by M.C. Kauffman
Photograph by Carl Thompson
December 22, 2004
Ketchikan, Alaska - With the rising of the sun Tuesday morning,
the shortest day of the year had arrived bringing with it the
first official day of winter and the longest night of the year.
To the ancients, on midwinter's day it appeared as if the Sun
and Moon stopped in their flight across the sky.
On this day, better known as the Winter Solstice, the Sun is
its farthest south and it is the turning point of the year. The
sun now begins anew its journey toward longer days, times of
new growth and renewal of the world once again. The Romans called
it Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, the Birthday of the Unconquered
In a spiritual sense, the Winter
Solstice is a reminder that in order for a new path to begin,
the old one must end and that spring will come again.
Carl Thompson ©2004
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