Solstice … The Beautiful Dark!

Black winter Solstice T-shirt depicting the wise fool, fluttering snowflakes and "the beautiful dark..."

Black winter Solstice T-shirt depicting the wise fool, fluttering snowflakes and “the beautiful dark…”

Not quite the usual adjectives applied to the Winter Solstice, but don’t think of the winter dark negatively, but as a time for renewal and regeneration.
My new t-shirt design aims to celebrates this great time of the year with my favourite words of wisdom character the Wise Fool blowing a clarion call for one and all to enjoy the coming Yule by making the most of those long dark nights and cosy evenings by the fire, preferably with a few friends, some good food and foot tapping music!
Before you rush off and take a look though, you might find a few Solstice facts interesting so read on!

About The Winter Solstice
1.  The winter solstice occurs at a specific time which is not necessarily on the 21st December.  In 2015 in occurs on the 22nd December. 

2.  In the northern hemisphere it is known as the shortest day, but in the southern hemisphere it is the longest day.

3.  The word Solstice means to stand still which the sun appears to do until the 25th December.

4.  The Solstice is not related to Christmas!  It has been celebrated for centuries by many cultures and belief systems.
It is generally believed that Christianity chose the old Roman festival Dies Natalis Solis Invictus, (the Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun) for the birth of Christ as the Bible does not offer a conclusive date.

5.  Many people like to watch either the sunrise or sunset during the Winter Solstice with Stonehenge being a huge draw.  You can access the site which opens at 8.00 am – 10.00 pm.  Be aware it draws huge crowds.
For a more spiritual and personal experience find some out of the way hill side near where you live and share the moment with a few close friends or even on your own. 

Peeping through the keyhole towards Staunton Harold Hall a couple of hours before sunset ...

Peeping through the keyhole towards Staunton Harold Hall a couple of hours before sunset …


There is nothing like experiencing the peace and solitude of a frosty winter evening under a bright moon rising against a crimson sky as we did last year.

Now … that Solstice T-Shirt … more about it here!

SueK

About SueK

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One Response to Solstice … The Beautiful Dark!

  1. Ann Williams says:

    Fascinating post as always, Sue. A long time since I have visited Stonehenge but am I right that they now believe it is more likely to be linked to the Winter Solstice than the Summer one?
    Love the “through the keyhole” image.

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