Monday, December 20, 2010

A solstice by any other name....

 Sivia Harding's Moonshadow
....would be as white...maybe, maybe not.  Actually a few years ago it was very green and warmish.  There was no snow, no skiing and well it looked like the vernal equinox. I wrote about it then. Here's the link.

So this year it is quite different. There's lots of snow and bitter winds with little sun and long cold nights; but it is still my favourite day of the year. It is the day when the earth turns on its axis and starts to head back north and yes the saddest day of the year for me is around June 21, the summer solstice, because the sun begins to leave the north - the beginning of the end!

Winter Solstice from Heartstrings
This year, though the solstice will be special - here's why - from the CBC -

"This year's winter solstice on Tuesday will fall on the same day as a full lunar eclipse for the first time in 456 years..." The moon will appear "red" and it will virtually be a full moon!

Get something on those needles because it'll be awesome!!

The word solstice actually means - the sun standing still - so for one brief moment the sun will stand still, the moon will be red and round, the earth will pause between the moon and the sun and the heavens will hold their collective breath. This will be around 3:00AM - EST. So if you are up, seize the moment, hold the thought, do something that you won't be able to do for another 456 years!

Dinner? Something ethereal! Well, I think that it has to be mashed potatoes because they always remind me of angels - seriously - and maybe salmon - I was thinking moonfish - but salmon is readily available and red - sort of. I am avoiding poultry, because of the turkey in a few days - but add something green and the heavens are yours!!!

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