The Winter Solstice Quotes, Sayings,Poems,Wishes

Things About the December Solstice - What and When is Winter Solstice


In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth's equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 20 or 21, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices are reversed.





Winter Solstice Quotes In English


“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

                                                                                       – Edith Sitwell,Winter Solstice Quotes





This time of year is held sacred by many modern Pagan and Heathen traditions, and has a rich history in ancient pagan religion.

                                                                                              ― Winter Solstice Quotes





Many modern Pagans, including Wiccans, Witches, several Druidic traditions, and their many off-shoots hold this time as one of the eight Sabbats/holy days. Usually called Winter Solstice or Yule. It is a time when many of these traditions celebrate the re-birth of the god by the mother goddess.

                                                                                             ―  Winter Solstice Quotes





In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

                                                                                            ―   Winter Solstice Quotes





We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.

                                                                                            ―  Winter Solstice Quotes





I have come to regard November as the older, harder man’s October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer’s death as winter tightens its grip.

                                                                                            ―  Winter Solstice Quotes





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I have never seen snow and do not know what winter means.

                                                                                           ―   Winter Solstice Quotes





The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.

                                                                                          ―    Winter Solstice Quotes





It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

                                                                                         ―   Winter Solstice Quotes





We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.

                                                                                         ―   Winter Solstice Quotes


I think it was lucky that during most of the work on the Odyssey I lived on Homer’s sea in houses that were, in one case, shaken by the impact of the Mediterranean winter storms on the rocks below.

                                                                                        ―   Winter Solstice Quotes





The buyer is entitled to a bargain. The seller is entitled to a profit. So there is a fine margin in between where the price is right. I have found this to be true to this day whether dealing in paper hats, winter underwear or hotels.

                                                                                 ―   Winter Solstice Poems





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“Beyond the pain, life continues to be sweet. The basics are still there. Beauty, food and friendship, reservoirs of love and understanding. Later, possibly not yet, you are going to need others who will encourage you to make new beginnings. Welcome them. They will help you move on, to cherish happy memories and confront the painful ones with more than bitterness and anger.”

                                                                      ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“And the wicked thing is, that when we're really upset, we always take it out on the people who are closest and whom we love the most.”

                                                                     ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“Life is so extraordinary. Wonderful surprises are just around the most unexpected corners.”

                                                                     ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“Not his real name, darling, but my own name for him. I never thought it could be like this. I never thought one could be so close, and yet so different to a single human being. He is everything I've never been, and yet I love him more than any person or anything I've ever known.”

                                                                      ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“It was better not to get too close to another person. The closer you got, the more likely you were to get hurt.”

                                                                     ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





I rolled the second car that I ever owned, a Toyota 4 Runner. This was winter in Colorado, two weeks before the 2002 Olympic trials. I was driving in the outside lane, and my rear tire caught some black ice, and we totally turned sideways to the point where we were heading right toward the median.

                                                                                        ―  Winter Solstice Quotes





Ireland, in breadth, and for wholesomeness and serenity of climate, far surpasses Britain; for the snow scarcely ever lies there above three days: no man makes hay in the summer for winter’s provision, or builds stables for his beasts of burden… the island abounds in milk and honey.

                                                                                        ―  Winter Solstice Quotes





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There’s something about the Pacific Northwest, the scale of it, and the fact that not so long ago people came here and died getting here, and then died the first winter they were here. There’s this breathtaking beauty, just a little bit of moss on the tree, just this little thread of danger, and the sinister. And I really like that.

                                                                                      ―  Winter Solstice Quotes





Like any traveler, I’m always looking for those experiences that are almost unique to any place, and watching films around Alaska of the skies in winter made me want to taste those unworldly showers of light in person.

                                                                                          ―  Winter Solstice Quotes





“Oscar and I are very close, and yet I know that part of him is still withdrawn, even from me. As though part of him was still in another place. Another country. Journeying, perhaps. Or in exile. Across the sea. And I can't be with him, because I haven't got the right sort of passport.”

                                                                ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice


“Life, for both of us, can never be the same as it was, but it can be different; and you have proved to me that it can be good.”

                                                                ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“She had been impulsive all her life, made decisions without thought for the future, and regretted none of them, however dotty. Looking back, all she regretted were the opportunities missed, either because they had come along at the wrong time or because she had been too timid to grasp them.”

                                                                    ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“- Elfrida, are you about to cry?
- I might be.
- Why?
- Relief. ♥”

                               ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“He thought back over the extraordinarily coincidental chain of events that had brought him here, at this particular time, and then left him marooned, so that he had no choice but to stay. With hindsight, it seemed as though it had all been carefully mapped out by fate.”

                                                                 ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“She was totally without artifice. If she had nothing to say, she said nothing. If she spoke, or aired an opinion, it was deliberate, considered, intelligent. She did not seem to know the meaning of small talk, and while others chatted, over meals or an evening drink, she was always attentive, but often silent. Her relationships, however, were deeply affectionate and caring.”

