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« Topic Start: December 21, 2010, 03:10:17 am »

Hey, what is this thread? Tonight—beginning at sunset on Tuesday, December 21, 2010—is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. To celebrate the winter solstice (a.k.a. Yule, Midwinter, and probably other things, depending on your tradition), a bunch of us plan to stay up all night and post here in this thread off and on throughout, sharing our experiences or random thoughts...sharing photos or artwork throughout the evening...or just encouraging each other to stay awake!

So if you’re trying to stay up till dawn, or just want to pop in to converse with those of us who are, this is the place! (Or if you're lucky enough to be in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoying the warmth and sun of summer solstice, tell us what we're missing!)

In that spirit, I'm resurrecting a modest rhyme I composed specifically for our winter solstice efforts. I've recycled it here as a sort of dedication to kick things off:

A WINTER SOLSTICE REVEILLE

by Altair

Light dwindles, life despairs
A bitter chill is in the air
The sun departs, and with it goes
A fruitful season free of woes
As winter’s icy grip takes hold
The sleeping landscape to enfold
Many hours of dark must pass
Before the sun returns at last
To make its long-awaited climb
With promise of a flowering time

Until that hour, let dark prevail
Greet longest night with strong wassail
Sing and dance, feast and drink
Or solemnly reflect and think
From strange and hidden wells partake
With one rule only: Stay awake!
From dusk till dawn, hear our refrain:
Let the solstice revels reign

[In the last line, swap in the word “vigil” for “revels” if the feeling is more contemplative than festive]
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« Reply #1: December 21, 2010, 03:22:39 am »

A WINTER SOLSTICE REVEILLE

by Altair

Light dwindles, life despairs
A bitter chill is in the air
The sun departs, and with it goes
A fruitful season free of woes
As winter’s icy grip takes hold
The sleeping landscape to enfold
Many hours of dark must pass
Before the sun returns at last
To make its long-awaited climb
With promise of a flowering time

Until that hour, let dark prevail
Greet longest night with strong wassail
Sing and dance, feast and drink
Or solemnly reflect and think
From strange and hidden wells partake
With one rule only: Stay awake!
From dusk till dawn, hear our refrain:
Let the solstice revels reign

[In the last line, swap in the word “vigil” for “revels” if the feeling is more contemplative than festive]

Alas, here, it is overcast
a photograph would never last.
Yet hoist a drink my friends, and pray
another one 'tis not far away.

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« Reply #2: December 21, 2010, 03:36:25 am »

Alas, here, it is overcast
a photograph would never last.
Yet hoist a drink my friends, and pray
another one 'tis not far away.



But Warhorse, there may yet be fun
For us the night has not begun
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« Reply #3: December 21, 2010, 03:39:10 am »

Alas, here, it is overcast
a photograph would never last.
Yet hoist a drink my friends, and pray
another one 'tis not far away.



Overcast in Paris too. Hopefully it'll clear up so I can take my promised pic of the sun setting over the eiffel tower! Smiley

Sorry to break your rhyming stream. My head is waaay too stuffy for that.
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« Reply #4: December 21, 2010, 03:39:41 am »



(And now, for the non-rhyming among us...)

It's actually the early morning hours of the night *before* the longest night here in NYC, but I wanted to get the thread up and running early, for any of you in the Far East whose solstice night may be beginning a lot earlier than it will here on North America's eastern seaboard.

Speaking of which, here are the sunset on Dec. 21/sunrise on December 22 times for several vicinities Cauldronites are known to inhabit (all are local times):

Nanaimo, BC, Canada -- 4:20 pm/8:09 am
New York, NY, USA -- 4:31 pm/7:17 am
Paris, France -- 4:56 pm/8:42 am
San Antonio, TX, USA -- 5:40/7:25
Waco, TX, USA -- 5:30 pm/7:25 am
Manchester, England, UK -- 3:51 pm/8:23 am
Calgary, AB, Canada -- 4:31 pm/8:38 am
Berlin, Germany -- 3:54 pm/8:16 am
Cleveland, OH, USA -- 5:00 pm/7:50 am
Roanoke, VA, USA -- 5:06 pm/7:31 am

...and one for you lucky summer solstice folks in the Southern Hemisphere:
Sydney, Australia -- 8:05 pm/5:41 am



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« Reply #5: December 21, 2010, 03:42:15 am »

Overcast in Paris too. Hopefully it'll clear up so I can take my promised pic of the sun setting over the eiffel tower! Smiley

Don't think I've forgotten about that promise, Mithril! (You're why I made sure to put sunset/sunrise times for Paris in there.)

