December 21, 2004

Winter Solstice: 2004

Today, December 21st, 2004 is the Winter Solstice.
Solstice means... standing-still-sun
Winter solstice is when...
...because of the earth's tilt, your hemisphere is leaning farthest away from the sun, and therefore:
The daylight is the shortest.
The sun has its lowest arc in the sky.
When it's winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is directly overhead at noon only along the Tropic of Capricorn, on which lie such places as Sao Paulo, Brazil, southern Madagascar, and areas north of Brisbane, Australia.
Winter solstice for 2004 will occur at 4:42 am PST on December 21. If you want to be precise about it, please be sure to correct for your time zone.
---Teresa Ruano Ancient Origins: Solstice

Source:'s Ancient Origins of Holidays: Winter Solstice

What made the winter solstice so special? Well, it marked the mid-point of winter, and it was one of the four cardinal points of the year, the others being the summer solstice, and the two equinoxes; and in many cultures, all of this had a special metaphysical significance. It was all part of a sensibility about the orderly periodicity of the universe, the oscillation of the yearly cycle, a process of continual birth, death and renewal. All of this mirrored itself in the lives of animals and human beings, too. There is good reason to suspect that funereal rituals and belief in some kind of afterlife evolved, in part, from the perception that nature renewed itself; that crops and plants grew again after the dormancy of winter.
---Conrad F. Goeringer

Source: WINTER SOLSTICE: SUN, MOON AND WORSHIP by Conrad F. Goeringer, December 17, 2000 at the New Jersey Winter Solstice Luncheon.

Posted by niganit at December 21, 2004 8:24 AM
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