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When Do You Celebrate the Solstice?
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:30:27 pm »
I'm curious about when people plan on celebrating the winter solstice this year, as I'm not sure when to mark the occasion, myself. Apparently the actual time of the solstice is 11:28 AM EST on December 21st, but that's a rather inconvenient time for a ceremony on a weekday. I think some people celebrate the evening before the solstice, and some celebrate at sunrise or in the morning. Personally, I think I'm leaning more towards doing some kind of observance early in the morning of December 22nd, after the first sunrise after sun has officially entered Capricorn.

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Re: When Do You Celebrate the Solstice?
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 08:49:40 am »
I'm curious about when people plan on celebrating the winter solstice this year, as I'm not sure when to mark the occasion, myself. Apparently the actual time of the solstice is 11:28 AM EST on December 21st, but that's a rather inconvenient time for a ceremony on a weekday. I think some people celebrate the evening before the solstice, and some celebrate at sunrise or in the morning. Personally, I think I'm leaning more towards doing some kind of observance early in the morning of December 22nd, after the first sunrise after sun has officially entered Capricorn.

That's a good question. My FB timeline is full of Yule greetings, 24 hours too early from my point of view!

The Solstice is 4.28pm here and sunset is 4.04pm. I work the old  way of days starting at sunset for these events  so for me Yule will actually be tomorrow.

I'll be lighting my solstice candle at 4.28 and it will burn until sunrise tomorrow when I'll be greeting the dawn and celebrating Yule

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Re: When Do You Celebrate the Solstice?
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2017, 12:18:32 pm »
I'm curious about when people plan on celebrating the winter solstice this year, as I'm not sure when to mark the occasion, myself. Apparently the actual time of the solstice is 11:28 AM EST on December 21st, but that's a rather inconvenient time for a ceremony on a weekday. I think some people celebrate the evening before the solstice, and some celebrate at sunrise or in the morning. Personally, I think I'm leaning more towards doing some kind of observance early in the morning of December 22nd, after the first sunrise after sun has officially entered Capricorn.

I will be doing my ritual probably this afternoon...after cleaning the house (regular chores plus big holiday clean in preparation for my parents visiting just after Christmas), but before dinner.  I may also do all the prep work (possibly making a prayer stick and blessing bundle), but do my actual ritual after dinner.

Normally I prefer to do my rituals later in the evening or when I am the only one home.  But son is off for the holidays so alone isn't going to happen.  And I have to drive hubby to work early in the morning tomorrow so I will have the car to finish up holiday shopping tomorrow and pay bills, so I can't stay up late tonight.

I personally believe that ritual is about honoring the things we believe in, and part of that includes balance between perfect timing and what our lives will accept.  While I might love to do a midnight ritual, that would kill me for the things I have to do tomorrow...and put me at risk of getting sick right before the holidays and family visit.  So I do what I can, when I can, with as much honor and love in my heart, and I have never felt like that was unacceptable to the deities or powers I work with.
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Re: When Do You Celebrate the Solstice?
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2017, 12:53:06 pm »
I'm curious about when people plan on celebrating the winter solstice this year, as I'm not sure when to mark the occasion, myself. Apparently the actual time of the solstice is 11:28 AM EST on December 21st, but that's a rather inconvenient time for a ceremony on a weekday. I think some people celebrate the evening before the solstice, and some celebrate at sunrise or in the morning. Personally, I think I'm leaning more towards doing some kind of observance early in the morning of December 22nd, after the first sunrise after sun has officially entered Capricorn.

I will be offering a ritual after sunset in addition to the one I did this morning honoring St. Thomas.
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Re: When Do You Celebrate the Solstice?
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2017, 10:17:46 am »
I'm curious about when people plan on celebrating the winter solstice this year, as I'm not sure when to mark the occasion, myself. Apparently the actual time of the solstice is 11:28 AM EST on December 21st, but that's a rather inconvenient time for a ceremony on a weekday. I think some people celebrate the evening before the solstice, and some celebrate at sunrise or in the morning. Personally, I think I'm leaning more towards doing some kind of observance early in the morning of December 22nd, after the first sunrise after sun has officially entered Capricorn.

I worked from home yesterday, so I was able to do a little meditation midday and made a nice, homemade dinner to celebrate. Then, I awoke early this morning, before twilight, and did a silent meditation in darkness with my smoky quartz and a white candle to connect with my patron goddess, who is honored during the winter. I felt her encompassing, abiding presence as I sat there and listened to what she asked of me and what comfort she offered me, and then blew out the candle and did the last several minutes in complete darkness before getting up to greet the dawn after the longest night.

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Re: When Do You Celebrate the Solstice?
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2018, 08:48:23 am »
I'm curious about when people plan on celebrating the winter solstice this year, as I'm not sure when to mark the occasion, myself. Apparently the actual time of the solstice is 11:28 AM EST on December 21st, but that's a rather inconvenient time for a ceremony on a weekday. I think some people celebrate the evening before the solstice, and some celebrate at sunrise or in the morning. Personally, I think I'm leaning more towards doing some kind of observance early in the morning of December 22nd, after the first sunrise after sun has officially entered Capricorn.

Between working full time and being somewhat disorganised at times, I get to it when I get to it. I try to aim to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes on the closest weekend, or if it's a small thing closest empty evening. This year I missed it all together as I was interstate and incredibly busy. I'll likely do a small celebration soon since i'm finally unpacked again.
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