I just came in from seeing the blood moon. A total lunar eclipse the night before the solstice--how astronomically cool is that? Anyway, I've got to get back to bed, or I won't make it through tomorrow night!
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« Reply #6: December 21, 2010, 03:44:49 am »

Don't think I've forgotten about that promise, Mithril! (You're why I made sure to put sunset/sunrise times for Paris in there.)

I just came in from seeing the blood moon. A total lunar eclipse the night before the solstice--how astronomically cool is that? Anyway, I've got to get back to bed, or I won't make it through tomorrow night!

Yeah, my brother said that he read this hadn't happened for like, 2000 years or something.

Go to bed. Smiley
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« Reply #7: December 21, 2010, 03:48:33 am »

Yeah, my brother said that he read this hadn't happened for like, 2000 years or something.

Go to bed. Smiley

I've read anywhere between 400 years, and 80. But I'm not sure if they're doing Solstice-Full Moon-Eclipse, or just Solstice-Eclipse. That would change the date probably by a lot.
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« Reply #8: December 21, 2010, 03:49:46 am »

I've read anywhere between 400 years, and 80. But I'm not sure if they're doing Solstice-Full Moon-Eclipse, or just Solstice-Eclipse. That would change the date probably by a lot.

I think that was for Solstice Full Moon Eclipse.
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« Reply #9: December 21, 2010, 04:12:51 am »

I think that was for Solstice Full Moon Eclipse.

Lol, he says never mind, it's 400 years.
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« Reply #10: December 21, 2010, 06:07:06 am »

I've read anywhere between 400 years, and 80. But I'm not sure if they're doing Solstice-Full Moon-Eclipse, or just Solstice-Eclipse. That would change the date probably by a lot.

It's early, so I may be missing something here, but...

I wouldn't think it would change the date by anything at all, since a lunar eclipse is only possible on a full moon.   It's the only time the Earth can physically be between the moon and the sun to eclipse the moon.  Isn't it?...  Huh
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« Reply #11: December 21, 2010, 06:58:26 am »

I wouldn't think it would change the date by anything at all, since a lunar eclipse is only possible on a full moon.   It's the only time the Earth can physically be between the moon and the sun to eclipse the moon.  Isn't it?...  Huh

Yup, that's my understanding.

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« Reply #12: December 21, 2010, 08:10:03 am »

Waco, TX, USA -- 5:30 pm/7:25 am

Side Note: It's going to be 84 here in Waco today, but cooling off to 49 tonight. (It's 60 this morning). It hardly feels like winter, but this is the warmest day we've had in weeks.
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« Reply #13: December 21, 2010, 09:20:28 am »

A WINTER SOLSTICE REVEILLE

by Altair

Light dwindles, life despairs
A bitter chill is in the air
The sun departs, and with it goes
A fruitful season free of woes
As winter’s icy grip takes hold
The sleeping landscape to enfold
Many hours of dark must pass
Before the sun returns at last
To make its long-awaited climb
With promise of a flowering time

Until that hour, let dark prevail
Greet longest night with strong wassail
Sing and dance, feast and drink
Or solemnly reflect and think
From strange and hidden wells partake
With one rule only: Stay awake!
From dusk till dawn, hear our refrain:
Let the solstice revels reign

That's beautiful!  Cheesy
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« Reply #14: December 21, 2010, 09:54:54 am »


Ha!
Here I am and just in time for the Sunset!
It is 15:55 local time and sun is setting now!
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