At just about noon, GMT (4 a.m. in the real world, 7 a.m. in the time zone where the big political and financial disasters are planned) the Sun will (speaking Ptolemaically) stop heading south and start coming back.
There’s a message here for dark times, reflected in all the traditional solstice observances from lights in the window (originally to welcome Lord Mithra), to Yule logs, to burning one candle the first night, two candles the second night …
Light will return.
Light will increase.
May it be so this year: for you, friends, and for the world. We could use a little light just about now.