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The idea of rebirth has been around for a long time, well before the idea of Christmas was created. The winter solstice marks a point when the amount of sunlight reaching us each day begins to increase after a steady decline since the summer solstice in June. Pagan traditions, some thriving for more than 25,000 years, have recognized and honored this solstice as a passage from darkness to the light, past to present. The Christian celebration of Christmas, inherent with ideals about introducing the light of peace into the darkness of the world, fits beautifully and provides another way of appreciating the importance of the celebration.

Whether the cycle is individual or global, of durations measured in decades or days, periods of darkness and light intersperse; some days you get the bear, on other days the bear gets you.

It’s interesting that in the west we traditionally celebrate through to New Year’s Day where we herald odes to bringing of the new and are want to publicly announce intentions of personal transformation – the old ways will pass to make room for the new.

The last time the winter solstice coincided with a lunar eclipse was back in the 17th century (NASA). When it occurs, the moon appears red as a result of the sun’s light being refracted by the earth before reaching the moon. Pretty cool.

The season (Christmas, Yule, Alban Arthan, etc.) provides an exquisite model with which to see and appreciate the nature of light and dark and how Earth’s natural cycles equate to our individual life cycles; every once in a while there’s even a red moon!


Written by glh

December 20, 2010 at 21:40

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