Winter Solstice 2020

The word solstice comes to us originally from Latin and translates as stopped (or stationary) sun, because to humans watching the bright star that powers life here, it seemed that twice a year at the onset of astronomical winter and summer, our star ceased its travels across the sky, pausing as if to collect itself before continuing its annual journey. Following Old Sol’s example seems a wise course to me, and so at these times of stillness, I also try to pause and collect myself.

As I review my time on this planet to date, I recall moments of great personal hardship as well as times of profound joy. For me, the thread that runs through all of it is the Green World. I cannot remember a time when I lost that connection, and I attribute that tie to any semblance of sanity I retain.

As Sol pauses today to welcome Winter and Summer to their respective earthly hemispheres, I will make my Winter Wish, the same prayer I’ve made for decades. I pray that human hearts everywhere open themselves more fully to Light’s return, welcoming with love every soul they encounter, be it human, fauna, or flora.

I invite you, my readers, to still yourselves today, at least long enough to visualize your Winter Wish. Dream big, my friends; these visions will power our future.

My offering to you this Winter Solstice is a small poem that fell out of my fingers when I prepared this post.

Moon on Dec. 19, 2020


Growing Toward Light

As suffering surrounds us,

as isolation limits us to tenuous electronic connections,

it is easy to believe that Darkness is winning.

I promise you, it is not.

Darkness is not the enemy,

merely the other side of Light.

Inextricably connected,

the dance between them powers everything.

Step outside of yourself.

Walk barefoot on cold ground,

inhale pine-scented, rain-chilled air.

Greet the birds by name.

Caress tight-coiled buds of trees

deep in winter meditation.

Feel the centering stillness,

the slowed rhythms of life.

All dwell in Winter’s Darkness

while growing toward Spring’s Light.

Happy Winter Solstice!

  1. #1 by Joan Brasier on December 21, 2020 - 6:22 am

    Beautiful Catherine… what a joy it is to receive your visions and photographs and hopeful words.

    • #2 by piedmontgardener on December 21, 2020 - 6:42 am

      Thank you, Joan! I wish you and yours a light-filled, happy, healthy new year.

  2. #3 by Kristina on December 21, 2020 - 8:06 am

    Lovely. Happy Solstice to you.

  3. #5 by Donna on December 21, 2020 - 10:32 am

    Thank you this lovely gift. I am looking forward to a day of reflection, gratitude, and promise.

    • #6 by piedmontgardener on December 21, 2020 - 10:39 am

      Happy Solstice, Donna! May your reflections manifest all the beauty you envision.

  4. #7 by Diane Stallings on December 21, 2020 - 11:59 am

    Happy Winter Solstice to you! Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures, thoughts and poem! Spring’s light is coming!

    Love, Diane S.

    Sent from my iPhone


    • #8 by piedmontgardener on December 21, 2020 - 12:09 pm

      Thank you, Diane. I agree, Light is on the way! 🙂

  5. #9 by Deborah Amaral on December 21, 2020 - 12:50 pm

    How beautiful and thank you for sharing your sentiments. As you described that tenuous connection that keeps you sane, which I reread about 3 times, I recognized that once that connection broke for me, and for that short time, I was not sane. It was soon after my son died. I quickly recognized the profoundly awful break that was occuring and crawled back to reconnection with new understanding of the possibility and meaning of that loss. Just wanted to let you know, it’s real, and you captured it well. My husband’s family will be coming over this evening for a socially distanced visit around an outdoor fire, and to view the conjunction, together. ________________________________

    • #10 by piedmontgardener on December 21, 2020 - 1:43 pm

      Welcome, Deborah! I’m so very sorry your son died. Even if it was some time ago, I am certain that is a break that never heals completely. I’m so glad you found your way back to the Green World, and that it provided the connection and comfort you needed.

      Enjoy tonight’s viewing of the Great Conjunction. I’m so glad the weather decided to cooperate with us. Wonder Spouse has his tripod and long lens ready for the evening. If he captures the amazing images I’m expecting, I plan to share a few shots on this blog.

      Happy Solstice to you and yours!

  6. #11 by Sharyn Caudell on December 21, 2020 - 3:23 pm

    Thank you. May this be a turning toward light for all of us.

  7. #13 by Susan on December 22, 2020 - 6:30 am

    You are such a wonderful writer!!! Thank you for sharing. Happy Winter Solstice.

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