solstice occurs in 2015 on
Monday, December 21, at 8:49pm
PST (04:49 UT Tuesday,
Dec. 22), when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn.
This is considered the shortest day of the year for those north of
the equator. It's the time when the Sun appears at its southernmost
point in its path around the sky. At this time the Sun has the least
amount of distance to travel from horizon to horizon, hence the shorter
day. Compare the distance traveled by winter Sun in the image
below to the distance traveled by the summer Sun in this image.
means "Sun stands still". The
Sun's path stops shifting far south in the winter and stands still
readying itself to move northward
(vice versa in summer).
Sun and Moon at the Winter Solstice
Gazer graphic made with TheSky
Positions shown at one hour intervals
for mid Northern latitudes.
Paths of the Sun and Moon
winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere the Sun's annual
path across the sky is at its lowest, or closest to the southern
the Moon's path is at its highest north. The Sun
and Moon appear to reverse positions at the summer solstice with
the Sun at its highest north and the Moon at it's lowest south. Image
month the Moon has a northern and southern range of moonrise / set
points. It is at its highest one day and two weeks
later at its lowest. It takes the Sun one year to accomplish
this range of movement. This occurs because the Moon makes a full orbit
around the Earth each month and
follows a similar path across the
sky that takes the Sun a year to complete.
Moon swings its highest for the year near the winter solstice
and its lowest for the year near the summer solstice. We
experienced an extreme high and low 18.6–19 year cycle in
2005 and 2006 called a lunar
standstill season. See Moon
Swings ~ Highs and Lows to learn more.
Does the Sun always rise in the east?
photo by Anthony Ayiomamitis shows the wide swing of
Sun. In Athens, Greece the sunrise from southeast
to northeast varies by more than 65 degrees. The Sun rises due east
only at the time of the spring and autumn equinox.
... Why are there 7 shortest
San Francisco Sun
Data for December 2015 shows there are 7 shortest
days, each with 9 hours and 33 minutes of daylight, December
because the declination of
the Sun changes or varies only slightly during the solstices. The analemma,
an unsymmetrical figure-8 shape of the Suns daily position at
the same time, illustrates this concept with its flattening at both
of daylight (as measured in minutes) is pretty much the same for several
days or more, both at the winter and also the
summer solstice. If you were to do
down to the exact second of time, then the shortest amount of daylight
would coincide with the time of the solstice. Thank-you James Davis
Rao / SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist for these valued insights.
the first days of December feel shorter than the days around the
solstice, its because the Sun sets earlier in the beginning
of December. Most people gauge the length of a day by the time of
the sunset. To
find the total hours and minutes of daylight you must know when
the Sun rises and sets.
Why isn't the earliest sunset on the shortest day?
is bound to expand your horizons.
Warning: You may not achieve
Important Concept: The
day as measured from true solar
solar noon exceeds 24 hours near the solstices.
Learn more about solar
solstice brings longest days for whole Earth
another mind expanding article that takes
one into the realms of clock time and solar time.
Significance of the Winter Solstice
Meditations ~ December Solstice
are a variety of solstice global meditations occurring at various times
during the day. Participate in one or more of these
meditations to strengthen the Light Grid of planet Earth. Those living
in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are participating in December's
December 21 at 8:49pm PST
(04:49 Tuesday, December 22 UT)
Planetary Solstice Meditation
24-Hour Solstice Period:
12 hours before and after the
exact solstice time listed above.
Hierarchy enters meditation in
preparation for the outpouring of Wesak
You are invited to participate in this receptive
planetary meditation and align with the new
cycle of spiritual approach. Meditate
with SouledOut.org 8:49pm
Tuesday, December 22 UT),
or join anytime during this 24-hour period.
a candle or light in a window or sacred
space to represent the spirit being invoked.
This is an opportunity to become aware of
the cosmic energies that are influencing
us and the possibilities they offer
humanity for spiritual evolution.
Additional Link of Interest
Significance of the December Solstice
The astronomical and meditative timing of this cycle
affects all of Earth and its spiritual evolution.
Begins: Dec. 21 at 8:23pm PST
Tuesday, December 22 UT)
Communion of Souls: Dec. 21 at 8:48pm PST
Tuesday, December 22 UT)
30-min. audio meditation is provided.
The recording is designed to begin 25
minutes before the exact solstice time.
In addition 2 images are provided that
participants refer to during the audio meditation.
You may choose to not use the recording and
participate in the Communion of Souls
occurring at the exact equinox time.
[Or ... choose a time of your choice.]
If so, a 15 minute preparatory
meditation is recommended.
“We shall never underestimate the
power of our Union to bring about swift,
near miraculous changes around us.”
World Spirit Day Meditation
Monday, December 21 8:39pm PST
(04:39 Tuesday, December 22 UT)
Love is Greater than Fear!
Reverse the effects of terrorism
and fear by increasing compassion
and love! This years event includes a
local act of love, and
a global dream-in
after our global synchronized meditation.
Night time dreaming is one of our
most potent resources for
inspiration and growth.
Sign Up Here
Solstice Sunrise / Sunset Meditation
December Solstice: Sunset or Sunrise
Monday-Tuesday, December 21-22, 2015
in this World Unity Celebration
TuneIn and LoveConnect 10 minutes before
the sunset or sunrise till 10 minutes after.
One opens the heart to the flow of Universal
Unconditional Love to heal oneself,
all of humanity and the planet.
Global Sunrise Sunset
For the Oceans and the Cetaceans
December Solstice: Anytime
is a beautiful meditation that
includes stunning pictures,
inspirational words and
18 minutes of wonderful music.
Anyone who participates will be
sending as well as receiving a healing!
Animal Meditation Music by Kauwila
December 22 at Sunset
a worldwide link-up of people supporting
environmental and personal awareness.
It is held on the equinoxes and solstices.
Starting at sunset participants are asked to
play or listen to meditative music
(preferably didgeridoos) for 45 minutes
and then sit silently for 15 minutes.
(Be with us in spirit as much as you can
during that hour beginning at sunset.)
This wave meditation starts in New Zealand,
is followed by Australia, Asia, Arab countries,
Israel, Africa, Europe, with America,
Canada, Middle and South America
completing the world wide circle.
Global Sunrise Sunset
Night Winter Solstice
December Solstice Evening
8:00pm-10:00pm Your Time
Night” can increase one's ability to
be still and know, therefore it is included
in this list of global meditations.
Spend an evening by candle light and
take a break from the everyday
hectic pace of life. Turn off lights;
light a candle; make Divine contact.
This biannual solstice event held since
2003, was originally initiated by
several of Japan's environmental non-
governmental organizations. Candle Night
is spreading from Japan to the world.
Lots of ideas about how to enjoy this evening
are included on the Candle Night website.
Solstice Gabriel Meditation
December 21-25, Sunday-Thursday
these sacred days of the Solstice Festival,
call upon the Archangel Gabriel to illuminate your
mind, elevate your Soul, and grant you a Vision.
Seek the Vision of the Inner Sunrise in a late night
meditation. Allow the indigo blue of a clear, cold
starry night to permeate your consciousness.
More meditation details are included.
Learn about the science, mystery
and mysticism of the winter solstice.
and Ongoing Global Meditations
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