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Winter Solstice

'Star Wars' and the Solstice

Jodi Eichler-Levine | Posted 12.23.2015 | Religion
Jodi Eichler-Levine

Like the turning of the year, the return to Star Wars brings memories of past rituals (previous screenings; the much-maligned "Star Wars Christmas Special;" that plush Ewok you got that one year). It simultaneously gives us hope that, in each new trip to the theater, the bright light of the opening crawl will renew us again. It can make us what we think we were but have never really been.

Ex-Catholic Nun + Brooklyn Jewish Husband: How to Celebrate?

Millie Grenough | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Millie Grenough

photo: Millie Grenough Okay, here's the situation: I'm an ex-Catholic nun married to a Brooklyn Jewish guy. Hanukkah is over. Christmas is coming. S...

Merry Freaking Christmas

Kristen Hotham Carroll | Posted 12.23.2015 | Religion
Kristen Hotham Carroll

I love Christmas, and I love Jesus. Even though Jesus wasn't born on December 25th, I still enjoy having a day to reflect on his birth, and a reminder before I enter every new year, that I want to live a life like Jesus did. If I'm honest, I also like the presents.

Winter Solstice: Dark Moves to Light

Constance Stellas | Posted 12.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Constance Stellas

The darkest day of this year is the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21st. Here on the East Coast the sun set at 4:38 p.m. and day light lasted 9 hours and 20 m...

Winter Solstice Chant

Annie Finch | Posted 12.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Annie Finch

Vines, leaves, roots of darkness, growing, now you are uncurled and cover our eyes with the edge of winter sky leaning over us in icy stars. Vines, le...

The Lesbian Chronicles 3

Katharine Angelina Love | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katharine Angelina Love

Tonight I went out to dinner with my ex- girlfriend Lorraine. We shared a delectable dinner of fried chicken and waffles; because really, what can be better than fried chicken to begin the celebratory season?

Waging Peace on Christmas (or Whatever You Celebrate)

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Instead of fighting the Christmas or Hanukkah decorations cherished by many in your community, join them by creating something festive and inspiring that celebrates the season in a secular way. You can wage peace on Christmas or Whatever You Celebrate this time of year.

The Astrological & Mythological Origins of Christmas

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

Since this year Christmas falls right on the full moon in Cancer, I wanted to dedicate this post to the origin of Christmas focusing on some of the ho...

Looking for the Return of the Light

Pamela Hale | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Pamela Hale

photo by Pamela Hale I've spent a lot of time lately looking for the light. And I imagine, given all that is going on in our world, I'm not alone. W...

Countdown to the Solstice: Shining Stars in Oregon

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

This is the last blog in our series as we count down to the winter solstice -- the darkest day of the year. These past few weeks, we've featured some ...

6 Ways to Embrace Winter

Kimberly Petrosino | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Petrosino

Winter.. that dreaded word. For many, it's viewed as the dark period of the whole year. Let's face it, winter lasts a long time and it sure can linger, especially if you despise it. This year I encourage you to change your outlook and embrace it as you would any other season!

Will You Hear the Bells on Christmas Day?

Tammy Letherer | Posted 12.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

More than 150 years ago, a former Harvard professor named Henry was awakened from his nap by the sound of screams. His wife Frances' dress had caught ...

Are We Really Able to Paint With Light Itself?

Adam James Butcher | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts
Adam James Butcher

It was no coincidence that the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Why was this so significant for me as a painter you might ask?

What Christians And Pagans Have In Common During The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion

Many of the symbols that modern-day Christians associate with Christmas have pagan roots. The Yule log, the Christmas tree, the use of candlelight, an...

Daily Meditation: Winter Solstice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Winter Solstice 2015: Shortest Day Of The Year Celebrated As Pagan Yule

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion

In 2015, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will begin on Dec. 22 at 4:48 a.m. UTC. To calculate the turning point in your time zone, clic...

The Winter Forest Gives Us a Clue About How to Experience God

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

I like this winter season because I can see the bones of the earth. Sinkholes and cliffs normally hidden by the leaves now show up. I see things differently. I suspect this reveals to us something about seeing God.

Winter Solstice and the Holidays

Pragito Dove | Posted 11.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Pragito Dove

The winter solstice, Dec. 22, has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. As the shortest day/longest night of the year, th...

Finding My Religion

Alicia Armeli MSEd MSN RDN CHLC | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Alicia Armeli MSEd MSN RDN CHLC

At 16, when I left the Jehovah's Witness religion, I made a scrapbook full of things I wanted to celebrate and do when I was an adult and had my own life. Cut and pasted magazine clippings for holiday parties and pink frosted birthday cakes were plastered on every page.

Bringing in the New Year With Pongal!

Alka Pratap | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Alka Pratap

The Winter Solstice is a time of celebration in almost every culture and part of the world -- whether in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere. As a person with an Indian ancestry, I have always been amazed at the diversity of traditions in India alone.

How to Nurture Yourself as You Enter the Cave of Winter Solstice

Tamara Star | Posted 02.22.2015 | Women
Tamara Star

The winter solstice arrives on the shortest day and longest night of the year. Any reassurance of knowing the days gradually lengthen from this point forward is lost in a barren season highlighted by fleeting holidays, seemingly eons away from springtime.

Winter Love Soulstice Free Beach Celebration in Long Beach on 12/21

Morena Duwe | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

On December 21, Subtract Music, Light Tribe and Ohm Bass came together to throw a free and completely magical beach party celebrating the winter solstice as well as the longest night since 1912.

Winter Solstice: A Good Time to Reverse Your Spiral

Candy Leonard | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Candy Leonard

Eight years ago I was living in New Hampshire, and I was extremely depressed. It had been several years since my divorce, I couldn't find work that fe...

Heading Into Darkness to Reclaim the Light

Ken Brack | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ken Brack

For many people, this last stretch into the holidays is the pits. Those of us who grieve, battle depression, or for anyone whose life seems to be sei...

Winter Solstice 2014: Shortest Day Of The Year Marked By Pagan Celebrations

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion

In 2014, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will begin on Dec. 21 at 6:03 p.m. EST. To calculate the turning point in your time zone, clic...