Sunday, December 21, 2014
Winter Solstice: The Darkest Night
“Cycles and Seasons”
By Toni Truesdale
The recurrence of the seasons continue to encircle our lives,
Just as it gave celebrations to our ancestors.
Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice,
Fall Equinox, and Winter Solstice
Mark those passages in a yearly cycle all over the world.
We have learned to plant food and medicines
According to the agricultural calendar.
We dance in a circle to celebrate the planting,
Harvesting, and the storing of food.
Buildings, monuments, and spiritual spaces have been built
To align with the celestial movements that determine
The four seasons at the point of each transition.
That moment of blindness,
We turn into radiance.
It is the point of transition;
From fear into hope,
And Despair into faith.
And when helplessness evolves into courage,
Inaction into resolve…
We heal from old wounds,
And become whole again…
We light the candles on the Tree of Life
As we turn from the darkest night;
To help illuminate the world.
T.Truesdale copyright 2006