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Green is where the Heart Is for January 1, 2014

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~ Og Mandino

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

The year 2013 was an exciting year for me, filled with both joy and sadness.  In March my sister and I traveled to the Galapagos Islands with an eco-tour group where we explored land inhabited by monstrous land turtles, marine iguanas by the thousands, flamingos, red and blue footed boobies, sally light foot crabs and other unusual specimens of God’s creatures that have evolved to survive as changing environmental circumstances, such as volcanoes pushing through the ocean floor to form islands, provided new homes to adaptable living things. 
It is an area of the world that seems to regain homeostasis quicker than others as was evident in the equality of daylight and darkness.  The sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm 365 days a year on the equator.  There are no summer months of extended play in the sun.  Neither are there bleak winter days of darkness contributing to seasonal affect disorder. 
I have lived in Fort St. John, British Columbia on the 56 degree latitude where summer months gave light enough to read a paper on your front porch at 11 o’clock at night and the rising sun woke you up at 4 am the next morning. 
During late fall and winter it would be dark till maybe 10am and then the darkness would close in again by 4 in the afternoon.  My favorite day of the year was around December 21st, the winter solstice or the shortest day of the year because it marked the return of light as the days would proceed to become longer. 
It is amazing that ancient civilizations such as those that lived in Stonehenge, England between 3,000 and 2,000 B.C. were able to erect one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world positioning giant rocks or megaliths in a way that on the sunrise of the winter solstice the sun precisely shines through, marking the beginning of the end of darkness for the people.  They called it the Unconquered Sun and it was time to rejoice for the light was coming.
Early calendars were manipulated to coalesce the birth of Jesus Christ with the timing of this ancient celebration. Since Christ conquered the darkness, as did the sun, the blending of these two traditions was convenient for those hoping to convert pagans to Christianity.
Recently we lost a friend who passed away unexpectedly at the young age of 48.  His wife, family and friends must be feeling the darkness of his absence.  One thing I know for sure.  This is a dark time for them.  Retreating into the yin feelings of grief and sadness is a natural and healing state.  It is necessary to be comforted in the privacy of darkness.  Hope holds for us the belief that when the time is right, the sun will once again appear.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to all of you celebrating the SON and the sun.  REJOICE! REJOICE!  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.