Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Solstice 2008

This is Stonehenge, in weather that seems appropriate for this time of year. In at least one of its incarnations, Stonehenge pointed to the spot on the horizon where the Sun would rise on the winter solstice. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

It's been quite a year, hasn't it? The stock market crashed, followed by the banks. The only thing we can take heart in is that soon we'll have a leader who can speak in complete sentences. Still, that's something, I suppose.

In the northern hemisphere, today is the winter solstice. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, so things will just be getting brighter from here on out. That's why just about every major religion celebrates the solstice, even though some won't admit it.

UPDATE: A number of druids, pagans, and others showed up at Stonehenge today to mark the winter solstice:

Hundreds of druids, pagans and tourists braved the gloomy weather to gather at Stonehenge on Sunday morning to celebrate the winter solstice.

The mystical stones attracted a crowd of 1,900 people, with some dressed in cloaks and robes, to see sunrise at the prehistoric site in Wiltshire.

The winter solstice is a pagan celebration held on the shortest day of the year.

Druids mark solstice at Stonehenge

(h/t Lotus at Folo)

UPDATE 2 (Dec. 22): Now that I have the time to search for a picture of Stonehenge in snow, here you are, Dana:

Snow even improves the look of a big set of stone blocks in the middle of a field.

Image credit: English Heritage


Dana Hunter said...

There's not enough snow on it.

I'm going to be having nightmares about snow.

Snow snow snow snow snow...


And then the Seattle PI gleefully tells me this crap is supposed to hang around until Xmas.

It's too bad the buggers who told me it almost never snows in Seattle don't still work at the complex. We would be having Words just about now.

Please tell me that if you ventured out in this nonsense, you survived the experience.

Cujo359 said...

Yes, I ventured out, and survived. The only real problem turned out to be when I got home. My vehicle is safely in its place, though, more or less. Thankfully, most people are staying off the roads, which I intend to do tomorrow unless things get better.

Dana Hunter said...

That's the stuff! ;-D