Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Solstice

At 7:04 this morning the sun was as far as it is going to get from the northern hemisphere. To me, that cosmic fact is cause for celebration.

Why? In part because it's nice to mark the return of light. The modern world is Scheduled with a capital S and every once-and-awhile I like to pause and reacquaint myself with the natural rhythm. (Not that I'd truly prefer the ancient world, mind you...I've no interest in being a full-time surf and odds are, that's what I'd be). More interestingly, I think celebrating the balance and cycle of the seasons is a very basic, human thing to do.

Besides, anything primal is good for an erotic writer to observe and experience. I'm fascinated with the things we cannot control, from natural cosmic cycles to those things that regularly feed my writing: the urges, the needs we don't quite understand and are not quite sure how to control. Isn't it when it's darkest that what's hidden feels safe enough to come out and play?

The Roman festival of Saturnalia was celebrated around the winter solstice. A multi-day event, it included merriment and revelry (debauchery!) of all sorts, including the giving of gifts and candles, open banquets and free-for-all gambling. Interestingly, slaves and masters switched positions during this celebration (Hum, do I smell a plot possibility?).

Now, the solstice is more of a almost-Christmas-shopping day. This year in particular I'm determined to mark its passing. When I was much younger, I occasionally attended circles and revels and other celebrations. Tonight, I'm seeking something more simple and quiet. I want to slow down for one evening and truly appreciate the return of light. Chaos and disruption have reigned in my life during the past couple of months. It wouldn't be a bad idea for me to light a fire and reflect on the possibilities the chaos created (even if they weren't necessarily wanted!). While I listen to the crackle of flames, I'm sure I'll have a calm sense of reassurance: there is always a return to warmth and life and order.

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