A new year and a new decade … an excellent time for a new start to blogging.
I always feel that the tradition of looking back and looking forward as we head into a new year connects us down the centuries.
The month of January is named after the Roman god, Janus, the door-keeper of the heavens, with his two heads so he could look both forwards and backwards at the same time.
The Celtic Winter Solstice marks the astronomical turning point of the year, when the daylight is at its shortest and the night at its longest here in the Northern Hemisphere. However, astronomers can explain how this doesn’t mean that the days then immediately begin to lengthen as this is controlled by the Earth’s orbit of the sun and varies a bit depending on your exact latitude.
I think of this ’10 Days of Christmas’ period as the time when everything is slightly on pause – including being on holiday from work – making it an ideal time to reflect on where we have been and make plans for where the next year’s adventures will take us.
Happy New Year! May it be a good one!