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  • Jolene Roehlkepartain

The Longest, Darkest Night: The Winter Solstice

On December 21, the shortest day and longest night in the Northern Hemisphere welcome the Winter Solstice. For those of us in Minnesota, the sun peeks out at 7:48 am and disappears at 4:34 pm. For those north of the Arctic Circle (parts of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia) the sun never rises on this day.

It’s a quiet day of reflection. Of acknowledging that darkness exists. That we suffer losses. A reminder that our lives are filled with dark and light.

On the Winter Solstice, the earth pauses on its axis. The earth stands still. In the coming days, the earth slowly pivots and shifts direction.

What shift in direction do you need to make in the coming days?

As you change direction, follow the path of the earth. As the earth pivots, the movement is slow and steady. By spring, momentum builds, giving energy to entering the Summer Solstice where we mark the longest day and the shortest night.

How are you pausing during the Winter Solstice? What are you sensing during this time?

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