solstice occurs in in 2012 on
Friday, December 21, at
3:12am PST (11:12 UT),
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
the 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
Paths of the Sun and Moon
At the winter
solstice in the Northern Hemisphere the Sun's annual path across the
sky is at its lowest, or closest to the southern horizon, while 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
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.
the Sun always rise in the east?
photo by Anthony Ayiomamitis shows the wide swing of the rising
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. Sun's
... Why are there 7 shortest days?!?!
San Francisco Sun
Data for December 2013 shows there are 7 shortest
with 9 hours and 33 minutes of daylight, between
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 the calculations 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 and Joe
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.
isn't the earliest sunset on the shortest day?
link is bound to expand your horizons.
Warning: You may not achieve full
Important Concept: The
day as measured from true solar noon
to true solar noon exceeds 24 hours near the solstices.
Significance of the Winter Solstice
Meditations ~ December Solstice
Exact: Saturday, December 21 at 9:11am PST (17:11 UT)
(Stay tuned for 2013 update.)
Sunset Friday, 12/20 - Sunset Saturday 12/21
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
potent cycle of spiritual approach.
Join anytime within this 24-hour period.
Use a candle or light in a window 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.
Solstice Sunrise / Sunset Meditation
December Solstice: Sunrise or Sunset
Saturday, December 21, 2013
in this World Unity Celebration
TuneIn and SoulConnect 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 SunsetTimes
For the Oceans and the Cetaceans
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 Solstice at Sunset
Begins: Sept. 22 in New Zealand
Ends: Sept. 21 in South Amerca
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.
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 SunsetTimes
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
is included on the Candle Night website.
Solstice Gabriel Meditation
December 21-25, Thursday-Wednesday
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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with Celestial Delights and Treats!