The longest night of the year approaches
This Friday marks the Winter Solstice. Celebration and veneration of the Winter Solstice goes back in time to the earliest days of man. You can consider it the original holiday celebration. But what is the meaning of the Winter Solstice?
The Winter Solstice is when, due to the Earth’s axial tilt, the Sun’s maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest for the year. The result of this makes the Winter Solstice, the shortest day/longest night of the year. It occurs approximately around December 21st – 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere and around June 20th – 22nd in the Southern Hemisphere, depending on the position of the Sun.
Astronomically, the Winter Solstice occurs when, according to the Tropical Zodiac, the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn in the Northern Hemisphere, or the sign of Cancer in the Southern Hemisphere. The Sun’s transits into Capricorn and Cancer mark both the Winter and Summer Solstices, respectively in the North and vice versa in the South.
The Winter Solstice has been honored and celebrated across many cultures throughout the world. Also called Midwinter or Yule, this longest night of the year meant that a New Year was beginning and warmer and longer days lay ahead, which would lead to crops, food, and survival. The Winter Solstice marked the point in the year when all would be brighter in the days to come.
Happy Solstice and New Year to All!
by Sara x7274