It’s the Winter Solstice-Lie down with a Druid tonight!
Today is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Well, it’s still twenty-four hours long but the sun is visible for the shortest period of time making it the shortest “day” measured by actual daylight.
It’s commonly referred to as the first day of winter but I always liked to consider it the last day of winter. Of course the coldest, snowiest part of the season is yet to come but regarding the sunlight, this is the nadir. The “days” begin to get longer from here on out; that’s a terrific place to mark the end of the decline and dormancy and signify the start of the rebirth and growth. So I would tell my friends this is really the first day of spring, at least for me, psychologically. You can correctly infer I was regularly teased and mocked as a youngster. I can tell you, that tradition continues.
Many, many cultures around the globe cultivated rituals to celebrate this day.
Bertram probably has this print on the west wall of a pagoda somewhere inside the Cooper Compound.
That’s Amaterasu Omikami, the Sun goddess, being lured from her cave to return to the Celestial Plain and make the good stuff grow again. The good stuff that eventually will be harvested and packaged and labelled and advertised and sold for a reasonable profit by Bert and his Capitalist Brethren. And so it goes.
Do a little dance. Make a little love. Get down tonight! With a pagan!