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Feeling a touch nostalgic, I decided to share some of the magic of Midwinter with you from previous years.

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The silvery light of a midwinter sun captures a sense of magic indoors.

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We are all deeply affected by light and respond in varying ways to it, though mostly it makes us feel happier and more positive about life.

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The light of both the sun and moon proved so important for our ancestors that they integrated all aspects of both into their spiritual lives.

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Somewhere in the depths of Winter was born a sense of the light returning and the cycle beginning once more. Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

At midwinter, the sun appears to stand still, for three days, before rising on its ascent back up into the southern sky. Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

The light changes. Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Shadows grow shorter. Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture

Our bodies and minds ascent with the sun towards Midsummer, filled with joy and optimism.

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Much of humankind has forgotten the importance of observing the heavens and being mindful of our connection to them.

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The star that flashes red and green, (I was told was Arcturus), has moved from its midsummer position above Kilronan Mountain to the north, to one high in the south eastern night sky.

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I have come to be more aware of the night sky over recent years…

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As we continue on the descent towards Midwinter, with clear, cold night skies, this can be a good time to look to the heavens.


Midwinter will pass soon enough and the cycle will begin once more.

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The darkness will lift.


Days will lengthen.

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And life emerge anew!


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  1. i always wish for snow. is that bad? it might have something to do with being a december baby.
    thank you for sharing these gorgeous images of mid-winters past. i have never heard of arcturus i shall look out for him/her, i’ve noticed those red/green flashes in the starry sky before and thought i’d imagined it. have you seen the star that flashes violet and blue? i must try to find the name of that one too.
    isn’t it wonderful when the frost comes and the sky has all those lovely pastel tints, chilly, but so beautiful. it really is a magical time of year, particularly when you look up 🙂

    colette, this is cicely, i haven’t been along in a while, it’s great to see you again. your blog is my absolute favourite.

  2. Hi Collette…smile….Thank you as always! I am definitely a ‘hot’ person! grin…beautiful to behold…soft blues and stars…Cold is bbbrrrrrrrr….fire eating is my thing! 😉 Take care xxx

  3. Hi, Collette; this was a wonderful blog, but maybe somewhat premature? We’re still in late Autumn and won’t be in mid-winter until early February. Sure enough, the shortest day of the year is approaching quickly, but it’s in very early winter. The coldest days don’t appear until well after the shortest day (mid-January).

    Still, the blog made me think about the natural cycles, and that can’t be bad! Keep up the wonderful work!

    • Midwinter falls on the 21st of December, true to the ancient Celtic calendar I follow. This date is also set by the heavens, as opposed to the Christian church, in particular the Julian Calendar. Humankind cannot compete with the Cosmos, no matter how important they may feel to be. As a gardener I am in compliance with the Heavens. 🙂
      Blessings XXX

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