One of two special days for me. Today, as the shortest day is the natural ‘pivot point’ of the year, as from here on in, the days gradually, almost imperceptively begin to lengthen again. The light from the sun and its life giving energy gradually returns to the earth.
As the time of the longest night, it is highly symbolic as a time to ‘get through’, to survive, with the hope of new life, growth and abundance to come.
As the sun sets this afternoon, it is my tradition to light a candle, to burn through the night. It is a time to let go of any regrets and to make “wishes” for the coming year.
I realise I am in a minority, but for me, tonight is the eve of the new year. And not a time of massive celebration……that can come once the time of longest darkness has passed. No, tonight is more a time of quiet contemplation. To remember the people and things that have passed in the previous cycle of the year and to let go of them and encourage hope for the new year to come.