day zero: sun stand still
TOPICAL: this is part of The Cycle of the Seasons series
Today is the traditional day of the Winter Solstice in my area of the world. December 21st, every year, time after time, always the same.
I track sunrise and sunset times and first light and last light times, every day that I’m journaling — which is most days, I’m happy to say. When our planet experiences a solstice, time seems to pause. The length of the daylight, down to the minute, has been the same for several days.
Today we give small gifts to our household. We are going to eat pizza together. We are double checking what is needful over the next twelve days. We are in a time of darkness but also a time when the promise of the light returning is deeply meaningful.
We cling to each other and we cling to the light.
May the light warm each of you today.
Our days traditionally begin at sunset. The darkness is all around us but we are safe here together inside these walls that we have fortified with love and with sacrifice.