The signs are everywhere…
Nights drawing in…
Unexpected sunshine on frosted mornings.
The bare beauty of trees silhouetted against clear winter skies.
As Orion strides across the evening sky, we draw closer to the Winter Solstice and the darkest, stillest, nights of the year.
Winter Solstice celebrations begin on the 21st of December, a time of hope and joy for all, regardless of belief or religious observances.
Ancient tribes all over the world observed rituals around Solstice time.
We too can celebrate Winter Solstice, integrating it into our own traditional celebrations.
A chance to step outdoors and observe the night sky.
An opportunity to nurture and develop connections to family and friends.
From this day, there are 22 days to go before the descent into the Midwinter Solstice.
Yes, the coldest days precede the Spring, so January rarely feels like the prelude to that beautiful season!
But, here in the West of Ireland, with Imbolc on the first day of February, the signs are there for all to see, as new life emerges from the frozen earth.
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