From Swastikas to Cupcakes – Turning from the Dark to the Light
December 21, 2021 is the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere; it is also the winter solstice when the earth tips on its axis once again, so that daylight in the northern hemisphere begin to be imperceptibly but steadily longer.
One of the best stories I’ve ever heard of turning from the dark toward the light is a recent story from Karunavirus.org. Pier Paolo Spinazze is a street artist in Verona, Italy who converts fascist hate graffiti into sweet foods. Swastikas on the wall become giant cupcakes with purple icing and the words ‘my Hitler’ are transformed into ‘my muffins.’
Karunavirus.org is one of my favorite sources for hope and inspiration in these dark times. Karuna (compassion) virus spreads faster than coronavirus is their slogan, and every week brings stories of heartwarming uplift to my heart.
And here’s my traditional Solstice greetings, posted every year, relevant every year:
Candles for Solstice
May you celebrate and share with others…
Candles of light in the darkness,
Candles of grace in the suffering,
Candles of joy despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tumultuous days,
Candles of forgiveness for all the difficulties,
Candles of love to embrace all that is Life,
Candles that will burn all the year long.
– Linda Graham based on Howard Thurman