Merry Solstice!

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. It occurs when the sun’s daily maximum height in the sky is at its lowest, and the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun.   It’s happening today,  Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM CST.

 

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The Winter Solstice is unique among days of the year — the time of the longest night and the shortest day. The dark triumphs, sort of, but only briefly, and the Solstice is the turning point. From now on (until the Summer Solstice, at any rate), the nights grow shorter and the days grow longer, the dark wanes and the Sun waxes in power. From the dark womb of the night, the light is born.

Many of the customs associated with the Winter Solstice derive from stories of a mighty battle between the dark and the light, which is won, naturally, by the light.

 

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We have devised a new tradition to celebrate the New Year that starts on this Solstice Day:  Casey is choosing a special, large, log for our night-time fire.  We will write our hopes and wishes on it.  As it burns,  those dreams will be released to return to us in 2015.

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We will consider our small spot on the wheel of life and thank The Lord for Love and Light in our lives.  We will drink warm,  mulled cider, spiked with bourbon, until we begin to sing…

 

WASSCOME

 

Okay, Okay, so Casey won’t actually sing….in fact, he’s got a terrible cold and cough right now, so the wassail will be a toddy for him.  Still, it is good to mark the changing of the seasons and to make a conscious effort to let our lights shine, overcoming our darkness, and lending a guiding beacon to those who need it.

 

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Vernal Equinox, 2013

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Spring, 2013.  Today  we will be seeing 12hours and 8 minutes of daylight;  Sonnystone sunrise was at 6:53am and sunset is scheduled for 7:01pm.  The weatherman has predicted a mix of sunshine and clouds…

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I researched this whole equinox and it is waywayway over my head…here’s from wikipedia:

“At the equinox, the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator (i.e. declination 0) and ecliptic intersect.”

Then they give the formula, but I’m just shaking my head and wondering who actually figured all this stuff out?  and glad they did…

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However impressive the astronomy may be,  it is currently 28 degrees here at The Acres and I’m trying not to be tooo grumpy that our predicted high is 37 (20 degrees below average).    Last year the warm started early and I had hoped it was a trend…

The budding shrubs and flowers bloom away without any hesitation, warm or cold; the birds have started their flight to their nesting homes without checking the weather channel.   Those signs are as sure as the astrophysics and something I can understand.

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So the seasons change…the wheel turns…  (but hurry on out, Winter, and let Spring in!!)

i see the moon…

and the moon sees me, down through the shade of the old oak tree.  Please let the light that shines on me shine on the ones i love…

later that evening…

lonely moon (with jupiter)

lonely moon (with jupiter)

don’t you worry if people call you crazy, ’cause everyone’s  crazy

and lonely, too.

like their mothers, like their fathers,

everyone’s crazy under a lonely moon…