Scintillating Solstice skies
Updated: Dec 23, 2020
Living in the northern hemisphere and some distance from the equator I am ever aware of the wheel of the year. Sometimes I can long for the tropical heat of my parental homeland but I have become increasingly in tune with the seasons. With the only constant being change, the seasons embrace us with this knowledge. Each season has its beauty. This one the often chilly crisp air lighting the sky with an array of hues.
The Winter Solstice has just passed and was extra special this year as the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurred on the same day. This has not happened for 800 years so will there be even bigger changes? One thing that everyone would welcome is a change from the impacts of the Corona Virus. Could this be the time for greater changes in the way that humans are in relationship with our home the Earth?
What did our ancestors do at the Solstice?
I was fascinated visiting New Grange burial chamber in Ireland to learn that it lights up on the Solstice, to me making a connection between death and life. This year there's no opportunity to travel there, but I was able to visit local moors and see this wonderful Solstice sunset over a cairn-an ancient burial mound and for a while contemplate how our ancestors were in much more connection with the Earth.
We may have been restricted from seeing one another, but mostly if mobile we have had the opportunity to connect more with the natural world by walking in the countryside and tending gardens for those fortunate to have one. This, I think, has been a positive change as nature has much to teach us, such as the importance of biodiversity and how as humans we need to invite and embrace difference for health's sake. I invite you this Solstice just to take a moment to simply look at the great paintings in the sky, and admire the art of nature. Take time at this darkest time of year to go within, take stock of the gifts of life and set intentions to find more joy & peace in harmony with our collective home.