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Blessings at Solstice

21 Dec 00 - 10:39 AM (#361050)
Subject: Blessings at Solstice
From: Peg

May you all find solace and warmth as the sun returns...

May the dark and silence of winter fill you with thoughts profound and remembrances dear...

May your budding trees be safe from the winds and ice of winter...

May your birds and squirrels find seeds and nuts and suet to nourish them in this lean season...

May your loved ones treasure one another as they gather, far and near, by sight or sound, with voices and embraces, in this time of hope and renewal...

May you enjoy the bright, glittering magic of winter, its pale sunsets, its brilliant dawns, its bracing winds, its silvery skies...

May you be blessed in the season of eternal green.


21 Dec 00 - 10:47 AM (#361058)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: katlaughing

Thank you, Peg. That is really beautiful and I would wish the same for you.

BB,

kat


21 Dec 00 - 10:49 AM (#361062)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: MMario

*grin* lovely wishes.... I wish someone would "bless" the local oppossum away from eating all our cats food though. *He* is having a marvelous winter season.


21 Dec 00 - 11:49 AM (#361107)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: mousethief

Thanks, Peg! Lovely thoughts!

Happy Solstice to anyone who cares, and hurray for the return of the Sun!

Veni, Sol!

Alex


21 Dec 00 - 12:37 PM (#361131)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Gypsy

Winter is broken! We are leaving the tunnel of darkness behind. Hurray for the solstice!


21 Dec 00 - 01:09 PM (#361163)
Subject: Blessings!!
From: Clinton Hammond2

It seems kinda silly to me though, that this marks the middle of winter... We're gonna have snow on the ground from now till march... and we didn't get snow till late November... How in the hell does that make Dec 21st the middle of winter, you tell me?!?!

That aside, any excuse for good wishes, food and drink shared with old friends and sympathetic magic that get's good and sympathetic eh!!

Keep shoveling folks! Spring is coming someday!

;-)


21 Dec 00 - 01:14 PM (#361167)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Morticia

Today is the shortest day,Clinton.The nights can't pull in any more than they have and , as long as the sun rises tomorrow ( and many of us are taking certain measures to persuade it to do same)then, Spring is on it's way!!! This is a night of profound joy to cold and dark haters like me.......Solstice Blessings to all my friends here and may the Dark Lords reign be short.


21 Dec 00 - 01:27 PM (#361176)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Jim the Bart

Thanks and blessings on you all.

Bart


21 Dec 00 - 01:36 PM (#361184)
Subject: Solstice
From: Clinton Hammond2

see, I'm torn... I LOVE the cold and the dark much better than I can stand the heat and humidity and the "nasssty yellow face" of summer... but Solstice is a great excuse for a good party with a great rubbing of parts!!

LOL!!
;-)


21 Dec 00 - 01:58 PM (#361196)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Matt_R

I find this all very funny! Where is this supposed dark? It's darker in April here than it is in December! And short? Today feels like any other day!


21 Dec 00 - 02:07 PM (#361202)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: MMario

Matt - today has the shortest amount of possible daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. Yes, subjectively March and April can be "darker" in that they are often overcast. But there is no denying that the sun rises later and sets earlier today then the rest of the year (for half the world at least)

of course it is "midsummer's day" in the Southern hemisphere. Longest day and shortest night.


21 Dec 00 - 02:12 PM (#361208)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: InOBU

Tha must na tell the priest,
for he would think it a sin
But we've been out in the woods all night
to conjure the new year in!

Slan agus beanacht,
Lor


21 Dec 00 - 02:13 PM (#361211)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: NightWing

Merry meet!

May the light of the season be with you ... whichever light you see. Brightest of blessings to all!

Blessed Be,
NightWing


21 Dec 00 - 02:19 PM (#361217)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Matt_R

Sorry 'bout that! But hey, if there are Christmas Curmudgeons, I guess I'm a Solstice Curmudgeon! HA HA!

