Winter Solstice on December 21st is the perfect time to light a candle and meditate on the mystery of darkness. Solstice means sun standing still and the sun does stay motionless for a few days. This is the longest night of the year and the reflective moon shines...
Candlemas falls on February 2nd and is traditionally the dawn of the year, the time of new beginnings. As we approach Candlemas, in the last weeks of January, we find the evening light lingers longer and we begin to feel a sense that spring is not far off.
January is named after the Roman God Janus who is shown facing two ways and this is very much the feeling of January – looking back to what has gone before and looking forward to the New Year that lies ahead.
Advent offers four Sundays in preparation and waiting for the festival of Light, beginning on the fourth Sunday before the Solstice/Christmas festival. These four weeks of Advent are very much what December is about.
Of all the months of the year, November feels like a threshold. What was the harvest in our life this year - what went well, what didn’t grow well and what seeds can we imagine planting next year?