Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Longest Day

Yesterday was the longest day of the year.

And last night was the shortest night.

"The Summer Solstice is the time when the Sun turns in its tracks and it begins its tropical journey south towards the equator. This year, it happens on the eve of the 22nd of June (June 21). This major calendrical event is the focus of religious and social festivities in all cultures; Christian society marks the event with St John the Baptist's Day (June 24).

Midsummer is the central point of the magical year: traditional hilltop bonfires are lit to revive the power of the Sun; flaming disks are thrown into the air; blazing wheels are rolled downhill; leaping and dancing around and through the fire are ritual encouragements for maximising the harvest.

Magical powers are heightened and the little people are about.

It is the ideal time for gathering magical herbs: pluck them before dawn, before breakfast, while the dew still wets the petals. Fern and fern-seed is gathered on Mid-Summer's eve, to harness the power of the Sun. Golden solar flowers such as St John's wort, mugwort and mistletoe, the golden bough, are worn as garlands.

Astrologically, the June Solstice marks the entry of the Sun into the Cardinal, Water Sign of Cancer.

The Tropic of Cancer is the actual degree of latitude over which the Sun stops its journey north, and then turns, having gone as far north as it is going to each year. Cancer is ruled by the Moon and Mid-summer celebrates the elemental powers of fire and water, so people would light fires and bathe in the dew on the morning of Mid-summer's Day.

Even in the twenty-first century, people still love to come together and surf the cosmic wave of energy that is released at this time. The solstice places emphasis on the first Cancer/Capricorn full moon on Wednesday, June 22 at 04:14 UT, focusing on bringing new Life into the individual soul.

Keynote: "I build a Lighted House and therein dwell."

If you look at the sun tonight, it will set as far to the north as it will set.

And as you watch for the position of the Sun at sunset,

Watch for the moon to rise.

It will be in the position of the rising Sun on the Winter Solstice.

For it will be the full moon in Capricorn.

"If at all possible, be in meditation at the exact time of the full moon.

If you are unable to do this, choose a time within 12 hours before or after to align with these energies and be part of a global meditation. Know you are uniting with many others who also are attuning to the energies available at this Global Festival, and that this group focus creates a powerful channel for the meditation to be potent and effective.

Prior to your meditation take the needed time to create a sacred space

and spiritually align your energies. "


I guess you could call this kind of stuff a little off the edge.

But watching a full moon rise is always a beautiful and powerful thing.

Connecting to the big things in our world,

helps connect us to the little things as well.

And it helps us get our priorities straight.

Watching the heavens and feeling the earth turn

as we race through space and the creation

reminds us

that we are indeed on a starship.

And that we are all crewmembers of this fine craft.

Starship Earth.

Today is a powerful day.

Try to make the most of it.



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2 Comments:

Blogger Paulina said...

It's weird that you haven't had any comments so far, but this is one of the best postings I've read on Earthfamilyalpha so far...You are right, today is a powerful day. Thanks!

6:21 AM  
Blogger Charlie Loving said...

The Red Planet is about to be spectacular! This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars
may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has
not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.
The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear
25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification
By August 27, Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.
Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at
nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30 am. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow
progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month. Share this with your children and grandchildren. NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN
Most of this is from one of those Astro web sites.

6:36 AM  

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