Solstice New Year

Solstice New Year
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Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance, and there is only dance. ~ T.S. Eliot

Solstice greetings! For the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the start of astronomical winter. This is the longest night and shortest day of the year.

In  the Southern Hemisphere, it's the start of summer, the longest day and shortest night of the year.  Enjoy!

The solstice  is  today-- Sunday,  December 21 at 23:03 UTC (5:03 p.m. CST).

You can find  more about the solstice here.

The word solstice means sun-stilling.  It is as if the Sun stands still--that is, the movement of the Sun's path (as seen from Earth) seems to come to a stop before reversing direction.  Is it any wonder people built bonfires, and Stonehenge?

 Here on Earth,  both winter and summer solstices have been  a cause for celebration.  At Stonehenge for example, there are  still gatherings for the summer and winter solstices. According to EarthSky, more visitors come in the summer--about 20,000 people, compared to  about 3500 for the winter solstice.

Still, it may be that the winter solstice was more important to ancient peoples. The  stones at Stonehenge are aligned for the sunset on the shortest day, commemorating the earliest sunset and the darkest time of the year.  The winter solstice meant the death of the old year. It also marked the start of  a new year, and  increasing light.

And this time around, the solstice coincides with a new moon, also considered a new beginning.

So happy solstice, and  new moon. Here's to another journey around the sun.  In the spirit of the winter season, here are more gifts of winter.

Love, light and peace to all!

 

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    Lovely as always, my lyrical friend. My son and I are going out to hear live Celtic music tonight. It seems appropriate. Much much love to you!

  • Thanks so much. Love to you guys, too! So happy to share this journey with you.

  • There was something on Nova about Stonehenge, being of stone, being a death monument, because otherwise they would have used wood. So, you may have come upon a connection there.

    There is also the obvious noncoincidence that most festivals of light are around now, especially those who put 10,000 l.e.d.s in front of their houses* and the original Oh Tannenbaum and Swedes with candles on their heads.

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    *Not as prominent in Sauganash as it once was.

  • Greetings, Jack---yes, it's the season of many lights and festivals now, Festive in these gray days, too!

  • Greetings and thanks. Here's a hard thought to grasp in this weather -- now that the solstice is past, the days are getting longer already. Thanks for yet another fine explanation.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you, as always, for reading! Best wishes in the new year.

  • Thanks, WG, for shedding a little light on the subject. As always.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks for reading,AW. Glad tidings to you and your family!

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