice, 2010

From late night 12/21/10: I am sitting here awaiting the winter solstice lunar eclipse, and missing my solstice gathering, so I thought I’d create a virtual one, complete with a tree with candles. (For those of you who don’t know the ritual, please bear with me.) On the tree I have hung a tassel (like from a graduation cap) which actually has a double meaning. On the one hand, I have undervalued this accomplishment (a PH.D.) and what it took to achieve it; on the other hand, I have, in some ways, bought into the overvaluation which society gives it. Both of these attitudes have impeded my ability to be myself fully. And, as I light a candle, calling in the light once more, what I take from the tree is a tiny sled like the one I had as a child (wooden slats over red runners, with a rudimentary “rudder” to steer). Having climbed to the top of a long, snowy hill, I now can glide down with ease, picking up some speed, steering to avoid rocks and trees, and yipping in total delight.

Now I invite you to hand an ornament of your own on the tree, representing something you are leaving to the darkness, and either take my tassel, or another imagined ornament, which represents what you are calling into the light during this time of darkness. Blessings. ( Image taken from a Jacquie Lawson e-card from:

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