|Wheel of Time, detail, 1999 Judy Coates Perez|
Tomorrow, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. For the ancient Celts it was a significant holy day because it meant that the sun would begin it’s return, bringing longer days and potential warmth. Because of this, the solstice represents new beginnings and the tradition of making New Years resolutions.
This year there is a very rare lunar eclipse coinciding with the solstice, the last one occurred in 1638. The moon will completely be in shadow at 2:15 am central time, unfortunately here in Chicago it will be snowing, so we won’t get to see it, but knowing it’s happening is pretty cool and maybe it will make the idea of creating new ways of being more meaningful.
I have never been one to make new years resolutions, thinking that I should always strive to be the best self I can be, but maybe this year I will give it some extra thought, concidering my life these days is all about new begnnings.
Happy solstice to you!