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 Solstice.

Welcome Capricorn the Goat!

Is it light out yet?

Capricorn the Goat

Painting by Lea Kelley

~ by leakelley on December 21, 2010.

5 Responses to “Thank You for “Solstice””

  1. Your painting is a huge exclamation point!
    … couldn’t grasp the right words…
    Thank you for sharing some enlightenment.

  2. You know, I was just thinking today how grateful I am that today begins the days where each day is slightly *longer* than the last! This is the half of the year on the upswing.
    Beautiful artwork Lea!

  3. oh, our tiny tiny world with all our mythology to answer why the sun does what it does…. and through all of it, even though we are but small infinitesimal specks of cyber dust, we laugh. how cool is that for a behavior? i wonder what darwin thought about developing the skill of laughing as a survival instinct? what a wonderful accident we all are…

  4. oh! and i love you.

  5. Beautiful painting, I love the blacks in there.
    And great words to accompany the painting.

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