The Spirit Of Winter

The Spirit of Winter

Even if you live in an area where Winter doesn't extend its'
coldest touch, we all experience, even if at opposite times of the year, as 
in the polar differences, a seasonal change connected to the Winter Solstice.

During this time, typically in our long cultural histories, we would pray 
to the Sun for His return, just in case the long, cold, dark winter nights 
might decide to stay.

Winter Solstice is now, by our current calendar, o n December 21, and it is 
the shortest day of the year and also, the pivotal point at which Night has 
its' greatest influence and when the Sun begins His long, slow journey 
back into power.

This eve and night therefore caused early humans to - after they'd 
discovered their own tiny light and heat sources like little, individual suns, 
fire - create Holiday rituals around candles and torches and bonfires, 
celebrating the Light.

During the darkest and cold season of Winter, people were always in danger of starvation, of illness, and of otherwise not faring well, as in the depression in the far North, where the days are much darker, and the deprivation of light has traditionally caused those Norse countries to rate the highest in suicides per capita.

Valuing the Light has become in recent years, even in the West, associated the Cosmic element of our existence.

Always associated with God, goodness, and life itself, due to its' role 
in our survival and in the growing of plants, it's warming ability, 
and its' brilliance, the concept of the Light is a wonderful way to 
cultivate your spiritual growth, so remember the Cosmic in your Winter Holidays, and relate to those lovely candles (but be careful! Never when you're out of the room!) in a peaceful way - contemplating the good virtues 
of Love, Peace, and Gratitude, and the loyalty of the Sun, who will return! 
- just sit and meditate o n the wonderulness of life and also - 

as the New Year approaches � remember, like in the Christmas Carol - 
all the Holidays of the past, and hold close the o nes who are no longer with 

As a great seasonal devotion, I�ve always spent part of New Year�s 
Eve in quiet repose, thinking o ne by o ne of the things I have enjoyed, the 
people and pets I have lost, perhaps, and the experiences I�ve had during 
the year that is coming to a close, and then, I think of the things I am planning 
and looking forward to, after drinking a toast (of freshly-made juice, as 
Health Mermaid suggests!), to those times that have now gone.

It's the most lovely way to commemorate the turning of the globe and 
the advancing of time, in homage to the past and in anticipation of a bright