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Update: December 21, 2020
Life Table 2017

Gardening, Soil-less Gardening and Nature

Your Winter Solstice
Life Table

For anyone who cares about nature's role in our lives and on our planet.

Gardeners, soil-less gardeners and non-gardeners — all benefit from acknowledging this change in nature's cycle. When we all pay attention, the planet benefits too.

Solstice is on Monday, December 21st at 5:02 AM EST.

In The Perelandra Garden Workbook, Machaelle explains:

"The release of life vitality that triggers each stage of the equinox/solstice cycle happens with or without human awareness or attention. It's part of earth's natural rhythms. But we co-creative gardeners can choose to actively participate with nature at these special times. Nature once said to me that nature is powerful beyond belief and humans are powerful beyond belief. But when nature and humans act together, that combined power is intensified a hundredfold. . . . This is another one of those times where a small gesture on our part can do a lot for the moment."

Workbook p35

For a deeper understanding, including insight from nature, read the entire section on The Solstice and Equinox Cycle from The Perelandra Garden Workbook free online here.

At the time of the solstice, you can follow the steps for observing the moment on pages 37-38.



We're in the mood for something
a little different this solstice.
Will you join us?

For Perelandra and folks in the northern hemisphere, this will be the winter solstice — the second stage of the annual cycle when the plans and design of the year come together. The season also affords an opportunity to both participate in the moment and use a little creativity to celebrate and show appreciation for your nature partner through the simple act of putting together a "life table."

"Since the winter solstice is around Christmastime, I give nature its fair share of the season by setting up what I call a Life Table. On it, I create a nature setting of greens, nests, nuts, berries and birdfeather ornaments. I also include items from the garden and handmade crafts to symbolize the creative coming together of man and nature. For the winter solstice, the Life Table candle is lit, and at the exact moment of the solstice I focus my attention on the devic quality of life — the creation of the blueprints."

The Something Different

We've been so heartened and inspired by the personal pictures of your gardens and homes that some of you have shared with us on Facebook as part of our monthly EoP Biodiversity Process, and in response to other Perelandra messages. You've given us a sense of camaraderie and support. In that spirit, we'd like to do something extra special for this solstice.

This year, we invited folks to send a picture of their Solstice Life Table. Thank you to everyone from around the world who contributed to this year's solstice collage!

Solstice Collage


Some of the Perelandra life tables we've put together over the last 20 years:

Life Table 2014
Life Table 2019
Life Table 2011

Toby Solstice

Southern Hemisphere Gardeners

This will be your Summer Solstice.

It's a time to recognize and rejoice in the coming together of the plan and design with the matter means and action that resulted in your fully realized garden.

Add These Days To Your Calendar

The page linked below gives the dates and times for the coming equinox and solstice cycle. Add them to your calendar now, so you'll remember to participate all through the year.

        • Solstice and Equinox Times