domingo, 19 de dezembro de 2010

Winter Solstice - Beltane, The Eclipse and New Year

(Artwork by Don Dixon)

At the first hours of December 21st, 2010, North and South americans will be able to witness a spacial event that has last occured in the Winter Solstice of 1638.

The Eclipse will be total, starting at 2 am, GMT -3, and reach it's full cover at 5 am, GMT -3.

Thanks to the Daylight Saving time currently up, It will be still night in brazil, so we shall be able to see it!

Source: Wikipedia. Click here for a better view!

So what's the big deal about this?

Total eclipses are rare, those into enough geekness know. But what fascinates me isn't just that, but the date i'ts goign on.

The Winter Solstice in the Northen Hemisphere, or Summer Solstice in the Southen, is a pagan holiday celebrated by several ancient religions.

I can't help but being overwhelmed, specially being a huge fan of Mists of Avalon; The holiday celebrates rebirthing of the soul.

It is said that the date for Christmas being December 25th was a way of adapting the pagans into Christianism; Taking traditional celebrations from paganism and turning them into the new religion's helped with making them attach to the religion of Christ.

Personally, I still rather the Winter Solstice.

The famous Stonehenge was built as a sun observatory for rituals of such celebrations, as far as I know. I believe it's very likely a gigantic year-wise solar clock.

Also relating to the new year, this Eclipse seems to be the announcing approach of the year that is soon to come. Netherless, tonight points to all form of renewals, introduced by one of the most beautiful beings in our sky.

For us, southern people, the 21st december is also the longest day of the year.

So for those on summer vacation, dont forget some sunblocker for Tuesday and binocles for tommorow!


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