                                                                 ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“As for God, I frankly admit that I find it easier to live with the ageold questions about suffering than with many of the easy or pious explanations offered from time to time. Some of which seem to verge on blasphemy.”

                                                                    ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“She had never allowed herself to be bullied, and was not about to start.”

                                                                    ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“Carrie could not remember how long it was since some other person had cherished her. Had said, 'You look tired.' And, 'How about a little rest?' She had spent too many years being strong, looking after others and their problems...The day progressed, and through her window Carrie watched the weather and was glad she did not have to be out in it. Snow showers came and went; the sky was grey. From time to time she heard the faint keening of wind, whining around the old house. It was all rather cosy. She remembered as a child being ill, and in bed, and the awareness of others getting on with the business of day-to-day life without herself having to participate in any sort of way. Telephones rang, and someone else hurried to answer the call. Footsteps came and went; from behind the closed door, voices called and answered. Doors opened and shut. Towards noon, there came smells of cooking. Onions frying, or perhaps a pot of soup on the boil. The luxuries of self-indulgence, idleness, and total irresponsibility were all things that Carrie had long forgotten.”

                                                                     ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





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“Before Elfrida Phipps left London for good and moved to the country, she made a trip to Battersea Dogs' Home, and returned with a canine companion. It took a good, and heart-rending, half hour of searching, but as soon as she saw him, sitting very close to the bars of his kennel and gazing up at her with dark and melting eyes, she knew he was the one. She did not want a large animal, nor did she relish the idea of a yapping lap dog. This one was exactly the right size. Dog size.”

                                                                     ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“Oh.” Elfrida made much effort not to appear too astonished. She had never seen any person in her life less likely to be a minister’s wife.”

                                                                   ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“One just had to be content with what had happened so far.”

                                                                   ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“What’s this? Bacon and tangerines. We are going to have an orgy.”

                                                                  ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“I feel old and finished. I’m nearly thirty now.”

                                                                   ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“All the estate houses were the same design. Two up and two down. Originally. Little kitchens and bathrooms were added on after the war.”

                                                                    ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“Go and be happy.”

                                   ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice




“cuckold. I am a cuckold. I have been cuckolded.”

                                                                        ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“The only way to make disasters bearable is to laugh about them.”

                                                                        ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“eight o’clock in”

                            ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“spoke. “How extraordinary. It’s”

                                                  ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“I know we didn’t have very long together, but what we did have was special. Not many people achieve such happiness, even for a year or two.”

                                                                     ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“Blimey, it’s parky.”

                                     ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“Elfrida’s vision of an old folks’ home was a little fuzzy, on account of her never having been in one.”

                                                                 ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice


“I’ll probably just stay in Inverness until the orgies of hogmanay”

                                                                  ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice





“It's all so sweet. Needing each other and finding each other.”

                                                                   ― Rosamunde Pilcher, Winter Solstice




Winter Solstice Poems, Poetry In English


Black Can Be Beautiful

O God, black can be beautiful!
Let us be aware of black blessings:
Blessed be the black night that nurtures dreams.
Blessed be the black hole out of which creation sprang.
Blessed be the black cave of imagination that births creativity.
Blessed be dark wombs that cradle us.
Blessed be black loam that produces nourishing food for our bodies.
Blessed be black jazz that nourishes our souls.
Blessed be black energy that swirls into gracefulness.
Blessed be black coal that heats us.
Blessed be black boiling clouds hurling down lightning and cleansing rain.
Blessed be even our own darkness, our raw, undeveloped cave of shadows.
O God, help us to befriend black and not deny its power.
Help us not to cover over the dark with fear but to open to it with your grace and to be open to your life within the dark.
May we discover the blessings that lie deep within our holy dark so that we may freely affirm that
Black is beautiful indeed!




Winter's Cloak

This year I do not want
the dark to leave me.
I need its wrap
of silent stillness,
its cloak
of long lasting embrace.
Too much light
has pulled me away
from the chamber
of gestation.

Let the dawns
come late,
let the sunsets
arrive early,
let the evenings
extend themselves
while I lean into
the abyss of my being.

Let me lie in the cave
of my soul,
for too much light
blinds me,
steals the source
of revelation.

Let me seek solace
in the empty places
of winter's passage,
those vast dark nights
that never fail to shelter me.




A Winter Solstice Prayer

The dark shadow of space leans over us. . . . .
We are mindful that the darkness of greed, exploitation, and hatred
also lengthens its shadow over our small planet Earth.
As our ancestors feared death and evil and all the dark powers of winter,
we fear that the darkness of war, discrimination, and selfishness
may doom us and our planet to an eternal winter.

May we find hope in the lights we have kindled on this sacred night,
hope in one another and in all who form the web-work of peace and justice
that spans the world.

In the heart of every person on this Earth
burns the spark of luminous goodness;
in no heart is there total darkness.
May we who have celebrated this winter solstice,
by our lives and service, by our prayers and love,
call forth from one another the light and the love
that is hidden in every heart.
Amen.


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