Christmas comes to different places at the same time, but the time zones differ
Celtic Women is one of those musical experiences that are wonderful any time of the year by they really shine at this time of year. I hope you all enjoy the music and I wish you all much happiness, hope, kindness, compassion with a huge mixture of laughter this season.
May all of our hearts be filled with the joy of the music.
Blessed be, Barbara
The Solstice is the shortest day of the year. It has been celebrated for centuries because as the wheel of the year turns, the power of the god weakens. Tomorrow the goddess takes charge and it will be daylight a little longer. We celebrate the return of the goddess because with her she brings light and warmth. As the wheel of the year slowly turns, she fills Mother Earth with lush, green, fragrant life. She indeed brings life back to earth. Seeds are planted and the people celebrate the joy of her warm sun. So be joyful and happy because the wheel continues to turn. Blessed be, Barbara
Here comes the dark. The winter solstice — marking the longest night and shortest day of the year — is Monday night.
The solstice occurs at the same instant everywhere on Earth. In the United States, it happens at 11:48 p.m. ET Monday (or 10:48 p.m. CT, 9:48 p.m. MT and 8:48 p.m. PT).
In Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, that means the solstice actually comes on Tuesday.
The winter solstice is the precise moment the Northern Hemisphere is tilted its farthest from the sun all year, and usually occurs near the day when there is the least amount of daylight and the most darkness.
One of the most famous solstice celebrations occurs at the ancient Stonehenge ruins in Wiltshire, England, where druids, pagans and other revelers gather each year to celebrate the event.
The solstice is the astronomical beginning of winter — the start of the coldest three months in the Northern Hemisphere — even though meteorologists view winter as starting Dec. 1. After the solstice, the days slowly start to get longer again.
It’s the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, where Dec. 21 marks the longest day of the year and the beginning of astronomical summer.
Winter’s shortest day, however, is typically not the coldest day of the year. There is a lag between the shortest day of the year and the coldest average temperatures for most spots in the USA.
This lag in temperature occurs because even though the amount of daylight is increasing, the Earth’s surface continues to lose more heat than it receives from the sun. In most locations across the country, the minimum daily temperature occurs around two or three weeks later, in early to mid-January.
For example, the coldest days in Boston, on average, are Jan. 17-26. In Chicago, it’s Jan. 17-20, and in Miami, it’s Jan. 2-22. At the end of January, more heat finally begins arriving than leaving, and days slowly start to warm up.
The Earth’s tilted axis causes the seasons. During the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, the land north of the equator is tilted away from the sun, which lowers the amount of the sun’s energy warming the Northern Hemisphere.
And why is the Earth tilted? It’s probably the result of collisions with various proto-planets and other massive objects during the formation of the solar system billions of years ago, according to NASA. Just a bit unsettling to realize that the reason the Earth has the perfect temperature for life to form is a few random collisions with other space rocks a few eons ago.
In the meantime, happy solstice!
The Transiberian Orchestra is a very unusual band. I have seen them in concert twice and it was a tremendous experience both times.They take music up into the clouds.They so travel around the country and world so you could also see them if you wished to. So get comfortable, relax and let the Orchestra transport you to a higher dimension.
Barbara, the Idealistic Rebel
Speak your truth.
Listen when others speak theirs, too.
when you let go of fear, you will learn to love others;
and you will let them love you.
Do not be afraid of dying.
But do not be afraid to live.
Ask yourself what that means.
Open your hearts to love, for that is why you’r here.
And know that you are, and always have been One
with Me and all who live.
— Melody Beattie, author
Let us be united;
Let us speak in harmony;
Let our minds apprehend alike.
Common be our prayers;
Common be the end of our assembly;
Common be our resolution;
Common be our deliberations.
Alike be our feelings;
Unified be our hearts;
Common be our intentions;
Perfect be our unity.
—Rig Veda, Hindu
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