“And the seasons, they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return, we can only look
Behind, from where we came
And go round and round and round, in the circle game”
Joni Mitchell, The Circle Game
Winter Solstice has been, for me, an important marker in time. For some people, it’s the calendar new year, January first. But I think the concept and the general appeal of these time markers are the same: They give us the psychological and spiritual opportunity to start over.
Out of the Darkness
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That’s because it has been, for most of us, a very dark time. And we are now, coincident with the solstice, just beginning to come out of the darkness. Finally, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It may be far away, and very tiny, but we can see it at long last. And that’s exactly what we need right now.
A Solstice Poem
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And so, at this special marker in time, I’ll try to throw away the despair, disorganization, and darkness, and focus on that tiny light. I’ll try to move forward, to begin again. I hope you can, too.
This year, there is a rare alignment of Jupiter and Saturn, resulting in what some are calling a “Christmas star.” My dear friends, I wish you a blessed solstice, and all the best for the coming year!