The Dead of Winter
It is less than a fortnight until the Winter Solstice, an auspicious one too. There is a conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter that has not been seen in eight-hundred years. The last time this happened the Mongols were sweeping through what was left of the Persian Empire. This is why the national sport in Afghanistan is buzkashi. Horsemen riding for the privilege of dragging a beheaded sheep around a playfield.
I look forward to expansion and change in a large-scale social sense as we claw our way back into the Spring. We will see who the sheep are and who are the riders. There are always spectators who gamble on the outcome.