solstice occurs in 2016 on
Wednesday, December 21, at
PST (10:45 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
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 8 shortest days?!?!
San Francisco Sun
Data for December 2016 shows there are 8 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.
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 solstice
Exact: Wednesday, December 21
at 2:45am PST (10:45am UT)
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
potent cycle of spiritual approach. Meditate
SouledOut.org 9:00pm PST, Tuesday
12/20 (05:00 Wednesday, December 21 UT),
or join anytime during this 24-hour period.
Use 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.
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Additional Links of Interest
of the December Solstice
The astronomical and meditative timing of this cycle
affects all of Earth and its spiritual evolution.
Solstice and 2017 by Patricia Cota-Robles
Celebration - Online Event Marathon
December 21, 22 and 23
Online Audio Streaming 24/7
Listen Anytime or Download the MP3s
Dec 21-2:29am PST (10:29 UT)
(Begins 15 mins. before the peak soltice.)
Choose a time that suits you.
30-min. recording of music and simple
thoughts is designed to begin 15 minutes
before the peak solstice time. You may
choose to play your own meditation
music or simply meditate in silence.
After 30 minutes of meditation jot
down your impressions and guidance.
With this solstice we are contributing to
both individual and global enlightenment.
We tap into our own spiritual guidance
and meditation experience, to achieve
the common aims recommended on the
provided soundtrack suggested for our
global meditations this coming year.
Each of us has a key role to play.
Love, no matter what.
Together we co-create and launch the Era
of Illumination, which is dawning on Earth.
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 Solstice 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
and Ongoing Global Meditations
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