Summer Solstice Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions

The summer solstice usually occurs on June 21st and is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also the longest day of the year. Some people feel that with more sunlight their mood and energy get a boost. Historically, the summer solstice is one of the most sacred days of the … Continue reading Summer Solstice Traditions, Beliefs and Superstitions

Celebrating the Solstice and Endless Summer

As a year ends, we often look back on what we have experienced. That review may bring to mind what we have accomplished and good memories. It may include regrets, things undone, and things we wish we could forget. In this month’s writing prompt at my Poets Online e-zine, I noted an old poem (1784), … Continue reading Celebrating the Solstice and Endless Summer

Solstice Fires

Winter solstice 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 5:02 AM (10:02 UTC) on Monday, December 21. What can I say about solstices or the winter solstice specifically that I haven’t said in years past? You’ve probably seen photos of neo-Pagans celebrating at Stonehenge or elsewhere with the solstice sunrise. That’s a kind of … Continue reading Solstice Fires

Make a Viking Toast for the Winter Solstice

There will be about 9 hours and 20 minutes of daylight today in Paradelle. It’s partly sunny but below freezing outside. Some people mark the Winter Solstice with celebration. Optimists, like the ancients, didn’t think of today as the longest night of the year as much as it as the turning point after which nights … Continue reading Make a Viking Toast for the Winter Solstice

Solstice Fireballs

As is often the case here in December, viewing conditions for watching meteor showers recently for the Geminids were lousy – clouds and rain. There’s another chance this week for a smaller event. The annual Ursid meteor shower was visible to some starting earlier this week (clouds and rain for me again) but it typically … Continue reading Solstice Fireballs

Full Moon, Solstice and Meteors

I will be traveling over the weekend and away from my computer, so I’m giving an early post about three upcoming celestial observations . Saturday, December 22, 2018 is our final full moon of the year and it occurs less than a day after the Winter solstice. That is close enough that to most people … Continue reading Full Moon, Solstice and Meteors