Winter Solstice . . . an Astronomical Phenomenon and a Special Moment inTime

holiday_2016_web_blog_1000pxWinter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June.

The solstice may have been a special moment of the annual cycle for some cultures even during neolithic times. Astronomical events were often used to guide activities such as the mating of animals, the sowing of crops and the monitoring of winter reserves of food. Many cultural mythologies and traditions are derived from the pagan Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe celebrated a twelve-day “midwinter” (winter solstice) holiday called Yule (also called Jul, Julblot, jólablót, midvinterblot, julofferfest). Many modern Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree, the Christmas wreath, the Yule log, and others, are direct descendents of Yule customs.

My image below was taken from the top of Sandia Peak In Alburguerque NM. With it’s foreground view of the mountain edges below and the valley below that . . . looking off into the low hanging clouds  and sky above . . . it creates a feeling of awe in me.  Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Holidays!   Click on the image below for a larger View.

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View from the top of Sandia Peak that seems to suggest an off world look. © 2016 sylvester Garza – All rights Reserved!