It won’t be long before the Earth is tinged with color in the snowy land where I live. In these cold dark days, it helps to remember Nature is preparing for a new season. Through the winter, the oak stores the knowledge needed to make a massive tree in a tiny acorn. Soon it will quicken and sprout. The doe became pregnant in the fall and her body nurtures the growing fawn. The bluebirds traveled south for winter or took shelter in the forest here. I’ll see them in March. Monarchs wait in their winter home in Mexico for light and new growth to guide their way north and be here in June. Until the earth warms, we’ll feed the solstice fire.
From the acorn to the mighty oak…
From the fawn to the deer
From fragile eggs to bluebirds
From the caterpillar to butterfly
Welcoming the new cycle with a Solstice Fire at my son’s home with family and friends.
Blessed Solstice, Gentle Renewal, and a Peaceful New Year to you and all beings on this Earth.
What do you hope for this year? What do you long to have birthed in you and in our world? For a beautiful Solstice and Christmas story see A Husbandman’s Christmas. For an essay about creating rituals throughout the year, see Twelve Rituals That Marked My Way.