The last few days I’ve been contemplating how I might embrace these increasingly short, dark days of December. While making an online search for winter solstice art,” I found a bit of artistic inspiration in this December 2012 item from The Guardian titled Winter Solstice Art: The Dark Night Rises.
“The solstice: the shortest day, the longest night. A deeply holy time long before Christianity, when the rich neolithic settlers of Orkney left their stone houses to witness the midwinter sun strike the chamber deep in the mound of Maeshowe. But is the solstice only about longing for light? Is it not also about enjoying the deepest dark?
As many artists have known, darkness is a potent marvel. “
Now, one week from the winter solstice, I sit in my Boston living room enjoying the muted 9 am daylight and a cup of coffee. My intention until then: find more ways to embrace and appreciate the darkness of the season.