--Matt (celebrating by kicking alien butt on Quake II)


21 Dec 00 - 02:21 PM (#361220)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Clinton Hammond2

InOBU

That's the rubbing of parts I was getting at!

LOL!!

;-)


21 Dec 00 - 02:37 PM (#361226)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Jeri

Matt, go back to remedial astronomy. The winter solstice is the time when the period of sunlight (day) is its shortest in the northern hemisphere because of the the angle of the earth relative to the sun. I find it pretty funny you've never noticed it gets light out earlier and stays light later in summer than winter.

Thanks Peg - beautiful words. Almost all of us welcome the prospect of light and warmth, and dream of rainbow-jeweled spring. Happy Solstice.


21 Dec 00 - 03:44 PM (#361270)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Hollowfox

Blessings to all, and a gentle winter. Mary BB


21 Dec 00 - 03:48 PM (#361273)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Matt_R

Ooops sorry Jer...I was too busy pondering dark matter and the Hubble constant.


21 Dec 00 - 04:02 PM (#361293)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: mousethief

In photography class?


21 Dec 00 - 04:12 PM (#361304)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Matt_R

It's Christmas Break---jeez! No classes!


21 Dec 00 - 04:15 PM (#361307)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: MMario

you're on break already? I always got stuck with a final on the 24rth! except one year, it was 3pm on the 23rd.


21 Dec 00 - 04:23 PM (#361315)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Matt_R

Heheheheh! ECU shut down for Christmas break last Friday...and my last final was last Wednesday. We don't go back till Jan 12.


21 Dec 00 - 04:25 PM (#361318)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: mousethief

No classes, and you're thinking about the Hubble constant? You're sick!


21 Dec 00 - 04:27 PM (#361321)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Matt_R

I have been told that, on a number of occasions.


08 Jan 01 - 12:31 PM (#370913)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Homeless

MMario - I hate to disagree with you, but the solstice is neither the latest sunrise nor the earliest sunset. It is merely the day in which the sunrise and set are closest together. If you go here, you'll find a link to get a table of the sun rise/set times in your area for an entire year (along with moon phases, sun positions, and other astronomical curiosities). If you run the table you'll see the latest sunrise is about 2 weeks after the solstice and the earliest sunset is 2 weeks before.


08 Jan 01 - 12:40 PM (#370917)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: MMario

I stand corrected. tried to get too detailed.


08 Jan 01 - 01:23 PM (#370945)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Ringer

InOBU: how did Rudyard Kipling get that accent?


08 Jan 01 - 04:55 PM (#371084)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Homeless

MMario - don't feel bad- it was a surprise to me when I found out only a couple weeks ago. I was also confused by there being an exact minute at which the solstice occurred since I'd always thought the solstice was "the shortest day." Aren't words with multiple meanings wonderful?


08 Jan 01 - 05:42 PM (#371127)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: GUEST,crowsong

we celebrated in iowa city with a potluck, some folk music and a womb room in the darkest corner of our basement. it was made cozy and warm with a mattress, red blankets, quilts and pillows and lots of red candles and tapestries. it was a space for meditating on what we would all like to "birth for this coming year". it pleases me greatly to know that round this green jewel the solstice is honored still. blessed be. thanks for the beautiful words.


09 Jan 01 - 02:20 PM (#371582)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: GUEST,Bearheart

I know it's a little late but I've been out of town a lot...

I'm grateful for the good words of those who share the path and the blessings of the good things of the season---walking in silent woods blanketed by snow, candlelight to meditate by, cosy places to practice hibernating in, full moon shining on snow in company with thousands of stars, family and friends to celebrate with, and having enough during the hard dark time.

Bekki


09 Jan 01 - 03:56 PM (#371650)
Subject: RE: Blessings at Solstice
From: Hollowfox

Great idea, Crowsong! And good to have you back, Bearheart. Seasons greenthings to you both.