Wherever you are on the Earth
know that the changing seasons are an affirmation that, whatever happens,
life is never diminished!
WHAT IS A SOLSTICE?
It's a sobering thought that our remote, so-called 'primitive', ancestors knew a great deal more about the Solar System, and how our Sun, and our satellite the Moon, affect our lives, than most of us know today.
And when I speak of knowledge I mean knowledge, not mere information.
Knowledge = information + experience
How many of us realise that the Solstice point does not occur on the same day each year, nor even, depending on your Time Zone, on the same day in the same year? And that the Solstice point is a mathematical measurement, while the actual phenomenon lasts for several days in most latitudes. Do you greet the Sun each morning when it rises? If so, you will be aware that each day it rises at a slightly different place on the horizon - until it reaches the Summer Solstice, when it ceases to move along the horizon for a while, then begins it's journey back into Winter. From this time, although the temperature continues to rise, the days are shorter, and the nights lengthen.
If you live in the North, the December Solstice occurs in Winter.
The celebration of Jesus' birthday a few days after the Winter Solstice is highly symbolic, and appropriate for Northeners,
as there, from around Christmas, the days gradually become longer and the nights shorter.
The closer you are to the Polar Regions, the more dramatic the phenomenon,
while for those at the Equator, there is very little actual difference.
This would explain why Astronomy developed so early in the mid and high latitudes.
A Solstice is a really good time to make a new start - 'New Year' is such a moveable feast!
If we greet the sun each morning, and watch it setting, making these daily times of meditation, contemplation, or prayer,
we will become more aware of our environment, the weather, and our place in the infinite scheme of things.
As we make this a regular practice, as it used to be in every faith community,
we become aware of the natural boundaries lovingly set for us by the fascinating Dance of the Sun, Moon and Earth,
and less intimidated by the vastness of the Cosmos and the uncertainties of our lives.
"If we live as if it matters, and it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter;
but if we live as if it matters, and it does matter,
it DOES matter."
with love from Margaret RainbowWeb
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This may change the date, but not the Longitude (Sign).
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written by an Adelaide man who is primarily self-taught.
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Rainbow Blessings to Alistair for this information.
Solar CalendarDecember Solstice - Sun enters Tropical Sign of Capricorn -
21st.December 18.36 GMT
Lammas, Lughnasad - Southern Hemisphere,
Brogit, Oilmelc, Imbolc - in the North
Lunar CalendarLast Qtr.- 23rd.December 19.37 GMT 2°Libra 05'
Dark Moon - 31st.December 3.13 GMT - 9° Capricorn 32'
First Qtr. - 6th.January 2006 18.58 GMT 16° Aries 19'
Full Moon - 14th.January 2006 9.49 GMT - 24° Cancer 05'
Last Qtr. - 22nd.January 2006 15.15 GMT 2°Scorpio 27'
Dark Moon - 29th.January 14.16 GMT - 9° Aquarius 32'
The New Moon occurs when
the first slender crescent is visible in the East at sunset
usually 2-3 days after Dark Moon
NB. The above are Tropical Zodiac Signs -
not recommended for Moon planting. See:
Planting by the Moon
Remember! the world is always turning.........................GLOBAL MEDITATIONS
Learn about my favourite charity WAR CHILD
More about Solar and Lunar Festivals in Southern Australia
*NEW* Planting and Weather Calendar for South Australia
Exploring the Celtic World: its Myths and Festivals, Celts in Australia and the Southern Celtic Year
THE SOUTHERN YEAR
For myths, legends, & traditions from around the world,
visit MYTHING LINKS
And get the big picture at
http://www.astropics.co.uk/ with these amazing ASTROPICS
from Eddie Guscott in the UK.
And a final thought, from the Introduction to the Designer's Manual, on Permaculture Design Philosophy:
"A person of courage today is a person of Peace.
The courage we need is to refuse authority, and to accept only personally responsible decisions."
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