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If my external environment matched my inner one, I would be sitting in a not-so-comfortable armchair in a 19th century Victorian house in dire need of repair. Looking through the open french doors, I would see this misty, dreary landscape of barren trees; old trees with strong, gnarled branches that almost call to you, “Come, come throw the rope over me…”One of my all-time favorite songs, though one needs the music to achieve the proper effect:

Long, Misty Days by Robin Trower (hear it!)

Long misty days
Torment they who would change their ways
Once in a while will come my way

The thrill is gone
Misty days linger on and on
Once in a while is here to stay

We feed this fire
Lovers in a nursery rhyme
The words belong to you
And the melody was mine

Long misty days
Torment in a million ways
Once in a while will come my way

Oh harbour moon
Shining in a lonely room
Weeping willow cry for me

Sing me a song
Simple as the day is long
Our hearts are crying to be free

And take the sky
And tell me if the moon is blue
And if it’s meant to be
That my melody was you

Long misty days
Torment in a million ways
Once in a while will come my way

Long misty days
Torment they who would change their ways
Once in a while is here to stay

For a variety of reasons, I’m not into the holidays this year (again). So, I started wondering if I should try something different. Something that means more to me than the canned pop culture xmas thing I knew growing up. This year, I’m celebrating the winter solstice.

The solstice is the time of the death of the old sun and the birth of the dark-half of the year. It was called “Alban Arthuan by the ancient Druids. It is the end of month of the Elder Tree and the start of the month of the Birch. The three days before Yule is a magical time. This is the time of the Serpent Days or transformation…The Elder and Birch stand at the entrance to Annwn or Celtic underworld where all life was formed. Like several other myths they guard the entrance to the underworld. This is the time the Sun God journey’s thru the underworld to learn the secrets of death and life. And bring out those souls to be reincarnated.1

In 2007 ce, the solstice, “Mean Geimredh”, in Irish, occurs December 22nd at 6:09 am GMT. I know it’s hip to use UT now, but others in the universe might think it provincial and a touch arrogant – solar-centric, even. Maybe I’ll get up and watch the souls coming out of the underworld. Since it’s a Saturday, they shouldn’t hit much traffic on the Garden State Parkway… ;->

1. Celli Laughing Coyote, “Yule – Winter Solstice: The longest night of the year