The Winter solstice is a celebration in which all people of the earth are invited to take part. For thousands upon thousands of years before our modern holidays came about, all inhabitants of earth celebrated the Winter solstice. This joyful occasion takes place twice a year one in the Northern Hemisphere and one in the South Hemisphere. This day has the shortest hours of daylight and the longest night of the year. I hope you enjoy these Winter Solstice Quotes!
End this special once-a-year-day with this prayer by Edward Hays from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim.
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.
Winter Solstice Quotes
“Is there a moment quite as keen or memory so bright
As light and fire and music so sweet
To warm the winter’s night?”
— Adam Christianson
Down in the ground of the human soul
of victory assured
the spirit sun is living.
All through the Winter of the inner life the faithful heart devines it.
— Rudolph Steiner
Old branches ache
the tree stands naked in the storms
frozen bleak and bare
deep underground life lies sleeping
the tree sleeps
and waits for the returning sun
to wake him
from his woody dreams.
— Robert Fisher
Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.
It’s quiet but the roots are down there riotous.
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it disses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” — Lewis Carroll
The gift of light we thankfully take
But not shall it be alone for our sake
The more we give light
The one to the other
It shines and it spreads and it glows still further
Until every spark by friends set aflame
Until every heart with joy to proclaim
In the depths of our souls a shining sun glows.