Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Solstice Sowing Celebration

Photo Credit Ryan's Winter Solstice Survival Guide 
The Winter Solstice is upon us my friends and just so happens to be one of my favorite days of the year! This year the Winter Solstice falls on Saturday,  December the 21st which is not even a week away!  Each year the winter solstice marks the day when the sun will appear at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon resulting in the shortest day and longest night of the year.  Not to be confused with the "first day of winter," the winter solstice is based entirely upon the season significance of the lengthening of days and the shortening of nights. 

The importance of the Solstice dates back as far as the neolithic times and is still celebrated today around the world with ceremonies custom to the different beliefs of many cultures. To some, the winter solstice symbolizes the rebirth of the sun and during ancient times the Solstice symbolized fertility and harvest. Traditionally winter sowing begins on the day of the Solstice. Trudi Davidoff developed a beautiful way to celebrate the beginning of your winter sow by planting four symbolic sets of seeds honoring remembrance, life, Mother Nature and faith. For more information about winter sowing CLICK HERE.

Which seeds to choose:

Seeds of Remembrance: Choose a flower seed at reminds you of someone you knew and loved but has since gone and is no longer with you. 

Seeds of Life: Choose seeds from a plant that produces fruit or nectar.  One that will invite birds and butterflies to your garden.

Seeds of Trees: Choose seeds of trees.  These seeds should be sown in honor of Mother Nature.

Seeds of Faith: Choose seeds of plants that would grow in a zone beyond the warmth that you live in.  This seed is sown to accept "the leap of faith" in or hearts and remind us of the miracles that Mother Nature is capable of.  

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