Winter Solstice For Those On the Southern Hemisphere: Alban Arthan. Poem, Liturgy And Video

Southern Hemisphere Solstice: You know where I’m locally. I’m in the northern hemisphere. What about my Southern Hemisphere friends and family, tribes and others who are near to the solstice? The winter solstice is a couple of days ahead, for them.

Here is a ‘review’ for one of my poems made a few years ago, and I add to them here, that those who might like a poem or liturgy as winter is upon them – winter solstice here, called Alban Arthan (by the Welsh, and it means ‘Light of Winter).

The:

– poem or liturgy follows, and the

– video by friends at Seattle Unity Church links after it.

Poem: Winter Solstice / Alban Arthan: Light of the Winter

Winter solstice approaches.

The day is over, and night comes early.
Orion is higher in the sky now,
and imaginations are unshackled.
Above us the gods of yesteryear move across the heavens.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

The silvery December moon rises
and the face that smiled upon the Birth,
of yesteryear, also smiles on us.
Above us Rhiannon advances.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

Wise ones seek the Truth,
and beings of light, lit their Way.
Angels? Fae? The Watchers? Elementals, The Others?
And, about us unnamed, invisible Companions guide us still.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

We dance together in the dark,
as the Circle turns, and yet
we dance joyfully and with purpose.
We celebrate the season, that is.
And, around us, in the darkness
we ‘see’ the Friend at work.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

And yet in the darkness,
there shines a Light.
And, in remembrance, we light this festive candle
to the Sun of Righteousness.
And, we declare to all, near and far;
peace and hope, light and love
be to you and yours.
Now, and forever more.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

Winter solstice approaches.

Video: My friends at Seattle Unity Church read the poem as part of their Christmas celebration last year, and if you want to hear it read (extremely well by Scott, starting some forty seconds into the video link) – highly recommended – please click here.

Meanwhile: The blessings of this awesome season be to you and yours, Tadhg.