21 December - what does this symbolise to you? Is it four sleeps to Christmas, simply another day to endure or perhaps you recognise this day as the Solstice?
However this day presents itself to you, astronomically this is more than just another day - it signals an important part of the calendar and presents a vital shift in energy. Depending upon which part of the globe you live, you will experience either the summer or winter solstice; the longest or the shortest day. Either way the sun's position with the earth remains static and its path then falls into decline.
For those of us in the northern hemisphere that is a cause for celebration; and although we are still in the midst of winter, with some months of hibernation still ahead of us, 21 December heralds a really important, almost psychological shift. We welcome back the sun and the days start to get longer and lighter - hurrah.
Winter is a surprisingly fabulous season that offers a magical permission for us to restore, hibernate and dream through a luxurious stillness, despite the madness of the festive season. Yet winter so often feels like an endurance test, so any chance we have to welcome in the promise of spring must surely be taken.
21 December creates a momentary still motion in the sun's path and enables us to celebrate the solar's return to the northern shores; warming up our skin, lighting up the darkness and presenting hope as it sits at the edge of the cliff waiting to take flight.
So as we embrace the shortest day, take time to think about how you could change your perspective of the months ahead. Ignoring any financial constraints driven by the demands of Christmas, how could you celebrate the sun's return? How can you begin to look forward to spring and start to give hope some space in your heart? Now there is an extra moment each day of lightness in your life, what extra joy can you find within that celebrates the Kingdom of Sunshine?
This is not a day to mourn, it is a day to celebrate; know in your heart that the corner has been turned and that with the new year comes a new energy, a source of renewed spirit and, despite whatever cloud cover may shield its radiance, the sun is back. Drink it in. Absorb the positivity that it now offers us and leap into the new year with a spring in your step.
Make 21 December more than just another day to wrap presents or buy in last minute food supplies. Make it a day to honour, celebrate and rejoice. The return of the sun is upon us.
With festive blessings and wishes full of hope and happiness