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    Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

    Hey, what is this thread? The night beginning at sunset on Friday, December 21, 2012, 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 yet again resurrecting a modest rhyme I composed specifically for our winter solstice efforts. Tradition dictates that I offer it as invocation 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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    Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    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!)
    The thread is up!

    (I figured I'd get it up way in advance--by the reckoning of my time zone on the U.S. eastern seaboard, anyway--so that it's ready and waiting for Cauldronites in Europe, Asia, Australia, etc., where sunset may already be approaching.)

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    Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    [B]
    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]

    Love the poem! I was actually thinking I might spend the night writing poetry of my own...after I finish this last final paper and study for my history test in the morning. Solstice or not, I think this will be an all-nighter.

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    Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

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    It just turned midnight on the East Coast. Happy Last Day On Earth, everybody!


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    Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    The thread is up!

    (I figured I'd get it up way in advance--by the reckoning of my time zone on the U.S. eastern seaboard, anyway--so that it's ready and waiting for Cauldronites in Europe, Asia, Australia, etc., where sunset may already be approaching.)
    Inspirational Doctor Who quote:

    On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs. As if to say, "Well done. Well done, everyone! We're halfway out of the dark."
    Maker, though the darkness comes upon me,
    I shall embrace the light. I shall weather the storm.
    I shall endure.
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    Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    Inspirational Doctor Who quote:

    On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs. As if to say, "Well done. Well done, everyone! We're halfway out of the dark."
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    Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Morag View Post
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    Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

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    Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    [B]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!)
    One Aussie checking in to tell you about the awesome hot weather here today. <3 Lovely blue skies and nice hot weather (but not too hot!), though there is a cold wind blowing about that's been helpfully reminding me it ain't summer everywhere.

    I haven't done my Solstice ritual yet; it's almost 2pm here, and I think I might do it this afternoon, otherwise it might not get done at all. I wouldn't want to put it off only to find out the world ended overnight and I've missed my chance to do it tomorrow. That, and while I had half-planned to do it later tonight, I don't think I'll get a chance because we're having people over for dinner tonight, and I'd rather do a summer Solstice ritual while the sun's up.

    I actually did some Solstice art! I painted things! They aren't the most amazing masterpieces ever, but I'll post a photo of them once I've offered them up. One's for the Winter Solstice (and for Harpocrates) and one's for the Summer solstice (with vague references to Sol Invictus and probably Helios and probably Ra, in an abstract kind of way).
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    Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2012

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