Today is the winter solstice, a day when the North Pole is tipped as far away from the sun as it can be and the sun shines down on the Tropic of Capricorn. The official solstice is at 10.23 tonight with a full moon know as the Cold Moon following tomorrow. 🌕
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere it marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Many ancient cultures marked and celebrated this day also known as Yuletide. 🌲
Although it’s easy to see this day as gloomy and dark, it should be considered a joyous day, a day that signifies the moment we turn towards spring and lighter days. 🌞
It is a day of death and rebirth. Some believed it was a day when dark spirits roamed the earth. We light candles to welcome back the sun into our days and keep away dark spirits. 🕯The colours red, green and gold were traditionally used to celebrate this time of rebirth ❤️💚💛. Evergreen, holly and mistletoe would also have been used to symbolise everlasting life. In fact so many traditions we think of as Christmas are actually old pagan traditions.🎇
I’m learning to have a healthy respect for this time of year despite never really loving winter, I appreciate as well as party season it can also be a time to be slow, rest, nourish and firelight with friends and family. And taking vitamin D obvs! Merry winter solstice all!
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