Happy Solstice! Wishing you a time of deep quietude, serenity and tranquility during this season of dark and light.
“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” – Gary Zukav
We are celebrating the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. Light a candle as we encourage the return of the Sun’s light. This is a time of our own celebration of life. And to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere, wishing you joy and merriment as you celebrate Mid-Summer, the Summer Solstice! The longest day and shortest night when the powers of nature and the fairy magic are at their fullest.
We are still in the midst of the Halcyon Days. Alcyone (Halcyon) one of the Seven Sisters from The Pleiades, a cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus; the ancient Greeks named them the “Seven Sisters”. The Greek, word “pleiades” means “doves”. Of the Seven Sisters, the brightest and largest star is Alcyone (Halcyon) seen sitting on the shoulder of Taurus the Bull in the night sky. Halcyon, meaning peaceful and calm, comes from Greek mythology, where it refers to a bird, commonly associated with the Kingfisher or Halcyon birds as they are also known. Aeolus, her father, the god of the winds that had the power to bring calm to the seas and Zeus allowed good weather so the seas would calm during her nesting time in order to brood her eggs on a floating nest during the Winter Solstice time. In December, the Halcyon days usher in a time of peace, calm and hope.
“Once more the ancient feast returns,
And the bright hearth domestic burns
With Yuletide’s added blaze;
So, too, may all your joys increase
Midst floods of mem’ry, love, and peace,
And dreams of Halcyon days. – Howard Phillips Lovecraft