December Solstice is winter solstice and is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
December solstice is summer solstice in the southern hemisphere in places like Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.
The year shifts on solstice
Winter solstice brings a return of the light in the middle of the dark season.
Summer solstice marks the most exuberant light and expansive feeling in the year, and then the length of days begins to decrease.
Naturally, the turn around of the year every year is at each of the solstices – the days either are getting longer from the center of winter solstice. We celebrate the return of the light; or the days are getting shorter from the center of summer solstice. Winter and summer solstice will always be marking the shortest and longest days of the year where we live, but the month that the solstice occurs is opposite between the northern and southern hemispheres.
Winter solstice is the center or turn around energy because it is the shortest day of the year and the days begin to get longer from the moment of winter solstice onward for six more months.
We often call it the season of lights because we welcome the returning of light.
The Vedic calendar and Conscious Calendars are marking both the cycles of the moon and the sun for you. This is called a solar-lunar calendar to help you understand the inherent rhythms throughout the year.
(There is symbolic significance as to why the Catholic church chose when Christmas would be – it occurred right in the midst of the ‘return of the light’ and the church also marks ceremonies according to lunar cycles within certain months. This takes into account the cycles of the moon and sun for marking rituals and practices. Likewise the Chinese or Taoist calendar, the Jewish calendar, the Muslim calendar and many more are all solar-lunar to show how unifying our ancient patterns as humans is following the rhythm of the moon and sun.)
Summer solstice is the center or turn around energy because it is the longest day of the year and the days begin to get shorter from the moment of summer solstice onward for six more months.
Summer Solstice (June in northern hemisphere and December southern hemisphere)
Summer solstice marks the longest day of the year which tends to inspire us to be more social, outward, and run on the increased energy available to us during the Yang, or more energetic time of year.
When you begin to notice your vitality cycles, you will notice that summer solstice is the Center of growth cycles in gardens, plants, humans and other animals. Plants tend to ‘bolt’ or are in a growth spurt and begin seeding up to summer solstice. Then the growth begins to plateau. See if you can observe this in the plants around you in your own garden or on your walks.
Naturally, the turn around of the year every year is at each solstice.
Seasons and Meteorological Seasons in the northern hemisphere
Meteorological solstice and astronomical solstice are different than the energetic or circadian response our bodies have.
The meteorologist might call winter solstice the beginning of winter, but it is energetically the CENTER of the season. The energy of spring is usually only two to three new moons away once you reach your winter or summer solstice.
Here and in Conscious Calendars, I describe how our bodies take these changes each year. Meteorological seasons or what the weather person says is slightly different because there are different ways to divide the year; meteorologists need to track the same number of days each year and so the year is evenly divided.
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