by Carol Allen
I don’t know about you, but I’m bundled up good.
Seriously, I look like a crazy bag lady or something. I’m wearing the works – hat, scarf, sweater, leggings, thick socks with long underwear – layers galore.
I’ve got the heater blasting, and all my pets (my dog and three cats) are lying on heating pads in their little pet beds.
(They LOVE these, by the way – just be sure to keep them set on “low” so you don’t B.B.Q. Fluffy and Rover…)
Because we’re in the Northern Hemisphere, and tonight is the LONGEST and coldest night of the year! (Yes, even in sunny Los Angeles…)
That’s right – it’s the Winter Solstice.
Now, if you don’t know, the history of the Winter Solstice is steeped in ASTROLOGY.
Before I tell you why, let me tell you what causes the Solstice.
You’d think since it’s the coldest night of the year because it’s when the Earth is the furthest from the Sun. Not true.
Amazingly, we’re a whopping THREE million miles closer to the Sun than during the summer. It’s colder because the Earth’s axis is tilted AWAY from it.
And on the Winter Solstice, our “tilt” gets as far from the Sun as it’s going to get, before we start “tilting” the other way again.
But before we start heading in the other direction, the Sun appears to STOP MOVING on the Winter solstice.
In fact, the word “Solstice” comes from Latin, and means “the standing still of the sun.” “Sol” means sun, and “sistere” means to stand still.
And the Sun stays seemingly “frozen” in the sky for three days.
Now, imagine you’re an ancient person, with no television, radios, electricity (no heating pads for your pets!), no satellites, no NASA website, etc. and you look up at the sky and you notice that the Sun has stopped moving.
The night is SUPER LONG and VERY COLD and you start thinking – “Okay, THIS IS IT. The gods have decided my peoples don’t deserve to live anymore. They’ve KILLED the Sun, and life as we know it will cease.”
So, every day you FRANTICALLY check the sky – but no change.
Day one… you’re starting to panic. Day two… you’re praying constantly. Day three… you’re just sure all hope is lost. Somebody REALLY screwed up for the gods to be this upset.
And then… you behold a MIRACLE.
On day four, December 25th, the Sun seems to start “moving” again, as though reborn.
You’re SO overjoyed, that you and everyone you know have wild feasts and make offerings of gifts to the divine, and then each other, in the hope that all of your celebrations inspire favor with the gods…
So they NEVER kill the Sun again.
Now, if you’re thinking, “That’s funny, feasting and gift giving is what we do at this time of year…”
then you’re right!
Our holiday festivities in December, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or Saturnalia all have their origins tied to the Solstice in some way.
So, whatever holiday you celebrate at this magical, mystical time of year, I wish you all the good things the Solstice symbolizes – renewal, rejoicing, celebrations with loved ones, and a sense of peace and hope for the new year ahead.
And may God and his planets and stars shower you and yours with love!
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