The Winter Solstice and What It Means


The Winter Solstice and What It Means

The rising sun aligns with the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt during the Winter Solstice.

Happy Winter Solstice! In honor of the occasion, I'm writing a take on what the day means and what it stands for 😚 The connection of all of humanity to the earth, moon, sun and stars transcends *all* of our individual differences. This take is for everyone, even if you aren't spiritual πŸ˜›

The Winter Solstice and What It Means

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year 🌚🌚

I'm sure you've heard this fact before pals 😜 It's the shortest day of the year as well as the longest night of the year. The reason for this is because the Earth is tilted on an axis.

The Winter Solstice and What It Means

This axis makes it so that one hemisphere of the Earth is farther from the sun at any given point. The colder half of the year happens when that hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun. Hence why at this time @Luci92 is experiencing warm weather in the Australian summer 🌞 The tilt makes it so that the equator doesn't face extreme seasons like Europe does.

The word "solstice" means...

Since the summer solstice in June, the sun's arc across the sky has steadily dropping lower and become shorter. On the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun reaches its lowest possible arc. So low that in the days leading up to the solstice, the sun appears to rise and set in the same location.

The Winter Solstice and What It Means
This phenomena made the word "solstice" which comes from the roots sol- and sistere. Sol- is Latin for "sun" and "sistere" is Latin for "to make stand still". Together it would mean when the "sun stands still" like the Sun's arc appears to do.

The Winter Solstice is about reflection 🌝🌏🌚

The Solstice is traditionally a time to honor darkness. It's the official beginning to the season of Winter where the trees are dead and the chill seeps into our bones. It is a reminder of death, the rose dies... but only to be reborn again. This parallels the cycle of humanity. Winter is also a season of reflection, of pondering on how you've lived as we go into the New Year weeks afterward.

The Winter Solstice and What It Means

It also represents the turn into the 10th Zodiac, Capricorn. The energy of Capricorn is practical and grounded, it makes us reflect on the kind of energy we put out into the world. You should be allowed to see yourself as who you truly are without masking your feelings or judging yourself.

How is the Solstice spiritual?

The Winter Solstice is tied in with various cultures and ancient structures. Stone Henge located in England is carefully arranged so that the sightline is pointed directly at the Winter Solstice sunset. This shows how important the seasons were to the Ancients. Pagans, druids, wiccans as well as tourists come to see the sunset at Stonehenge during thr Solstice. Below is a photo of the celebration of the Solstice at Stonehenge in the 1980's.

The Winter Solstice and What It Means

The Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt in the first photo posted on this take is also built to perfectly align with the sun on the Solstice. An interesting fact about the Temple of Karnak is that it is the *largest* religious building constructed to this day.

The Winter Solstice and What It Means

I beat myself about it everyday for not visiting it while I lived in Cairo 😣 It was built as a place of worship. The sun alignment is in a shrine to the Creation diety of Amun. He was the King of the gods. This ties the Winter Solstice with the eternal theme of creation, or rather, "re" creation as the days steadily become longer post-winter solstice.

Why is the Winter Solstice important?

This occasion is important to a number of religions, the different celebrations of it are:

Yule (neopagan)

Dongzhi Festival (Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese & Korean)

Yalda (Iranian)

Ziemattvetki (Latvian)

Korochun (Slavic)

and more.

It's important to *me* because I appreciate nature and the cycles it grows throughout the year. When I was young, I was somewhat obsessed with spirituality and believed in Faeries. I used to align gems to ward off bad spirits and read about stargates at 11:11 when the world aligned to let you know you are exactly where you need to be.

In that time, I read about Winter Solstices being a very fragile time in all aspects of the world. Even though now I don't believe in faeries anymore, I do believe that today is a day to think deeply and "travel through the soil of your own soul" to find the seeds that are hidden in the depths. Also, I love hippy shit like this ❀️❀️

Thank you for reading my Take, if you got through all of it πŸ˜‚ it's a unique time of year and I hope you learned a lot from this Take. Once again, happy winter solstice pals πŸ˜šπŸ˜šβ€οΈβ˜ƒοΈβ˜ƒοΈ

The Winter Solstice and What It Means
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  • Waffles731
    merry solstice
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    Is this still revelant?

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  • Ephemera1
    I was bored so I was kije leme read this myTake but it's too long. Sorry raisin you need a TL;DR for something like this.
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    • reixun

      Lmfao it's interesting to me epherema β˜ƒοΈβ›„οΈ Those who *are* interested will read it.

  • pervertedjester
    I first saw this take and thought @SweetHomicidalQueen wrote it. Still it was a very good read. Thanks for sharing.
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    • reixun

      Thank you she's a great writer so that's a nice compliment

  • DaKing
    I liked this :P
    I knew about the solstice but I didn't know it played a significant part of certain cultures in the past, first I've heard of it but I'd love to visit the temple of Karnak
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    • reixun

      Me neither till I was researching the solstice, bruh I was only miles away last year I wish I visited πŸ˜‘

    • DaKing

      Alright new plan, we're going together.
      Since I don't want to be sexist, it's only fair that you pay for my ticket, deal?

    • reixun

      Good plan and np pal $2000 is $2 to me

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  • Luci92
    lmfao the end comment cracked me up.
    Good take girl <3
    tx for the tag
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    • reixun

      Thanks for answering qt

  • Centurion20000
    Interesting , you can already see the effects of precession of Earth's axis of rotation from the first picture. I bet when it was constructed the sun was EXACTLY at the midpoint of those two columns at the Temple of Karnak. 3000+ years will make a difference.
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  • coolbreeze
    Nice mytake Thanks for breaking down what a solstice is and what it's about.
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  • Nadzzz
    I read this with pleasure
    It was interesting to read and yeah we wrote to the white board in class "happy winter solstice"hahahah
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  • DudeManBro_20
    Nice mytake, learned some new info. And yes I read it all✌
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    • reixun

      thanks for your time buddy !

  • TadCurious
    I think it's cool you used to believe in faeries. I've read that at one time (and not that long ago) the belief in faeries amongst the Irish people -- especially the country folk -- was widespread. Of course the fun part of believing in faeries usually gives way to a non-literal interpretation of them as we get older. It's also cool that you mention @Luci92 frolicking on the beach in Australia at this time of year when we're freezing our asses off in the Northern Hemisphere. Her Tinkerbell avi pic is a kind of faerie (I think). So maybe there are faeries that live in the Outback amongst the kangaroos. lol
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    • Luci92

      Aussie faeries 😝
      Tinkerbell is definitely a faerie

  • disgustingweebtrash
    I knew it got darker earlier than usual yesterday, also interesting to see it is important in some religions.
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  • Colton5
    But it feels like summer solstice here haha
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  • RainbowFanGirl
    I like this myTake. :) Very interesting.
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  • ColinHarvey
    It means if we were in Africa they would perform infanticide to usher in a good harvest.
  • John_Doesnt
    What about the people in the southern hemisphere?
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    • reixun

      They had their summer solstice on dec. 21 when we had our winter one.

  • legalboxers
    love the mytake!
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    • reixun

      Thanks pal 😚😚

  • Righttobeararms83
    Good take. @Omar5881 ?
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  • es20490446e
    Cool! 🏂
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  • OfDeath
    I'm hitting the surf today. summer time baby.
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  • Anonymous
    Solstitia Hiemalis
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