The weeks and months leading up to this day mark a time of waning light in the Northern Hemisphere — and with the lessening light, our own vitality and sense of hope often wane as well. Our ancestors, knowing this to be the case, took special care to fan their inner flames of vitality during this descent into winter. They intentionally courted the seasons of renewal that they knew lay still ahead.
The winter solstice marks the tipping point in the wheel of the year, when the sun stands still and the days begin to lengthen once more. The solstice heralds a era of burgeoning hope for those whose hearts have grown weary with winter and it truly is a day filled with bright promise.