Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Solstice

Believe what you wish, but there's no denying that this time of year has always been linked to many traditions, ceremonies, and celebrations which were connected to the sun's rebirth. Decorated evergreen trees and the 12 festival days of Yule are just a couple examples of those old celebrations.

This art shows why we have seasons. The globe to the right is where we are now.

Christians did not always celebrate the birth of Jesus as the original focus had been on his resurrection. It's interesting how the birth of the "Son of God" is celebrated at the time of year that many ancient (and not so ancient), cultures celebrated the return or rebirth of the "Sun" which they worshiped as God.

Talk about alignment. It was rained out here on the west coast (bummed I couldn't see it), but a rare lunar eclipse that coincided with this year's solstice happened early this morning. It's been centuries since and will not happen again until 2094. Most people alive today won't see it. Makes you stop and think... and wonder what the world will be like then?

I have to admit, I like the ancients, have always been a bit relieved and happy when the days get longer each day.


lucas said...

Good post. For some more interesting thoughts on the Solstice check out Peter Joseph's movie Zeitgeist. Here's the address to part one. This movie is mind blowing.


Chris K said...

Good video. While it's simplified and everything said about other religions/myths might not be wholly true, I believe the basic premise is correct.

For the longest time, I've thought that the Sun is the local emissary of the creator or God.

lucas said...

I try and take everything with a grain of salt. Just interesting stuff to think about and discuss.

I can dig it...Would that mean that there are thousands and millions of emissaries throughout the solar system, then?

Chris K said...

Yup, but I think you meant universe.

There's 100+ billion stars in just our (Milky Way), galaxy and hundreds of thousands of known visible galaxies. Estimates of galaxies range from 200-500 billion.

I don't know if I'd really call the sun a God. I just know that it's the local source of life and is a pretty direct source of energy from from the cosmos, whatever "it" really is.

I was originally brought up a strict Christian, but don't believe there's an old man in the sky, or any of that superstitious stuff.

We do know that the Sun,this planet, and all it's life wouldn't exist if it weren't for the death of an older star. Heavy elements like gold are proof of that.

As they say, we are star stuff, and maybe one way for the universe to think about itself.