Art News Roundup: What to do on the darkest day: Solstice celebrations

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Connect with the spirits of the cosmos on Winter Solstice. Courtesy of The Covenant of the Blue Moon

For the pagans amongst us, the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) is an annual point of cosmic importance. It is then that the life-giving sun reaches its lowest ebb and proceeds to make the big rebound. From that point, the days grow longer and longer until reaching a zenith at the Summer Solstice.

In ancient times, those who held reverence for the verdant forces of nature celebrated the Winter Solstice by kindling lights as mementos to the resurgent solar orb that, with the lengthening of days, brings living things out of their cold, death-like slumber and back into the warmth and the light.

There are several venues in which we of the South Sound can join in public celebrations of the Winter Solstice and the returning of the sun.

Yule Winter Solstice

Sat., Dec. 16, 6-7 p.m.

Crescent Moon Gifts, 

2502 6th Ave., Tacoma

The Covenant of the Blue Moon hosts a public Yule Winter Solstice celebration. All are welcome. Info: covenantofthebluemoonchurch.org/mc-events/yule-winter-solstice-public

Yule/Winter Solstice 

Ritual and Potluck

Sun., Dec. 17, 3-6 p.m.

Mystic Sanctuary, 

8415 Steilacoom Blvd., Lakewood

Winter is here. The days are the shortest. We wake in the dark morning and we leave our jobs in the dark evening. The days are often filled with grey clouds and we start to long for the sun and the return of light. Yule/Winter Solstice/Mid-Winter is a time when communities, families, and circles of friends gather together to fight off the dark days. So please join Mystic Sanctuary in celebrating the joys of Yule/Winter Solstice. It will be a festive day including a ritual, class and potluck.

People of all paths, traditions and ages are welcome to attend. The public rituals are open to all. No experience or knowledge of rituals is needed and there will be a free class prior to start time.

What to bring (suggested)

A potluck dish to share with 10-12 people. Please bring your dish ready to serve as this is an outdoor space with no power, kitchen or running water. Please label the ingredients of your potluck dish, as many people have food allergies/intolerance. It is also suggested to bring your own cup/utensils.

Foldup chairs to sit in during the festivities. There is only a very small amount of chairs available.

Suggested donation is $5 per person to help with supplies. While there is a suggested donation, any amount is good, and no one will ever be turned away for not having a donation.

Info: www.earthandskydivination.com or www.mysticshoppe.com

Winter Solstice Celebration and Potluck Breakfast

Thurs., Dec. 21, 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Fireman’s Park, 801 A St., Tacoma

Come join the Crescent Moon Crew in a celebration of the Solstice. Participants will gather together at approximately 7:30 a.m. at Fireman’s Park, at the corner of 9th and A streets in Tacoma, to watch the sun rise together.

Bring a drum for the drum circle and remember to dress warmly. The sun rises at 7:54 a.m., but on a clear sky with the height of the mountain, 8:15 a.m. will be the optimum viewing time if not cloudy.

Following is a potluck breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Crescent Moon Gifts, 2502 6th Ave., Tacoma. Please bring a breakfast item to feed 8-12 people. Plates, bowls and utensils will be provided. Crescent Moon will be cooking up pancakes.

Gather with friends and partake in a community ornament or cookie exchange if you’d like. To participate bring a wrapped ornament to be exchanged for the same, or bring a dozen or a couple dozen cookies to exchange (bring a dozen, take a dozen, mix and match).

Info: www.crescentmoongifts.com or www.facebook.com/events/566111147064763

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