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Good Solstice/Happy New Year

Last night was the longest night of the year, and today's sunrise begins a new year. Winter is just beginning and its days are already numbered, it has been born and is already dying. Today I am contemplative, so I will share three pictures of Solstice sunrise from three different places in the world. I also want to thank each of the following people who sent me absolutely wonderful Holiday cards. I adored each and every one of them...


Curious Wombat - so beautiful and handmade with a gorgeous golden envelope as well.

Zhie and her DH. One of the bright light of my 2011 was meeting both of them while attending a summer conference. A joyful and happy card.

Solstice at Stonehenge


Chaotic Binky - lovely, small, perfect, with a joyful picture and message.

Alexcat - reindeer nine on the card, matching envelope and even a matching address panel. Loved it.

Solstice at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico USA


Jay of Lasgalen - Such a beautiful portal to such a lovely sentiment. And a wreath of holly - my favorite.

My dear friend Iris who I beta for with a lovely 3-D holiday card expressing exhuberence in crafts and in the Holiday.

Silver Trails - A really lovely and very Peruvian-styled Nativity. I loved the colors and the sentiment. It was good exercise for my rusting Spanish skills as well.

Solstice at Newgrange


My friend Shruti from India, who enriched my life with a card of her own artwork. Lovely.

And so many other friend and family from the US whose pictures and the colors of their cards brightened our entryway.

I thank all of you who sent cards. AND, even more importantly - I thank each and every one of you who allowed me to send a card to you. I love having an outlet for my creative energies and you afforded me a focus in the last month of my year. I hope that this New Year brings light to your lives and happiness to your hearts.
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The last picture reminds me of a picture I saw once, representing lamps of the Valar. I can't remember where I saw it or who was the author, though.
I saw the sunrise. Now the northern hemisphere starts to turn back toward the sun!
I'll get my sunrise in another hour or so. Even though we are entering Winter, our sun time will now increase and I can't help but be joyous about that.

- Erulisse (one L)
I had thought to be up to greet the sun - so much easier at the Winter Solstice than the summer one - but the day is so grey that I never really noticed it...
It was a grey day here also, but I'm quite sure that the Sun and the Spirits knew that both of us were awake and welcoming this wonderful day. It is the beginning of a New Year and a new opportunity for making positive changes in the world. Seeing the sun rise outside means nothing compared to seeing the sun rise in your soul, and it did - I have no doubt.

- Erulisse (one L)
Well thank you so much, my friend. You share your joy and I think that is a wonderful and cherished gift.

- Erulisse (one L)
What gorgeous solstice pictures. I always find myself craving light at this time of year. I'll be so glad when the nights draw out again.
I am very sunlight dependent, so I'm delighted to see the sun reappear. Unfortunately we were cloudy this morning, so I wasn't able to see the sunrise today. But it's all good :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Thank you, my Lady. I dearly love Solstice, it is the penultimate fulcrum of the year and everything from this point is only positive. Thank you for sharing my joy with me.

- Erulisse (one L)
Happy Solstice! I guess it was summer solstice here. There is actually a celebration called Capac Raymi.
I was indeed Summer Solstice on your side of the Equator. So I wish you a joyous summer to come :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I was very pleased by the ones that I found to share with all of you. Goddess bless...

- Erulisse (one L)