December New Moon and Solstice – Yuletide 2006

New Moon in Sagittarius Wednesday, December 20, 2006 6:01am PST
28º
32″ Sag.

Sabian Symbol: “A Fat Boy Mowing The Lawn Of His House On An Elegant Suburban Street” (see more below)

Note: Perhaps we could all benefit from going outside for a bit of fresh air and exercise!

Winter Solstice 2006

The mid December solstice marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, 2006 at 7:22 PM. EST; 5:22PM MST; 4:23PM PST and at 0:22AM UT (Universal Time) on December 22, 2006.

Yuletide

The Pagan celebration of Winter Solstice (also known as Yule) is one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world.

Ancient people were hunters and spent most of their time outdoors. The seasons and weather played a very important part in their lives. Because of this many ancient people had a great reverence for, and even worshipped the sun. The Norsemen of Northern Europe saw the sun as a wheel that changed the seasons. It was from the word for this wheel, houl, that the word yule is thought to have come. At mid-winter the Norsemen lit bonfires, told stories and drank sweet ale.

The ancient Romans also held a festival to celebrate the rebirth of the year. Saturnalia ran for seven days from the 17th of December. It was a time when the ordinary rules were turned upside down. Men dressed as women and masters dressed as servants. The festival also involved decorating houses with greenery, lighting candles, holding processions and giving presents.

Before Christianity came to the British Isles the Winter Solstice was held on the shortest day of the year (21st December). The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing. Oaks were seen as sacred and the winter fruit of the mistletoe was a symbol of life in the dark winter months.

It was also the Druids who began the tradition of the yule log. The Celts thought that the sun stood still for twelve days in the middle of winter and during this time a log was lit to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.

Many of these customs are still followed today. They have been incorporated into the Christian and secular celebrations of Christmas.

Sabian Symbol: “A Fat Boy Mowing The Lawn Of His House On An Elegant Suburban Street”

Commentary: A ‘Fat Boy Mowing The Lawn’ shows someone getting up and doing something to improve the appearance and the ease of life for himself and others in the home. The ‘Fat Boy’ can be the ‘kid’ that has everything available to him, but still, sometimes, has to do what his family and society dictates rather than what he’d rather be doing. As he is said to be a ‘Fat Boy’, perhaps he’s used to not having to do or contribute very much, mostly laying around watching television or playing computer games. The ‘front yard’ may be all cleaned up and looking neat and tidy, but how does the ‘back yard’ look?

Keywords: Superficial show. Being unprepared to accept that thins just look respectable, and ‘right’. Trying to lose weight through doing things around the house. Coming to grips with mechanical tools. Perspiring through effort. Training the youngsters how to do the chores.

The Caution: Pushing social respectability, avoiding something. Not wanting to help around the house. Being a ‘lounge-lizard’. Not knowing ho to deal with the everyday reality-factors of life. Being bored with having to do chores. Not getting off one’s backside. Ignoring the nagging.

See Lynda Hill’s website: http://www.sabiansymbols.com/

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