An Endless Cycle

A poem for the Solstice

Mishima (1840-42)
Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Cold Moons of Winter

(The moons of December, January
and February were once known by our
forebears respectively as Long Night or
Cold Moon, Wolf or Storm Moon, and Snow Moon)

Cold moons of winter
The wolf and the storm
Ice crystals splinter
The long night is born
Grey shadows lope
Over the snow
Yet still there is hope
Though fires burn low.

Pete Crowther – 2006

On this day in 1883: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, the first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, are formed.

The Time for Home

Winter Solstice

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The Spaces Between
Catherine Hyde

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December 21, 2017
Charlottetown, PEI

Sunrise – 0753 AST
Solstice – 1227 AST
Sunset – 1629 AST

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Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. – Edith Sitwell

My wish for all my friends and family is that they have all these things, this and every  winter of their lives.

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On this day in 1937: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world’s first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.

Mercoledi Musicale

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In times long past those before us
Cold and fearful for their survival
Watched the winter skies
For a sign of the return of the Sun.

Each winter we are still reminded
that even in the darkest times,
Hope is waiting to be reborn
Both in and around each one of us.

 

 

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On this day in 1937:Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world’s first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.

The Spirit of Solstice

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The Winter Solstice tradition of the Yule Log in Latvia – symbolic of the twofold effort to combat the power of darkness and to turn once again toward the light.

As the sun – what little of it has been visible – sets today we begin the longest night of the year.  The long wait for the reassuring sight of the returning Sun was once the major feast of the Yuletide in many Northern Cultures.  The night was spent in dances and reveals before a burning Yule log or bonfire – often the belief was that the noise would keep the earth from falling asleep forever.  But common to any Solstice celebration was the rebirth of the Sun – the giver of light and life.

 

A Fire is burning
The long night draws near
All who need comfort
Are welcome by here
We’ll dance ‘neath the stars
And toast the past year
For the spirit of solstice
Is still living here

We’ll count all our blessings
While the mother lays down
With the snow as her blanket
Covering the ground
Thanks to the mother
For the life that she bring
She’ll waken to warm us
Again in the spring

The poor and the hungry
The sick and the lost
These are our children
No matter the cost
Come by the fire
The harvest to share
For the spirit of solstice
Is still living here

A Fire is burning
The long night draws near
All who need comfort
Are welcome by here
We’ll dance ‘neath the stars
And toast the past year
For the spirit of solstice
Is still living here

The spirit of solstice
Is still living here

by the Wyrd Sisters

To all my friends who are celebrating Yule tonight, no make that all my friends, I wish you peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness with the rebirth of the Sun.

On this day in 1913: Arthur Wynne‘s “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.