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Birthday wishes for fledge...
Fledge's birthday 07

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fledge
Dec. 23rd, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEEEH thank you so much ^_^ That's lovely :) A sunflower ^_^ And eeeeeh a little Fledge :D

*HUGS*

I wish you a wonderful Christmas, and great hope for 2008. I don't celebrate anything religious (although of course we enjoy the holiday festivities) but the solstice is an important time since it marks the ending of a year - the metaphorical death and birth of the sun - and this year the solstice does actually fall on my birthday, which is rather cool! In that respect, I believe it will continue to be my birthday until sunrise, despite the fact it has just turned midnight as I write this *g*
natesmountain
Dec. 23rd, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
You are most welcome *hugs you back*.

Happy solstice/birthday, how auspicious. And thanks for explaining the solstice, I never really knew much about it.

I wish you many great wishes for 2008, not the least James A. Woot, how exciting that will be!!
fledge
Dec. 23rd, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
You should watch Terry Pratchett's "Hogfather". Or read the book. That might be easier than getting hold of the film, which was made in the UK.

One of the oldest monuments in these isles is Newgrange in Ireland, older even than Stonehenge. It's incredible. They constructed it perfectly so that the sun shines through a small hole over the doorway and strikes an altar-stone at the back - but it only hits dead centre for a few minutes (at noon) on ONE day of the year, the winter solstice. And this was a stoneage society. Our ancestors may not have known nearly as much as we do now but they were certainly just as clever.

One of the reasons for the importance of the solstices throughout history is probably that they are astronomical events, therefore - with some care and ingenuity - precisely trackable. The sun has obviously always meant a lot to humanity because of its effect on the crops, migration of animals, environmental temperature etc. The head of the Japanese pantheon and direct ancestress of the Emperor is still, even today, their Sun Goddess. There is a lot of common sense in pagan symbolism; basically they were just trying to do what we all do, establishing connections between things to work out how the world works. The winter solstice is as relevant to the modern day as it was before Christ, even without the religious connotations. It's just such a fascinating and powerful astronomical phenomenon! If I had my way, my birthday would also be the New Year *g*
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