Winter Solstice

by on December 21, 2010 · 9 comments

in Culture, Environment

Originally published December 21, 2009

winter-solstice-2003Midwinter festivals and celebrations occurring on the longest night of the year, often calling for evergreens, bright illumination, large ongoing fires, feasting, communion with close ones, and evening physical exertion by dancing and singing are examples of cultural winter therapies that have evolved as traditions since the beginnings of civilization.

In Greek mythology, the gods and goddesses met on the winter and summer solstice. Even in modern cultures these gatherings are still valued for emotional comfort, having something to look forward to at the darkest time of the year.

wintersolstice-largeThe concentration of observances were not always on the day commencing at midnight or at dawn, but the beginning of the pre-Romanied day, which falls of the previous eve, December 20th.

Before the scientific revolution many forms of observances; astronomical, symbolic or ritualistic, had evolved according to the beliefs of various cultures. Many of which are still practiced today. For other Winter observances see List of winter festivals at wikipedia.

Journey with me in 100% pure love and light as we observe this moment in time.

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avatar Danny Morales December 21, 2009 at 11:27 am

“Freakin’ OB Hippies! The video however…well, my memory of trees is watching them burn baby burn” – Bill Ding

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avatar Sunshine December 21, 2009 at 7:46 pm

bless the hippies and flower children, every one! Let’s hope the tree on your head doesn’t catch fire…..8]

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avatar Shawn Conrad December 23, 2009 at 8:55 am

Danny actually has the Tree of Life growing from his skull. Interesting dude, but hard to load in a car.

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avatar tlrelf December 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm

It’s a powerful time. . .then there’s Mercury Retrograde, according to my friend, the astrologer. . .

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avatar Sunshine December 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

Again this year I celebrated Winter Solstice. not for its pagan roots as much as for the hope I find in knowing the shortest sunlight day of the year has arrived and passed. once again the sunlight will linger longer each day on earths’ face and light the way for us all.

winter solstice 2010 occurred on the same day is year as a total lunar eclipse. according to SpaceWeather.com this is a very rare occurrence indeed that hasn’t happened but once before since year 1 in our modern calendar. according to NorthPoint Astrology, “If you’ve tapped in to the energies this morning (12/21/10), you may have felt the difference. Something has changed since yesterday. In between yesterday and today we had our Gemini Lunar Eclipse, which opened portals of communication. How we use those openings is the next step.”

one more reason to get out those “naturally fallen” oak logs and utilize the firepits on the beach. commercialism be damned. I’ll be at the firepits enjoying the warmth of celebration and sunlight and sharing the love with my fellow obceans.

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avatar rak December 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I like to celebrate two other events, too – the earliest sunset and the latest sunrise. I used to think that those events coincided with the solstice, but when I checked the almanac, I discovered that’s not the case. The earliest sunset this year was around December 3rd. Our evenings have been getter lighter since then. An almanac will show the same time for sunset for a period of about eight days. The one I looked at (www.timeanddate.com) for San Diego showed 4:42 pm from Nov. 30th through December 7th so I just take a day around the midpoint. The same almanac shows a 6:52 am sunrise from January 5th through January 12th, so I’m saying the latest sunrise will be around January 8th. Our mornings will still be getting darker until then, but hey, that’s another opportunity to celebrate when it arrives!

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avatar Sunshine December 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm

hey rak, what do you do to celebrate the latest sunrise (1/8/11)? any time honored traditions? any outrageous fun? or do you just make up something each year. one more reason to celebrate sounds good to me. do share…

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avatar layne December 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Can anyone share who the artist is who drew the mandala.
I’d like to know more about it. It has Chalice’s in it –
Thanks

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avatar Sunshine January 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm

hey there layne,
im not sure where i found this fantastic mandala….most likely googles “mandalas to color” and it came up.

I’m living in paradise these days (northern cal) yet will always cherish my time in OB.
Peace

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