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Happy Winter Solstice

The title of this magical animation by paper cut artist Angie Pickman refers to the winter solstice, but it's also symbolic of other "long nights" we face in life: a mental or physical health crisis...a period of grief, hardship, or trauma...or the political situations unfolding in Westminster, Washington DC, and other troubled places around the world.

"We are always on a journey from darkness into light," the Irish poet/philosopher John O'Donohue reminds us. "At first, we are children of the darkness. Your body and your face were formed first in the kind darkness of your mother's womb. You lived the first nine months in there. Your birth was the first journey from darkness into light. All your life, your mind lives within the darkness of your body. Every thought you have is a flint moment, a spark of light from your inner darkness. The miracle of thought is its presence in the night side of your soul; the brilliance of thought is born of darkness. Each day is a journey. We come out of the night into the day. All creativity awakens at this primal threshold where light and darkness test and bless each other. You only discover the balance in your life when you learn to trust the flow of this ancient rhythm."

Copyright by Karen Davis

In the mythic sense, we practice moving from darkness into light every morning of our lives. The task now is make that movement larger, to join together to carry the entire world through the long night to the dawn.

Stray by Jeanie Tomanek

Capturing the Moon by Jeanie Tomanek

The art above is"The Spirit Within" by Karen Davis (UK); "Stray" and "Capturing the Moon" by Jeanie Tomanek (US). The video is by Angie Pickman (US); go here to see more of her work. The quote is from Anam Cara (Bantam Books, 1997) by John O'Donhue (1956-2008, Ireland). All right to the video and art above are reserved by the artists; all rights to O'Donohue's text are reserved by his estate.

Comments

Seasons greetings Terri and Tilly.

Many thanks for this and many other comforting, inspiring posts.

I can certainly relate to being in darkness and trying to move into the light as Tuppy passed away last week after fourteen years of blessed love and companionship.

I love the way you describe 'a kind darkness' and creativity being born where light and dark meet. This year, for the first time I've been viewing darkness and winter in a positive way. The summer was always my favourite. Warm days energise me, but I'm now loving this season too - seeing it as a time of rest and taking extra care of oneself... the darkness as nurturing.

Oh Steven, I'm so sorry. Tuppy was a blessed presence on this earth. I shall light a candle for you two today here on Dartmoor.

Lovely - thanks so much for sharing. Up here in Scotland, where it's dark by 3:30 and where sometimes the day never seems to begin at all, this brings solace. I look forward to being on the other side of the solstice when the days start getting longer! xxoo e

Many thanks, that is a lovely gesture. She will be in the wood by the tower in the company of the ravens and with the foxes whose scent was always more interesting than anything I was saying or doing.

Happy Winter Solstice! Thank you for sharing this lovely video and wise words. I have been feeling a lot like I am in the winter of my life lately. For me, midwinter brings a lot of hope. Tonight I will draw close to my family and dog and will rest easier knowing that light is coming!

Happy solstice to you! Embracing dark/light twins.

So beautiful <3

Happy Winter Solstice back. I am enjoying the earlier evenings this year and your posts. Tonight, as, so far, the rain has ceased, we may be able to see the full moon and know that somewhere, where it's darker, one can see a meteor shower.

A blessed and joyous Solstice to you and Tilly and all your family, Terri!

"Each day is a journey. We come out of the night into the day. All creativity awakens at this primal threshold where light and darkness test and bless each other. You only discover the balance in your life when you learn to trust the flow of this ancient rhythm."

I do believe this about my own creative process & my life choices. I can only hope that it's also true about this dark time in the US.

For now, I choose to turn to the magic of nature and nurture my soul.
All blessings your way!

Solstice blessings to you Terri and Tilly and your family from the golden shores of summer, down here at the end of the world. I hope winter brings you warmth and comfort, peace and joy.

Terri

Thank you for your posts. I look forward to the beautiful art, ideas, music and prose. Your generosity comes thru and it is much appreciated.

Dawn Ogden

Wondrous Winterthings, to one and all!

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