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Author Topic: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011  (Read 14688 times)

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Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« on: December 20, 2011, 11:07:42 pm »
Hey, what is this thread? The night beginning at sunset on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 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]
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2011, 11:35:49 pm »
Quote from: Altair;35634
The night beginning at sunset on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.


And I've gotten the thread started early, so that those in the East of the world (Australia, Asia, and such), if any such Cauldronites there be, can get the ball rolling, since sunset on the evening of the 21st is fast approaching there.

Here's some helpful info:

The precise moment of the solstice is 5:30 AM Universal Time on the morning of December 22. For the North American Eastern Seaboard, that would be 12:30 AM EST on the 22nd (just after midnight on the night that begins at sundown on the 21st).

Sunset times on Dec. 21 for some key Cauldronite locations. (All times are local times.)

Berlin, Germany -- 3:54 PM
New York, NY -- 4:32 PM
Philadelphia, PA -- 4:39 PM
Lansing, MI -- 5:07 PM
Calgary, Alberta -- 4:31 PM
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- 4:29 PM
Nanaimo, BC -- 4:20 PM
Honolulu, HI -- 5:55 PM

As for this year's "non-theme" for this thread, it's sharing songs and/or videos that capture that holiday (whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year) spirit. (Thanks to Juni for the great suggestion.) Run with that or ignore it as you see fit.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011, 02:50:59 am »
Quote from: Altair;35641
Sunset times on Dec. 21 for some key Cauldronite locations. (All times are local times.)

Berlin, Germany -- 3:54 PM
New York, NY -- 4:32 PM
Philadelphia, PA -- 4:39 PM
Lansing, MI -- 5:07 PM
Calgary, Alberta -- 4:31 PM
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- 4:29 PM
Nanaimo, BC -- 4:20 PM
Honolulu, HI -- 5:55 PM

As for this year's "non-theme" for this thread, it's sharing songs and/or videos that capture that holiday (whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year) spirit. (Thanks to Juni for the great suggestion.) Run with that or ignore it as you see fit.

And since you've got my location on the list, I'll start early, too.  ; I love this version. :D
« Last Edit: December 21, 2011, 02:52:28 am by victoreia »
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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 07:41:59 am »
Quote from: Altair;35634
Hey, what is this thread? The night beginning at sunset on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 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!

 
And wouldn't you figure it would be raining all day and I probably wouldn't see the sunset?  Might be able to catch the sunrise, though.

I'm planning to get ready by taking short naps in the daylight hours punctuated only by an errand I need to run this afternoon.  Hopefully I will be able to get back on my computer before sunset!


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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011, 09:46:42 am »
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And since you've got my location on the list, I'll start early, too.  ; I love this version. :D

 
Very cute!
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2011, 09:48:05 am »
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And wouldn't you figure it would be raining all day and I probably wouldn't see the sunset?


Same here in NYC. But at least it's mild, so I may be doing a lot of outdoor stuff in the middle of the night, to keep sleep at bay, if the rain lets up.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2011, 09:57:33 am »
Quote from: Altair;35641
...Sunset times on Dec. 21 for some key Cauldronite locations. (All times are local times.)

Berlin, Germany -- 3:54 PM
New York, NY -- 4:32 PM
Philadelphia, PA -- 4:39 PM
Lansing, MI -- 5:07 PM
Calgary, Alberta -- 4:31 PM
Winnipeg, Manitoba -- 4:29 PM
Nanaimo, BC -- 4:20 PM
Honolulu, HI -- 5:55 PM

 
Just a couple of minutes until Sunset here, although it's be dreary all day so I can't actually see the scene itself... I'm just drinking some eggnog :p contemplating the past year and how much I have grown spiritually.

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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2011, 10:17:12 am »
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Just a couple of minutes until Sunset here, although it's be dreary all day so I can't actually see the scene itself... I'm just drinking some eggnog :p contemplating the past year and how much I have grown spiritually.

 
It is twilight here now. Clouding over, so the dark is approaching fast. Be welcome, night.
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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2011, 10:21:02 am »
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Just a couple of minutes until Sunset here, although it's be dreary all day so I can't actually see the scene itself... I'm just drinking some eggnog :p contemplating the past year and how much I have grown spiritually.

 
Where exactly are you?  Sunset isn't for hours in most parts of the US:confused:


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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2011, 10:27:22 am »
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Where exactly are you?  Sunset isn't for hours in most parts of the US:confused:

 
I'm actually in Frankfurt, Germany :)

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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2011, 10:33:24 am »
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It's just getting a darker shade of murky.
The sun was not out the whole day.

But now it starts to get dark. Street lights are not yet on, but I guess it'll be a matter of a few minutes. (4:33 pm local time)
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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2011, 10:37:33 am »
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I'm actually in Frankfurt, Germany :)

 
Ohhh, makes sense:ashamed:


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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2011, 10:48:54 am »
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And since you've got my location on the list, I'll start early, too.  ; I love this version. :D


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Re: Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2011, 10:49:43 am »
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Same here in NYC. But at least it's mild, so I may be doing a lot of outdoor stuff in the middle of the night, to keep sleep at bay, if the rain lets up.

 
I'm in Madison WI, and it's overcast and drizzly here as well,  but mild. Supposed to clear up this afternoon, then cloud back up overnight, snow showers expected for tomorrow.
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Up All Night: A Technopagan Winter Solstice 2011
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2011, 10:49:54 am »
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It's just getting a darker shade of murky.
The sun was not out the whole day.

But now it starts to get dark. Street lights are not yet on, but I guess it'll be a matter of a few minutes. (4:33 pm local time)

It's 15:48 in Glasgow, Scotland and the sun has just set - though it's been hiding behind the clouds all day. The streetlights are on and it's getting pretty dark
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