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Winter Solstice, June 2014
~ Summer Solstice in Northern Hemisphere ~

Rainbows over Seattle

Rainbows Over Seattle

Photo by Mike Read
who sent it to me back in 2006

Vines
"I see the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain,
that Life shall endless be!"

G.Matheson


Rainbow

A dear friend asked me this week if there would be a Winter Solstice page this year.

The following day a much loved & respected elder of our community died.

So it seems appropriate that, at the season when we celebrate in our various ways the death & re-birth of the Southern Solar Year, we think about death, grief, despair, & hope. Elsewhere on this site are pages about Death & Dying ~ Grief ~ Love, ~ Funerals and ~ Healing.

It is natural, healthy, and right to grieve when someone dies.
But though we feel poorer for our loss, we are in fact so much richer for their having lived,
and this is what nothing can alter or take from us.

Death is necessary,
and not only makes way for new life, but literally provides the materials
from which this new life is constructed & emerges.
Whatever our belief system, it is a fact that we are made of and by the stars;
in the course of cosmological time, it is to the stars we will return.

Vines
And to larger issues, which were dear to the heart of the friend we have lost, consider these words, written many years ago now, by Joanna Macey, in her original book, Despairwork:

......our culture makes it hard to get in touch with the genuine dimensions of our despair, and until we do, our power of creative response to planetary crisis will be crippled. Until we can grieve for our planet and its future inhabitants we cannot fully feel or enact our love for them.

....................The first stop in despair-work is to disabuse oneself of the notion that grief for our world is morbid. To experience anguish and anxiety in the face of the perils threatening humanity is a healthy reaction. Living tissue is sensitive. This pain, far from being crazy, is rather a testimony to the unity of life, the deep inter-connections that relate us to all beings.
Such pain for the world becomes masochistic only when one assumes personal guilt for its plight or personal responsibility for its solution. No individual is that powerful."
(I find it interesting that the only "sins" Dame Julian of Norwich, in her Revelations of Divine Love, mentions by name are impatience and Despair)


Rainbow

Here are links to some of my previous Winter Solstice pages.

June Solstice 2000
June Solstice 2002
June Solstice 2004
June Solstice 2010
June Solstice 2011
June Solstice 2013

By using your backspace key to return here, you've saved me an awful lot of work - thankyou!



Winter blessings, Summer vitality

Why observe and celebrate the interactions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun?

The Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts of most human belief systems originated in our observations of this Cosmic Dance and it's effects.
Everything is affected by the changing seasons and the rhythm of the tides.
Why not commit yourself to celebrating in tune with these natural rhythms?
You will benefit physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and it will help you to truly re-earth.

For those who dismiss such practices are mere superstition, consider that:

"We cannot know more than a fraction of what exists. We will always be a minor part of the information system"
Methods of Design - 3.10.3

and that: "Nothing we can observe is regular, partly because we ourselves are imperfect observers.
We tell fortunes, (or lose them) on the writhing of entrails, or cathode ray graphics;
on the scatters of dice or bones, or on arrays of measures.
Are the readings of tea-leaves any less reliable than the projections of pollsters?"
Pattern Understanding - 4.1
from "Permaculture - A Designer's Manual" by Bill Mollison

GLENYS LIVINGSTONE'S PAGAIAN MUSINGS for the current season.

Seasons and Calendars
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