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Friday, December 21, 2007

 
The Good Sun -- The late writer Tom Nattell had a wonderful essay on the Winter Solstice published in Albany, New York's Metroland a few years back. Late tonight (actually early Saturday morning) at 1:08 AM Eastern Time we welcome the beginning of another year's journey around the sun.

In remembrance of a great writer, and to welcome in the astronomical new year, I want to share this with you.
In the ritual celebrations associated with the winter solstice, the return of the sun is often of paramount concern. The sun is associated with light and life. The tradition of special activities around this time of year to insure the sun’s return appears to go back far into human prehistory. With the dependence of our species on plant and animal life that follow certain cycles with the seasons, it is likely that the mysteries of the solar cycle were appreciated early in the evolution of human consciousness. These festivities and rituals also brought people together, strengthening social bonds that may have been (and for many still are) critical for the individual to mentally and physically survive winter’s onslaught.
Read the full essay in the link above, and may this year's Winter Solstice mark the beginning of a new year for you filled with peace, prosperity and happiness.

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