We are up and about, acknowledging the import of the day. Tomorrow night we will join with friends and neighbors to honor the Ancestors and Grandfather Fire; this is always a highlight in our year. The winter solstice marks New Year on our calendar, as the sun begins his return with the promise of warmth and renewal.
At this time of year those conflicts in my blood between my Ancestors from the British Isles and those of Native descent are lessened as all turn towards the sun, low on the southern horizon, and long for a world of peace and abundance for all beings. For a few days my genes remember that all of our people were tribal, living close to the land, sea, and elements, and honoring the ancestors. For just a moment, it is as though they recognize they are more alike than different and can honor the deeper truth of Indigenous knowledge, and the sad truth of genocide and loss.
So let us light the fires of remembrance and gratitude, whether we live in the northern hemisphere or the southern (for it is the solstice!), and join our hearts and minds to honor those who gave us our lives, and the spirits of place and land that have witnessed the history of our families across unknown generations. May we embrace this moment of radiant darkness and renew our determination to care for all beings in all forms, and to create a future where all may live and thrive in peace.