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PostSubject: Winter Solstice   Sat 03 Nov 2007, 2:39 pm

Winter Solstice
The shortest day
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Fri 21 Dec 2007, 2:49 pm

That's today Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Sat 29 Dec 2007, 3:51 pm

I think I would prefer to celebrate the Winter Solstace than Christmas, for me it makes a load more sense.

Maybe next year eh?

Can anyone tell me why the shortest day of the year is allegedly the 21st Dec but Winter Solstice is on the 22nd?
(or is it me with my wires crossed again?)

Does anyone celebrate the Winter Solstice?
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Sun 30 Dec 2007, 10:52 am

The wife and i celebrate the Winter solstice, this year she went for a pre dawn walk to an ancient site and welcomed the sun back, I unfortunalty had to go to work.

We usually leave a small offering outside to the gods (pretty much the same as leaving santa and his rendeer a mince pie and a glass of sherry).

I've always understood the 21st to be the shortest day therefore it is the Solstice. You can look on the 22nd as being new years day though.

Look forward now to the Sping Equinox Smile

Happy new year

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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Sun 30 Dec 2007, 10:59 am

Winter Solstice is I believe still celebrated in modern Wiccan tradition.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Mon 31 Dec 2007, 8:05 am

mogg-y wrote:
I think I would prefer to celebrate the Winter Solstace than Christmas, for me it makes a load more sense.

Maybe next year eh?

Can anyone tell me why the shortest day of the year is allegedly the 21st Dec but Winter Solstice is on the 22nd?
(or is it me with my wires crossed again?)

Does anyone celebrate the Winter Solstice?

I wondered if I had just got my days muddled. Unless I'm mistaken, it might have something to do with the 22nd being the first day of lengthening days? I don't quite know.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Mon 31 Dec 2007, 9:19 am

I think the date has changed somewhat over time. The 25th used to be the Winter Solstice in the old Julian Calender. Maybe we need to decide which date it should be.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Mon 31 Dec 2007, 9:53 am

Astornomically, its the 21st (i think)... but it doesnt matter anyway. Nearly all pagans and suchlike follow their own paths so it can be celebrated whenever that particular person wants.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Mon 31 Dec 2007, 11:35 am

This may clear it up. I have found a reference stating that the date changes between the 21st, 22nd and 23rd depending upon the year, therefore, if this is correct it explains the confusion and why the 22nd seems to be commonly referred to as the Solstice as it sits in the middle.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Mon 31 Dec 2007, 12:03 pm

Oh right I see. I must admit I always thought it was the 21st, but then noticed in diaries etc for the last couple of years had said the 22nd.

I had wondered if it had been something astronomical but what you said Ian really makes sense. Smile

If you celebrate it what kinds of things do you do?
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Sun 13 Jan 2008, 4:08 pm

Just looked in this years diary and apparently its on the 21st this year (just in case anyone is interested.... lol)
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Solstice   Tue 15 Jan 2008, 12:54 pm

Remind me nearer the time m8 Smile
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