This morning I was up earlier than normal and on my drive into work, I was thinking about the lyrics of one of my songs, "Turn the Wheel" and the upcoming Solstice. In particular one phrase of the song was stuck in my head: "a red feathered cardinal lands on a birch, calling for the sun's rebirth". And this is what I saw moments later in the east...
It's probably the brightest Sun dog I have ever witnessed and given the synchronicity of my thoughts about mid-winter and the returning sun, I stopped to enjoy the sight. Sun Dogs don't last long--mainly because so many factors (the sun's angle in the sky, the temperature, precipitation in the air) have to be perfect for one to occur. We tend to see more of them here in the winter on the really cold days and seeing them typically means more cold days to come. (if you are curious today's temperature measured in at -18C or -2F and the next ten days are slated to be a repeat of these ungodly temps). However, it was worth the cold nipping at my fingers as I tried to catch some photographs of the event and take a few moments to enjoy the sight of a beautiful winter sun reminding me that even the cold and dark is part of the cycle. The sun will return. And even on a cold day, inspiration can be found, seeds can be planted, preparations can be made.
Blessed Winter Solstice to all...
Turn the Wheel
Turn the Wheel on Solstice night
Before we lie in slumber too long
Stir now and waken the land from its dream
All is waiting for the dawn
Diamond white snowflakes blanket the ground
grey and white days rule the land
a red feathered cardinal lands on a birch
calling for the sun's rebirth
Soft crunch of footsteps, tracks in the snow
breath that catches in the air
Evergreen whispers to the starry sky
The Oak King will triumph tonight
Frost covered windows like crystallized leaves
twinkling light are hanging high
Yule log is burning all through the night
Keeping the light til dawn