The Winter Solstice: celebrated in essentially every culture world-wide since the Stone Age. Stonehenge, in the image, is one of the extraordinary monuments built to celebrate both winter and summer solstices.

The word solstice is from Latin – sol for sun and sistere, for standing still. In this moment, the world seems to stop and allow us to look backwards and forwards, at life and death, and celebrate the beginning of the return of light and spring even as we step further into winter.

Join Spillian Founding Fomenter Leigh Melander on her weekly radio show, Myth America, Tuesday, December 22, 2015 for an exploration into the stories and rituals from traditions around the world.

9 AM ET on WIOX Radio, 91.3 FM in upstate New York and streaming world-wide on

Happy Solstice!

And stay tuned – we are preparing broadcasts of Myth America and Spillian Revels Radio Hour as podcasts – they’ll soon be available on Mixcloud and other platforms.