It has taken me a long while, but I more or less have it now: I am looking down at the sun these days, spinning up and away quickly and then spending most hours on the dark side under the stars.
Whereas in summer...
...I'm heading down and round, the sun above me for most of the day, then up into the night for a brief period, then down and round, the sun above me...
....took me ages to get my head round that.
So...the shortest day of the year arriveth. It's the day after tomorrow, but this computer clock is set strangely, it thinks it's midnight plus fifteen, and somewhere an ET reader is reading this on the day before, maybe a city folk who, caught in artificial light, hasn't noticed the sun sinking lower...and lower...
For a moment the other day I thought something was wrong--surely the sun couldn't be setting due south? I was staring at the sea, through a window, there was the sun on the horizon, it seemed due south, but turns out the building was tilted south east just far enough to create the illusion...
Another year passeth! I wrote a diary last year about the solstice...a year has passed...I have become slightly better at Go;
Not much to say beyond that... I'm sure you all know about Saturnalia;
Four thousand years ago or so, ancient Egyptians celebrated the rebirth of the sun at this time of year. They set the length of the festival at 12 days, to reflect the 12 divisions in their sun calendar. They decorated with greenery, using palms with 12 shoots as a symbol of the completed year, since a palm was thought to put forth a shoot each month.
'Sacaea' was the Persian version. The annual renewal festival of the Babylonians was adopted by the Persians. One of the themes of these festivals was the temporary subversion of order. Masters and slaves exchanged places. A mock king was crowned. Masquerades spilled into the streets. As the old year died, rules of ordinary living were relaxed.
The Mesopotamians celebrated winter with a 12-day festival of renewal, designed to help the god Marduk tame the monsters of chaos for one more year.
The Egyptian and Persian traditions merged in ancient Rome, in a festival to the ancient god of seed-time, Saturn. The people gave themselves up to wild joy. They feasted, gave gifts, and decorated their homes with greenery. The usual order of the year was to let go of grudges and quarrels. Wars were interrupted or postponed. Businesses, courts, schools closed. Rich and poor were equal, slaves were served by masters, children headed the family. Cross-dressing and masquerades, merriment of all kinds prevailed. A mock king - the Lord of Misrule - was crowned. Candles and lamps chased away the spirits of darkness. As Roman culture became more licentious, so did Saturnalia. Over the years, it expanded to a whole week, the 17 December to 23 December.
And then Jesus was born!
Jesus Was a Capricorn
But hey, we're still in Saggitarius--a few Sagittarians here at ET I'm sure (I'm one--one who can't spell Sagittarius):
good sense of humor
None whatsoever. They are all lies told by our enemies.
The Sagittarius's dual natures, that of the beast (aggressive, rebellious, sexual, free-roaming, etc.) and the higher nature (philosophical, open-minded, honest etc.) are said to be in constant conflict. However, the truth is that they match perfectly, as any fule no.
I wanted to say that I have the in-laws staying throughout the festive period and my connection to zer net will be erratic and maybe a percentage of it will be spent at the kgs go server. Are there any Go players around? Anyone fancy a game of an evening?
Let me know here or by e-mail!
So, My Friends across zer Wires
I wish those of you in the northern hemisphere many happy midwinter festivities. I wish those of you in the southern hemisphere many happy midsummer festivities...and those of you in the middle, the days are similar, no? Have I got that all wrong? Ah, but the weather changes....so happy dry season, rainy season, or season which has some of both!