The winter solstice (or hibernal solstice), also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. It occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June Solstice.
More evident from higher latitudes, a hemisphere’s winter solstice occurs on the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year, when the sun’s daily maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest. Although the winter solstice itself lasts only a moment in time, the term sometimes refers to the day on which it occurs. Other names are “midwinter”, the “extreme of winter” (Dongzhi), or the “shortest day”. In some cultures it is seen as the middle of winter, while in others it is seen as the beginning of winter. In meteorology, winter in the Northern Hemisphere spans the entire period of December through February. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening hours of daylight during the day. The earliest sunset and latest sunrise dates differ from winter solstice, however, and these depend on latitude, due to the variation in the solar day throughout the year caused by the Earth’s elliptical orbit (you can search earliest and latest sunrise and sunset). Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied across cultures, but many have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.
May the light that reemerges here on our beautiful mother earth serve us all and help ease the pain and suffering which is rampant in our world.
May we all remember who we are, how magnificent we are underneath the armor we have constructed to survive this world. May we all start to understand how connected we are to our planet and how our health as a society and humans is deeply connected to her health.
May love and light fill your hearts and may you know deep in your heart that you are not alone, that you matter and that each of us comes to this planet offering their gift. What is yours?
Welcome Solstice 2018. May the change to New Earth and new way of Being……. begin.
Love Jane and Joshua and the Healing Connections Team