Winter Solstice and Full Moon Pictoral

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cookinwithherbs susan belsinger, contributor
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Full Cold Moon rising on Winter Solstice. Click on the other pix to enlarge images and read captions.
Gathering around the bonfire.
The yule logs burn bright. 
Moon and fire--we celebrate the solstice--now the days will grow longer.
The garden illuminated.
The winter solstice actually marks a turn in the cycle--it is the death of winter (although it doesnt feel like it!)--spring will follow (and so will our gardens).
Warm hands.
Full Cold Moon rising on Winter Solstice. Click on the other pix to enlarge images and read captions.Click To Enlarge

Full Cold Moon rising on Winter Solstice. Click on the other pix to enlarge images and read captions.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

Last evening I attended a Winter Solstice Celebration at friends' Robin Johnson and Anne Thompson in rural Maryland. They have been holding an annual solstice event for many years and there are many of us who attend the potluck and then go gather around the bonfire. This time of year their garden landscape is a far cry from the summer islands of perennials, shrubs and herbs! The garden trellises are strung with little lights and there are luminaires along the pathway, lighting our way out to the firepit as we crunch along on the frozen earth with snow underfoot.

Although often illuminated by moonlight, this was the first year to have a full moon on the solstice, and some of us actually observed the lunar eclipse earlier in the day. Old and young gather to celebrate the longest night of the year and welcome the days growing longer. We throw cornmeal into the fire, getting rid of old stuff from last year and throw another handful in to set our intent for the new year. There is usually drumming and singing before our feet get so cold that we head back inside. Just thought I'd share a few photos of the full cold moon and the solstice bonfire. Now is the time to turn inward--celebrate the season, relax and enjoy the quietude of winter--spring will be here before you know it!


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Comments (2)

cookinwithherbs writes: hey gert,
so you were clear skies for the eclipse--however i heard you new yorkers were dumped on for christmas. just think that your garden is snug under an insulative layer of snow. :)
happy new year!
susan
Posted: 11:45 pm on January 2nd
gertcoleman writes: We set the alarm to see the eclipse at 2:45 a.m. Happily, the Staten Island skies were clear and the eclipse eerily beautiful. Light streamed in through the skylights. Enjoy the season, all!
Posted: 9:13 pm on December 23rd
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