Sunday, December 21, 2014

December Days: 21 The Sun Stands Still

Celestia painting KmBennettArt

 

 

Today is the day of the Winter Solstice. At 3:03 PM (Pacific time) the sun will be at its lowest and closest point to Earth. 

 

Sunset KmBennettArt


The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun's path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction. ~Wikipedia

 

Frost photograph KmBennettArt


Once upon a time, people celebrated the 'death' of the old sun and the 'birth' of a new sun that would grow and lengthen the days filled with warmth and crops. They traveled the village singing songs to their neighbors and were rewarded with cider-punch called 'wassail,' shortbread cookies, and cakes filled with fruits and nuts. The honored few were treated to a seat by the hearth and warmed with heat from the 'Yule log.'

 

Moonscape photo KmBennettArt

 

 

From the gloom of the storm and the weight of the darkness comes the promise of light, love, and prosperity.

 
Sun drawing KmBennettArt

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