Happy Solstice!

Brightest blessings to everyone on this night when the sun begins its certain return!  Tonight for the first time since 1638, there was also a total lunar eclipse on the day of the solstice, casting the earth in a ruddy glow.  Although perhaps frightening at first, the red hue of the moon proves to be a result of a moment of utter romance.

As explained by NASA, “Imagine yourself standing on a dusty lunar plain looking up at the sky. Overhead hangs Earth, nightside down, completely hiding the sun behind it. The eclipse is underway. You might expect Earth seen in this way to be utterly dark, but it’s not. The rim of the planet is on fire! As you scan your eye around Earth’s circumference, you’re seeing every sunrise and every sunset in the world, all of them, all at once. This incredible light beams into the heart of Earth’s shadow, filling it with a coppery glow and transforming the Moon into a great red orb.”

In this season we can in earnest deck the halls and light the dark with candles and ribbons, wrap gifts in brightly colored paper, and prepare sumptuous spreads of edible goodies for our loved ones.  Enjoy and share the warmth of kindness, and find pleasure in the promise of good things to come.