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Morning Coffee Talk~ 21/365

Good Morning,

Today the Winter Solstice takes place at 10:59 local time here in Germany. Our beautiful planet will start to swing her hips back the other way and tilt her axis to begin our journey into longer days. We start the astronomical winter today and changes are expected to happen, well because they actually do.

‘Solstice’ comes from the latin Solstitium mean literally ‘sun stand still’. Between summer time and now we saw the sun’s path in the sky move gradually from north to south. For a few days before and after the solstice, the sun’s path appears to show no change, so it stands still, before starting to change northwards, as our days get longer.

This is all incredibly fascinating to me, and we can never say that the celestial bodies we live on and around are ever boring. So much tradition and folklore exists throughout history about this event, but for us here now, I just want to acknowledge it, light a candle to signal the start of longer days and welcome the winter and what new possibilities my be lying in store for us.

Image taken on a bridge in Maastricht, Netherlands.

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Happy Winter Solstice~

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Day Three Hundred Thirty Two, December 20, 2011

the shortest of days

The longest of nights, the shortest of days, the herald of rebirth, the winter solstice is upon us. Our planet is reaching its maximum axial tilt to our star, the sun and after this day it begins to reverse its course towards longer days and shorter nights. This time of year is so auspicious when we think about it, when we pull ourselves away from thoughts of the man in the red suit and what he has in his bag for us, or what damage we have done to your credit cards because someone said we had to. It is a time of magic, of rebirth, of new beginnings and of witnessing a greater power at work, a power that is in the business of creating and engineering planets, suns and stars…

have a wonderful winter solstice my friends.