Cheer up! While today will be the shortest day in terms of daylight, tomorrow we will begin adding moments of light to our individual worlds. Why and how that happens has to do with the tilt of the Earth and where the Sun is in relation to the Earth. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun is at its farthest point South of the Equator hovering somewhere over the Tropic of Capricorn 23 degrees S latitude.
Pagans celebrated the Winter Solstice with all kinds of rituals so if you can’t make to Stonehenge today you might want observe:
- Light a special candle
- Ring some bells
- Write down a wish, throw the wish in the fire and release it to the fates.
My interest in the seasons and stars came from my 7th and 8th grade history teacher who had been a Commander on a PT Boat in WWII. Instead of teaching History, he taught us how to navigate using the stars, maps/charts and even shooting the sun with a sextant. It was really interesting and I loved it. Amazingly, it is knowledge that I continue to use, albeit occasionally, today. By just looking to the sky, you can learn to orient yourself and find your place on Earth.
Ah, If it were only that easy…
Whatever you do today, please get excited about the Solstice. Ancient Man lived in a state of nature for a long time and recognized the need to respect this great World and Universe we live in. Let’s show the same respect today and celebrate Winter’s big astronomical event. Embrace Winter. There will even be a Lunar eclipse.
Get outside, look up at the night sky, breath in that crisp air and give Old Man Winter a great big Hug!