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“