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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar eclipse and Winter Solstice

The year of 2010 has turned out to be special in various ways and another factor to add to that is the fact that December 21 2010 is the only day in thereabout 400 years that we will witness the concurrence of the Winter Solstice with a Lunar Eclipse! It happened last time o December 21 1638 and will not occur again until December 21 2094!

The Lunar Eclipse, which will occur within a couple of hours, will be broadcasted online for those who cannot view in in person. You can follow it (for example) here:

The Winter Solstice brings with it a promise of new light, a new beginning, fertility and hope. It is the longest and darkest nightly day, which in many northern countries gav little hope of seeing the sun light at all.

This is a day when we need to lit candles, and it was this day that during the old calander was celebrated in Scandinavia as an early version of Lucia Day. The day of the Winter Solstice was thought to allow animals to speak, and we asked them for their protection against all the evil spirits that were freed during this dark and never ending night. We lit candles in our houses not only to keep ourselves warm but also to keep bad spirits away. To be strong and enable ourselves and our animals to protect ourselves against the darkness, we had more food than ever on the table as well as in the barn for the animals.

Mind you, the Solstice has been recognized by people as far back as Neolithicum!

So today, we ask you to remember the celebrations of the light, the rebirth of the sun, the return of fertility and growth!

Among those celebrated, we can list a few:

The birth of Mithras in the East
Beiwe in the northernmost part of Scandinavia (Saami fertility and sun goddess)
Pagan Swedish Lucia Day and the sacrificial Midvinterblót (old calander prior to the Christian introduction, the sacrifice included both animals and humans)
The Zoroastrian Maidyarem
The rebirth of Dionysus and the Lenaea festival
Celtic Meán Geimhridh
Roman Deus Sol Invictus
and not to forget the Mesopotamian, Babylonian and Sumerian Zagmuk-Sacaea

So we wish you all a great coming together of the Lunar eclipse and the Winter Solstice - with great expectations and hope of a glorious return of the light!

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