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Winter Solstice

We have approached the winter solstice in our hemisphere; a day which has takes place on December 21. An anniversary to be celebrated.

We are here in Wales. The morning has come beaming down on the Gorsedd stones in Sketty bringing the longest night of the year. It is our ancestors that celebrated this season as the “Yule” before it became known as “Christmas.”

So, this is the winter solstice. It’s the onset of the seasons over the length of a full year; it is the last and the cycle in the season of our winter.

For the next three days, December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, the Sun will rise and set on the exact same latitude, on the exact same day and the exact time and the same degree for three days.

And in this winter cycle, it is the time it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun in a year or 365.25 days.

We will celebrate our fourth cycle together in this precession of the equinoxes resulting in this day, a difference in the Earth’s orbital on this one day.

We are the measure of these cycles under this fixed background of stars; Taking a solar year for the sun to reappear again; returning to this same position in the sky again.

Could these be the same stars that appeared over 2000 years ago over a little town called Bethlehem…Oh star of wonder.

And they say there are 1,440 within the minutes of a day, and only minutes between the solar years. This is the eve of our winter solstice.

These dates have been recorded for the last 26,000 years by the ancients. Stonehenge is proof of the equinoxes and the solstices shifting and repeating backwards in the calendar.

The winter solstice are the days and nights becoming the winter under this moon and these stars above;

The winter solstice is the reference point for the timing of the celebrations of Christmas and all the times we share together here in Wales

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Do you mean What is Wales?

Wales is part of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, but the Welsh are Welsh, not English

Never refer to the Welsh as English…
When you interact with Welsh locals, refrain from saying ‘England’ when you mean Britain or the UK, and don’t using it as a blanket term to refer to all inhabitants of the British Isles either.

For instance, it’s like calling an Australian a Kiwi or referring to a Texan as a Yankee and it could ruffle a few feathers over a pint.

The Welsh are able to speak both Welsh and English, roughly one-fifth of the population speaks Welsh.

The Welsh language is one of the oldest Celtic in Europe and recognised as the country’s official language by the Wales National Assembly.

Belief 

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Belief is the ability to put our will to work. It allows us to overcome most of the struggles that are set before us.

For many of us, it seems; there are certain life challenges that may seem like a series of struggles, but maybe if we took our time to change the way we think instead of letting it take over us, then perhaps even the more difficult challenges might not seem so difficult after all.

It’s from there where we find our strength in our passions, to overcome that give us this power of the will to achieve victory rather than defeat in the challenges we face every day.

I wonder how will is garnered. Is will resistance or just letting events stream over us without changing.

Sometimes my struggle changes, and from acceptance of a weakness I can move-on faster than by avoidance.

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