Thank You for “Solstice”
Latin definition: solstitium (sol “sun”+ stitium, from sistere “to stand still”).
The Sun “standing still” may be a cause for a bit of anxiety but the solstice is more about the Earth tilting on it’s axis than the sun standing still.
And tilting on my axis gives me a bit of anxiety (even though I should probably be accustomed to tilting on my axis by now).
So there’s the sun, hangin’ out over the Tropic of Capricorn, lookin’ like it’s standing still, while the “darkest night” is ushered in by Capricorn the Goat and abandoned by the Sagittarius Centaur for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.
The darkest (longest) night…More anxiety.
Who can get anything done when the sun goes down at three in the afternoon?
Here, in the Great Northwest, the longest night is a real problem.
I get sleepy when the sun goes down and automatically retire to cozy, indoor mode.
Of course if you are as far north as Alaska, your darkest night is far more of a nuisance.
You folks probably just wait until May to do your laundry and wash your car.
But at least I know the hard part is almost over.
The Sun is returning and all the Gods in ancient history have conquered darkness once again (like they did every year while the agrarians waited with bated breath and seeds to plant in their anxious little palms).
Welcome Capricorn the Goat!
Is it light out yet?
Capricorn the Goat
Painting by Lea Kelley