solstice 2015

11:48 PM tonight, if I have calculated the local time correctly from the Universal Standard time, the year turns.  Winter Solstice.  What new can be said? Somehow this moment in the year’s unstoppable tipping forward carries far greater weight than its opposite. Perhaps the closeness to Christmas and the calendar new year, with all their layered rituals makes this so.

Still, I believe there remains a shared seed of primitive apprehension active in us at this time. No matter how civilized and world-wise, no matter how well we understand the orbits and the angles of tilt, the scientific reality that creates the moment, the cold and darkness work on us.

So, light the candles, the fire, the tree—and hunker down tonight.  Tomorrow brings a fresh new chance to get it right.


  1. Susan Murray says:

    “…..And just now, the sun/rouging the clouds’ chin.” Love this, Kathleen!

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