And here we are again, coming to the close of a six-month slide into darkness, culminating in the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and one that signifies the return of the coveted light of the sun. It will be another six-month trip back around until we get to the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, spring, summer, fall, winter, and on into infinity, or at least what infinity feels like to humans who only have a hundred years, give or take, to watch it unfold.
The fall season of the harvest gives way to a winter of introspection. Covid has driven us away from each other this year, but rather than curse our luck, let’s use the time to go within, analyze our lives and see where our spiritual health lies. What is working? What brings us joy? While the earth sleeps under a blanket of snow, we count our blessings, joys, and sorrows, and give thanks for that which sustains us, polishing up those parts we still adore and Marie Kondo-ing the rest.
If Covid-19 has taught me anything, it’s that I just don’t need the superfluous anymore.
You can get a little celestial help from Jupiter and Saturn. They’ll be visible in the night sky on the winter solstice, forming a great conjunction as scientists call it, a possible explanation for the Star of Bethlehem. While Jupiter passes Saturn about every 20 years or so, the last time these two planets had such a close encounter was almost 400 years ago, and the last time the conjunction appeared in the night sky was in 1226 during the Middle Ages!
Could this conjunction be the Star of Bethlehem? NASA scientist Henry Throop says it’s possible there was a conjunction like this during the 6th or 7th century, but thinks said Star could also be attributed to comets, novas, supernovas and planets aligning with other stars in our solar system.
Maybe we’ll never know, but I prefer to look at such a momentous alignment as an auspicious beginning, one where men (used in the generic sense) are led from darkness into the light, much like the Medieval times led to the Renaissance.
Let us use this time of introspection, peace, and solitude to set our finest intentions for the coming decade(s).
The stars are aligning. A Great Conjunction is upon us. Darkness falls away and light returns. Decide who it is you want to be and bring the best of you forward into the new light.
If not now, when?
Happy Winter Solstice.
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