Winter Solstice 2020: The Great Conjunction

“I celebrate the spirit of Christmas. It’s the winter solstice celebration, rebirth and new possibilities.”

2020 has been a year most of us will not soon forget. Why should the Winter Solstice be any different? Here in the PNW, it’s been a dark afternoon with downpours and the threats of flooding along with landslides. (For the briefest moments this was going to come as snow at our house.) Globally, the junction of Jupiter and Saturn is about to take place. This is often referred to as the “Christmas Star”. The planets pass each other about every twenty years. Every 400 years the plants are this close to each other, and every 800 years this all happens at night. Did you doubt the planets have aligned to make this Winter Solstice 2020 one not to forget? You can read more here.

Winter Solstice celebrations can be traced back to Stonehenge times. No doubt how the solstice is honored has changed over the years. We’ve been trying to incorporate new forms of light into our lives. As 2020 comes to a close, honoring the renewal of light and nature feels very fitting. The British Hubby and I decided to make our own yule log to honor this special year. We started with items we could find in our own backyard. With a few supplies from the craft store and our hot glue gun, we had a festive yule log in no time. One we’ll be able to use for several years to come. Can you spot the additions earlier yule logs would not have included?

SkeinHerder’s Songs: Today I’ve been mostly listening to Winter Journey by Scott Davis. It features a solo piano that is very fitting for this time of year.

Maybe you’re trying to add in more nature or natural light into your life. Or maybe you’re celebrating with a yule cake. The British Hubby was slightly disappointed we didn’t find a keto yule cake recipe in time. I see that in our 2021 Winter Solstice celebration. However you observe the changing seasons, I hope this finds you well.

Turns out we did get some special Winter Solstice snowflakes after all.

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