Darkness as a time of preparation

Darkness, then, is a time of preparation.  It is for this reason, that in the Irish tradition, the day starts with the evening before. It is why we have Xmas eve, and Halloween (the evening of All Hallows). It is why the bean a tí was expected to have all her work done in the evening and the kitchen in readiness for the next day.

Thought for the day

Darkness then may be seen as preparation, even intense preparation, for the next part of living, be it over the ground as a plant or tree ... or new life as a human or animal.