solstice occurs in 2019 on
Saturday, December 21, at 8:20pm
PST (04:20 UT 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 4 shortest
Sunset Calendars shows 4 shortest days for San Francisco for December
2019. The "Day length" of each shortest day is 9 hours and
33 minutes, 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.
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
noon to true
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
Exact: Saturday, December 21, 2019
at 8:20pm PST (04:20 UT Dec.
Planetary Solstice Meditation
24-Hour Solstice Period:
12 hours before and after the
Exact solstice time is 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. This 24-hour
period is dedicated to the high meditation taking
place on the inner planes. Join in at any time.
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.
December 21, 2019, Saturday
7:00am-8:30am PST / 15:00-16:30 UT
This year's Winter Solstice has great significance.
We are ending a seven-year cycle and bringing
in new off planet energy for a new phase that
begins in 2020. Unite as a Tribe, re calibrate
your consciousness and carve a new way of
being for you. Spaces are limited for this
free global meditation. Register and
and secure your place.
December 21, 2018
December 21, 2019, Saturday
1:00pm PST / 9:00pm ~ 21:00 UT
with the Forces of Light. See
2019 Global Solstice Meditation
Begins 24 mins. before the exact solstice.
solstice time is listed above
Choose a time that suits you.
recording includes a 15-min.
guided meditation & several inspiring
musical tracks. Please network and
share this invitation widely. The
time has come to turn the page
on the long journey of offering
synchronized global meditations.
There is nothing to do but BE.
This is the time to let go into
the new reality of beingness.
New Group of World Servers Festival
December 21 – 28, 2019
week long observation occurs every 7
years, and is dedicated to all light workers
and our service in the worlds of endeavor.
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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