The winter solstice occurs on December 21st, 2016. This astrological phenomenon marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is at it's lowest. Sometimes the solstice is called "midwinter".


Worldwide, interpretation of this event varies across cultures but many have held a recognition of rebirth that involves holidays, festivals and gatherings or rituals and other celebrations around that time.


When we speak of "solstice serenity" we are certainly speaking of change. As change occurs in the outer world, so does it occur in the inner world of our soul or psyche? Change is not always easy and sometimes it can be darned difficult.


The artist expresses some of these changes on a canvas for instance. At PACS everyone is given the opportunity to express their self through many different mediums. It is through these endeavours that it is hoped one can find and experience a measure of serenity. Serenity means to be calm or tranquil. We are encouraged to be calm and tranquil when we draw or paint. Sometimes the reverse occurs, we become tranquil because we paint. What can be more enjoyable than one's mind and heart working together creating art that is meaningful to self and others? From scribbling to concious and deliberate strokes of a brush on canvas, one can find serenity.


So as the solstice approaches, may you who read this discover a serenity that is compatible with the shortening of days and the lengthening of nights. The nights will shorten and new life will come.


Rod Marsh

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