Winter solstice and indeed the entire season provides a unique opportunity to begin to learn and live in deeper connection with Earth and the light of winter. Many people believe that Earth is farthest way and hence colder in winter. Even though this makes logical sense, it is incorrect. This cognitive disconnect (problem) can be the solution to igniting wonderment about Earth.
In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator. The celestial equator is on the same plane as the earth’s equator. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs in December when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn. Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter. (Note: The winter and summer solstices are reversed for those living in the southern hemisphere.)
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Observances, celebrations and rituals surrounding the winter sol