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