I just watched the sun set to the west, wrapped in it’s warm orange glow, as the full moon rose in the east, cool and blue. A few crows sitting on phone lines kept me company, hoping that I would throw them some peanuts, as I’ve been known to do.
It’s the Winter Solstice, here, in the northern hemisphere. This will be the longest night of the year. Metaphorically speaking, darkness has conquered light and death has conquered life. It is the evening of the Dark Night of the Soul. Death, decay and impermanence are to be reckoned with this evening.
Well, maybe not. Perhaps the best idea is to have a party instead.
Our ancestors would have been looking forward to the coming of this day. Rituals, spells, magic rites and incantations would have been performed followed by feasts, bonfires, drinking and lots of hanky-panky. They did this to keep the darkness at bay and to coax the sun to return and renew life. The biggest party on earth would have happened in Stonehenge this evening some 5,000 years ago.
This is the only song I know that celebrates the Winter Solstice. Mr. Anderson and his band show the proper spirit of celebration I do believe.
For those in the Southern Hemisphere, Mr. Plant has you covered with a nice ditty.
We hosted a nice solstice celebration today, shamans and bonfires : O