The Soul of Winter

The winter solstice is a celebration of the shortest day and longest night of the year. But what exactly happens in the sky?

As the northern hemisphere experiences its darkest time, we celebrate rebirth. It marks the shortest day and longest night of the year - which, coincidentally, also means it's Christmas Eve! 

On December 21st or 22nd, the sun will appear stationary at its lowest point in the sky during that time of year because Earth’s axis has tilted 23.5 degrees away from our star over millennia, so our planet takes longer to reach its furthest point north or south than any other during a yearly orbit around the sun.

The word itself, "solstice," comes from "solstitium," Latin for “sun standing still." In ancient times, people believed that during this period there was a prolonged battle between light and darkness in which light would ultimately prevail because it symbolized life. 

On December 22nd, when daylight starts to increase again, we were reminded that good will always overcome evil and life prevails over death!