I have declared this a pyjamas day for us all here in my household. We are all in various degrees of this virus, with my husband and I having very bad sore throats today. I think the universe wants me to be silent and listen more. Which, as it's Dec 20, and the day before the solstice, is something I was hoping to do anyway. This year the solstice is extra special with the new moon occurring on the same day as the solstice. So this is like the dark of the year, and the dark of the moon, combined. Here is a link to a blog where Beth Owl talks about the significance of tonight.
Beth Owl is a tarot card reader and one of my favourite blogs to visit for insights in how to live more naturally with the seasons. This has been a long-time goal of mine. I've only recently come to realize that I want to hibernate during the winter season, including through some of the holiday season. This is the second year in a row that we are all sick at the beginning of the holidays, so it looks like we all need some time to be quiet when the holidays start. Do you notice something similar, or another kind of rhythm, when the holidays start for your family? Do you go to a lot of social activities - work, school for the children, friends? I used to do more. I love gatherings and potlucks and parties, open houses, though as I've gotten older I've realized that I am truly an introvert and gatherings tire me more quickly now. So it's about finding a balance between social activities and quiet time now. Have you discovered anything similar for you?
Celebrating the solstice
There is something refreshing about silence, and about thinking about the meaning of this season. It is the change from one year to the next, so one thing I like to do is think on what I learned this past year, what I'd like to leave behind, and what I'd like to let in and learn about in the next year.
Some fun links:
Scary Icelandic terrors for Christmas: **Shiver.** These would have been terrifying to hear about as a child! And I still have to buy two articles of clothing for two of the males in my family.
Crimson Peak: Oh my goodness, anything that features Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddlestone in a Gothic setting is going to be fun! This is something to look forward to next year when there are no more new Hobbit or LoTR movies to look forward to. Just look at this picture released by the movie company:
Lovely dark stuff.
Happy last night of the solar year to you.