Seasonal Salon

Letter From the Editor

The story of Demeter and Persephone as told by Charlene Spretnak reminds us how important it is to be ever vigilant to the inevitably pervasive patriarchal language that distorts our own feminist culture. According to Spretnak’s myth in Lost Goddesses of Early Greece,* Persephone left her mother and descended into the Underworld where Hecate awaited to impart Her deep wisdom. In her absence, Demeter grieves; her body, the land, lies barren until Persephone’s return in the Spring. Demeter celebrates their reunion by restoring the land to a lush beauty.

‘Tis the season to be jolly? No! ‘Tis the season to be still. Demeter is She who waits in the stillness.

Before Thanksgiving, I made my way to the nearby Michaels store in search of a Size 1 circular knitting needle. Alas! I was not prepared for the assault of RED inside. Every shelf overflowed into the aisles with Christmas stuff. Wreaths and ribbons, elves and santas, angels and bells decked the halls to the accompaniment of a repeating medley of Christmas music… “I’ll be home for Christmas” and “White Christmas” and Eartha Kitt’s sensual “Santa Baby.” I did try to watch out and not pout; I didn’t cry, nor did I shout…all assuring me of a visit from Santa who’s coming to town.

For years I scolded myself for being such a grumpy humbug growling my way through tedious to-do lists and exhausting (not to mention, expensive) shopping trips. How grateful I was to learn what the season is truly all about.

Winter Solstice is a quiet time when we settle into the deep, the long nights when we honor the dark and rest into the quiet; the time of reflection.

Is it any wonder that the hustle and bustle, the clanging of bells and all that red leaves us feeling anything but jolly. I prefer Silent Night, Holy Night, don’t you?

We invite you to find a quiet place; curl up before a fire, and savor a restful time while you receive the gifts of the Seasonal Salon.

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*Charlene Spretnak, Lost Goddesses of Early Greece; A collection of Pre-Hellenic Myths, (Boston: Beacon Press, 1978, 1981.)

Category: Winter Solstice 2018