Winter Solstice is December 21st each year and is one of the oldest celebrated holidays. It marks the first official day of winter and is the shortest day of the year. It's also a period of time when the sun sets and rises in the same part of the sky. In it's simplest form, it's a great day to gather with your friends and family, enjoy each others company and celebrate starting a new winter together! Decorate with a pine tree (or Christmas Tree!), pine cones, winter berries, rosemar...
As we welcome back the Sun God and his light, I wish that light to shine brightly upon you, may you be surrounded in the warm loving arms of The Divine, and feel their presence supporting you in your quest for new. Today is the Winter Solstice! It is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Yuletide Blessings to You and Yours!
The last two weeks in our room have been focused primarily on measurement when it comes to math. We spent two days on this terrific lesson originally created by Marilyn Burns. It was one of my favorite lessons of the year! Students were given various colors of construction paper and each made three fish of …
"It was commonly believed in Scandinavia as late as the end of the 19th century that this was the longest night of the year, coinciding with Winter Solstice. The same can be seen in the poem "A Nocturnal upon S. Lucy's Day, Being the Shortest Day" by the English poet John Donne. While this does not hold for our current Gregorian calendar, a discrepancy of 8 days would have been the case in the Julian calendar during the 14th century, resulting in Winter solstice falling on December 13."
Miki Eleta, clockmaker: La Luna As well as indicating hours, minutes and seconds, weekday, date and month, the timepiece displays moon phase (which only needs correcting after 128 years), signs of the zodiac, the longest and shortest day of the year, and the four seasons. La Luna features a range of materials – gold, chrome, lapis lazuli, blue glass, mother-of-pearl and horn – and has a five-day power reserve.
Herbs: Holly, mistletoe, pine cones, pine needles, oak leaves, Yule log ashes, fir, birch, hazel bark, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, wintergreen Colors: Red, green, white, gold, silver The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day. Yule is deeply rooted in the cycle of the year, it is the seed time of year, the longest night and the shortest day, where the Goddess once again becomes the Great Mother and gives birth to the new Sun King.
. Druid Arthur Pendragon hugs a reveller during the winter solstice at Stonehenge on Salisbury plain in southern England December 21, 2012. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night of the year. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty