The darkness of the longest night of the year has fallen upon us. Like a comfortable cloak, it wraps itself around me. I am standing watch through this night to the dawn of new light with a kindred spirit, Lady Imbrium. This is not much of a chore as I like the night for its peace and quiet.
The candles and the colorful lights of the Yule tree give the room a warm glow. It isn’t the same as sitting around a hearth fire, but it’s close enough. The weather forecast is calling for strong winds by early morning. Howling winds would complete the wintery atmosphere often associated with this time of year. It is a good time to stay inside and rest… rest like the earth.
I hope the winds come from the north or the west. Daughter RavynStar told of a Chinese goddess called Xi Hou who is the mother of ten suns, in her blog yesterday. She also tells of a Chinese belief that winds from the east or south at this time are considered an ill omen, but winds from the north or west are favorable. The prevailing winds where I live come out of the southwest which has often brought mixed blessings, so maybe there is something to this Chinese lore. Regardless, any wind at this time of year in northeastern Vermont is generally cold and best accompanied by a hot cup of tea.
The dark cycle of 2012 seems darker than previous years. Perhaps it is due to the so-called Mayan doomsday prophesies. I have been surprised at the number of people who seem to have succumbed to the media hype. It is rather reminiscent of the Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds.” It was a well known story when I was in school, but it may have been forgotten by the modern purveyors of media. A lesson forgotten does NOT qualify as a lesson learned.
While there seems to have been a subtle “madness” in the behavior of the general population this year, there was nothing subtle about the madness that created tragedy in Connecticut seven days ago. The public response to this real-life episode out of a horror movie has been (naturally) emotionally charged and reactionary. Unfortunately, the preventative measures being suggested seem unlikely to succeed because they appear to be addressing the symptoms rather than the causes of the underlying problem: our society is ill.
If this seems far-fetched to you, consider that these things are layered on top of the on-going effects of an economic collapse four years ago, concerns of global climate change and “peak oil,” and the endless rhetoric of ridiculous politicians pressing towards a “fiscal cliff.” People are simply stressed-out… extremely! Why wouldn’t they be?
Irresponsible and unscrupulous media sensationalizes anything that might make money, including alleged doomsday prophecies. Irresponsible and unscrupulous leaders want to tax the poor and suffering to solve our economic problems while protecting the rich (even when some of the rich admit that they should be taxed more!) These leaders have the same profile as King John in the Robin Hood tale, and they do not even try to hide it. How can anyone fail to recognize that our society is ill?
The dark cycle of 2012 does seem darker than previous years, but it is time to prepare for the dawn and the reversing of this trend. How can we reverse these trends? Let’s discuss that… the day after “doomsday!” Blessed be.