Posted by: Michelle UluOla | December 20, 2010

Reflections On Winter Solstice

“The trumpet of prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”
~~Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) — “Ode to the West Wind”

With the arrival of Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, here are some reflections on the change of season.

Winter Solstice Sun 2010 ©UluOla

Earth begins her tilt back into the arms of Ol' Sol

The Agreement

As the Earth revolves around the Sun, we travel in an endless circle of Endings and Beginnings: end of Autumn–beginning of Winter; end of the longest nights–beginning of longer days; end of one cycle–beginning of the next. Winter Solstice is a pivotal moment, a touch-point in time: a betwixt and between. ‘Tis the final death knoll of the past growing season while holding the kernel of birth of the new. It heralds the return of the Light that tiptoes imperceptibly toward Spring. It disregards the petty or profound differences of the Earth’s human inhabitants. Instead, it reminds us of our Connections:

That we are bound together by the same seasons,
The same Light,
The same feelings of grief and pain,
The same celebration of joy and peace,
The same yearning for Love in all its forms.
It is a place in Time of Agreement.


Blue Spruce Tree ©UluOla 2010

Blue Spruce tree all decked out for winter

Winter’s Arrival For Gardeners

‘Tis just before Christmas, and the snow’s getting deep;
Voles are a-tunneling, and weeds are asleep.
Perennials are dozing; they’re all nestled in bed,
And gardeners hope mice are otherwise fed!
The tulips and crocus are all biding their time,
Awaiting Ma Nature to give them a sign.
Pine trees are dusted with diamonds of ice,
Creating a scene that’s peaceful and nice.
Chickadees and finches are flitting about,
While nuthatches use their upside-down route.
With blue jays and cardinals, they’re searching for feed:
Suet is welcome — so is sunflower seed.
As the Solstice snows turn the landscape non green,
The season of Winter arrives on the scene.
This may sound depressing, but don’t worry my friend;
For the long night ahead doesn’t signal the end.
The next day gets longer, and the following, too,
And before you know it…Springtime is due!
Curl up in your chair with a quilt and some tea,
And dream over pictures from the seed company,
While the gardener in red is up at the Pole,
Composting deer dung as he readies to roll,
And elves are all working at a most frantic pace
To ensure that St. Nick brings a smile to each face.
They’re packing the sleigh with shovels and gloves,
And all kinds of tools that everyone loves.
Soon Santa will leave on his annual rounds,
Delivering his goodies to cities and towns.
May he bring you a gift tied up with a bow,
Before dashing off with his “Hoe! Hoe! Hoe!”


Holiday Lights with orb 2010 ©UluOla

Orbs dancing over holiday lights

Winter Solstice: It’s All About Light

Twinkling holiday lights reflect
On the newly fallen snows,
Confirming what Mother Nature,
In her wisdom, simply knows.
Change of season is upon us,
As Old Man Winter joins her,
Waltzing across the landscape
To complete Autumn’s transfer.

For one brief moment in time,
The celestial clock hesitates,
Having done so every year,
On these special, touch-point dates.
As December days tick by,
The old year casts its shadow.
We take stock of where we’ve been
And chart where we want to go.

Life’s a cycle of forgetting,
Then remembering once again,
Lessons learned by the ancestors
Of today’s women and men.
Repeating our past mistakes
Brings nothing but pain and grief.
Unless we embrace enlightenment,
There can be no real relief.

Starting our climb out of the darkness,
Stretching upward toward the Light,
Hearts yearning for a fresh beginning:
A New Year that’s healthy and bright.
Celebrating communally
This season’s Returning Sun,
Let us vow to stay connected,
Working together now as One.

Happy Winter Solstice!

******©UluOla 2010******



  1. Hello lovely Michelle, I send you warm thoughts and hugs I too am looking for that elusive part of my TARDIS so I can visit with you. What do you think of our web page?? I value your feed back. 🙂 Much love



    • Greetings Dear Michael! Thank you for your lovely comments. Sigh…yes, TARDIS fixes are so hard to come by, but I hope that changes soon! Your web page is fabulous! I especially loved your philosophy quote, “The dollar sign is not our spirit behind bars.” Love and hugs to you…Aloha! Michelle


  2. Michelle, Sister Love *** Your words are so beautifully collected *** The imagery is wonderful!! Blue Orbs gather to bring their joy to the season, how awesome!! Your thoughts in Winter Solstice went right to my heart ** One Love One Light So Bright ** Thank you for this treasure! Shine on !!!
    Peace Love Light and Laughter Always and All Ways
    * Suli*


    • Oh Suli, Thank you for all your lovely comments and sweet wishes. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Reflections 😉 Love and Hugs to you!


  3. I really liked the orbs over the holiday lights…I’ve always been in love with the story of the West wind. Peace my Shamana


    • Thank you–I’m glad you enjoyed them, Steve. I have a thing for Wind, too. 😉 Blessings of Love, Light, Peace and Fair Winds to you!


  4. Reflections On Winter Solstice « UluOla's Blog…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……


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