Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

A Winter Solstice Ritual For Reflection & Release

A Winter Solstice Ritual For Reflection & Release

"Though most refer to the solstice as an entire day, in reality, the solstice is defined as a single moment: when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Capricorn", writes Google on its Google Doodle Blog, "This year, that moment will occur at 16:28 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)".

What's the difference between a solstice and an equinox? On the day of the solstice, the sun stops its southerly migration and appears to rise in the same spot for a few days (sun stands still). So maybe today, we should all take our cues from the mouse, and opt for warm inside settings, rather than the bleaker outside world.

The Winter Solstice is also the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

It was traditionally celebrated by Celtic priests, known as Druids, and each year thousands gather at sacred site Stonehenge to mark the pagan celebration.

In ancient Rome, Saturnalia was a week-long festival of light running up to the winter solstice, where the social order was turned on its head - masters served their slaves, gambling was permitted and debauchery reigned.

All over the world, it is the turning point - when the nights reach their longest in the global north, and the days their longest in the global south.

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But what is the solstice exactly? These lines are important, because they help people navigate and measure time.

In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are flipped compared to ours. This tilt causes each hemisphere to receive different amounts of sunlight throughout the year as our planet orbits the sun.

The winter solstice occurs at the moment the Earth's tilt away from the sun is at a maximum.

Since the earth is tilted on a 23.5° angle, it makes sense.

Imagine the Earth rotating on its axis, but as it does so, it also moves a little further along its orbit around the Sun. That makes the latitudes of +23.5° and -23.5° special. Most of its movement is carried in the east-west direction or parallel to the Earth's equator. They noticed how the sun arced its way across the sky.

For two million years, humans have feasted on the energy of the sun. The days are reversed in June (usually, but not always, June 21). In Chicago, it's January 17-20, and in Miami, it's January 2-22.

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