Happy solar return to Capricorn, the winter cardinal cross point sign of the Zodiac. With solstice, winter begins putting nature in deep freeze, as paradoxically, the Sun begins to brighten each day.
My soundtrack lately has been Sting's If On a Winter's Night, an ode to his favorite season. In the liner notes, he says, "Our ancestors celebrated the paradox of light at the heart of the darkness, and the consequent miracle of rebirth and the regeneration of the seasons."
You can watch a trailer for If on a Winter's Night, with a sampling of songs He calls winter "the season of the imagination." These songs, some of them traditional folk tunes from the British Isles, soothe my grief with their melancholy beauty. Of winter, Sting says, "It's a dark time, a cold time, and also for warmth and family, love and tenderness."Andrew Bret Wallis/Getty Images