Recently, I have been enjoying the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, a 19th Century German artist. I had been familiar with a single oil painting of his called The Sea of Ice since childhood, but last week, I became familiar with a large body of his work.
What strikes me is the spiritual nature of many of his paintings – where it is one person alone in the grandeur of nature. Nature is God upon the earth so you can see the connection, and in that regard, Friedreich said, “I have to stay alone in order to fully contemplate and feel nature.”
Today is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, but for the next half year, each day will become a little longer as the sun rises a little higher in the heavens. Being a lover of the sun, I highly praise the day. For this occasion, I like to rise early to praise the Goddess and be especially kind and helpful to others. Like the woman in the Friedrich painting above, the Goddess is looking out over her domain, and naturally, her palms are forward for nature is giving.
Here is a verse from the Veda for Understanding the Sacred Way on Winter Solstice.