Midwinter is when we expect the weather to be cold, cloudy, and about to reach its greatest depths. So the passage of the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, and thereafter is indeed a time of celebration. As we mark the passage of winters darkest gloom we know that for the next six months, days get longer and brighter; bringing the spring growing season and bountiful glory of summer.
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Most Cultures since ancient times have marked this yearly passage with ritual ceremonies and celebrations as we witness these classic Natural moments of death and rebirth that so deeply reflect the essence of our Cultures here on Earth. It doesn’t show at first but in only a few weeks from now the extra day length will become apparent to us. While the Sun’s position in the sky only subtly begins to shift, Nature will already be adjusting to the improving seasonal change.