For those of us in more Northern climes, the Winter Thermstice, or Imbolc, means ice and snow. Even though many of us have known about the unique, delicate, 6-fold beauty of snowflakes since childhood (for many, it’s a very common elementary school art topic), I’m reminded yet again of the beauty and wonder which our Universe gives us in snowflakes, and that they can bring us joy throughout our lives.
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Here comes New Year’s Eve! What will you make from it? A fun evening? A window into the vastness of space and time? Steps towards a better life, a better you? Even as the Omicron mutation keeps many of us at home this New Year’s Eve, all of these are possible!
Happy Winter Solstice, or Yule! Of course, our spherical planet also gives us the beautiful symmetry of the Summer Solstice (Litha) being celebrated now by our Southern Hemisphere friends. With the exact Solstice moment at 4 pm (UTC) on December 21st, the longest night for most of those in America is the night of the 20th, but for some in Eastern North America, and certainly most of Eurasia, the longest night is tomorrow night, the night of the 21st. This is different for every time zone, and is easy to figure out. If the instant of the Solstice is in the morning (before noon) in your local time zone, then the longest night is the night before. If it’s in the afternoon or evening, the the longest night is the night after the Winter Solstice for you.