Yesterday also marked the Winter Solstice, the transition between short and long days, dark and light, fire and light.
In Japan, the winter solstice Toji, is a traditional practice centring on starting the cycle of a new year of health and good luck. And in most cultures, there is festive or celebratory practice that occurs leading up to, or on the Solstice.
While I don’t practice ritual around this time of the year, I was mindful of the event yesterday. It seemed somehow linked to the verge of change from one state to another, and for both my events happening on that day.
I have been an eclipse watcher of both sun and moon, sought the best location to view Halley’s Comet, watched shooting stars in inland night skies, seen the Aurora Borealis, and my children both arrived at the large full moon rising.
Sometimes we can connect with celestial events and create significance, but I have to confess that I am largely ignorant of meaning attributed to these events. And my future decisions? Decisions still pending.
Having a strong astronomical practice serves many cultures.
Does the Winter Solstice have special meaning for you? Do you mark astronomic events in some way?
I’d love to know your special significant event,
and if you know about any of mine,
please leave your comment below.