Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Rewarding and celebrating ourselves -Winter Solstace

Rewarding and celebrating ourselves -Winter Solstace

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The winter solstace - The Winter Solstice, also known as Midwinter, occurs around December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. It occurs on the shortest day or longest night of the year sometimes said to astronomically mark the beginning or middle of a hemisphere's winter. The word solstice derives from Latin, Winter Solstice meaning Sun set still in winter. Worldwide, interpretation of the event varies from culture to culture, but most hold a recognition of rebirth, involving festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations. Many cultures celebrate or celebrated a holiday near the winter solstice; examples of these include Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Pongal, Yalda and many other festivals of light.[1]


Often since the event is observed as the reversal of the Sun's ebbing presence in the sky, concepts of the birth or rebirth of sun gods have been common and, in cultures using winter solstitially based cyclic calendars, the year as reborn has been celebrated with regards to life-death-rebirth deities or new beginnings such as Hogmanay's redding, a New Years cleaning tradition. Also reversal is another usual theme as in Saturnalia's slave and master reversals.
Looking at information regarding the Solstace I came across a site that had detailed information on this and meditation .

This Queen spoke about the work we need to do during this time, which I was already putting into practice, (ahh! the akashic records).


This is the time for us to reflect inwards by looking back through the ups and downs of the past year

During this time we see television programmes that reflect on the highlights of the year. We need to watch our own best of 2007 so that we can integrate and assimilate our experiences to move forward.

I will be reflecting on my year and the great journey I had to yet again undertake.

Still I rise......

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