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Today is the first day....
....of the rest of our lives.....or at least till next Solstice. But then this 'one' will, this one will be quite different. This one has an extra added attraction for our viewing pleasure.
Today is not only marked by the yearly event of the Sun (or Son) coming back (or born) - titled 'Winter Solstice' - this year's Winter Solstice will coincide with a full lunar eclipse in a union that we haven't witness in 456 years........yes, that long!
The celestial eccentricity holds special significance for spiritualities that tap into the energy of the winter solstice, the shortest day for the year and a time that has been associated with the rebirth with the sun.
"It's a ritual of transformation from darkness into light," says Nicole Cooper, a high priestess at Toronto's Wiccan Church of Canada. "It's the idea that when things seem really bleak, (it) is usually our biggest opportunity for personal transformation.
"The concept that the Sun and then the Moon are almost at their darkest at this point in time really only further goes to hammer that home."
And a lunar eclipse taking place in the course of the solstice is viewed as something very special indeed. There is great significance in the unique coupling belonging to the masculine energy of the sun and the feminine energy of the moon - trans formative energies.
The last time these two celestial events happened in conjunction was in AD 1554. Henry the VIII was trekking around. Lady Jane Grey lost her head for treason in that year, she was 17 years old. Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned in the infamous Tower of London. Mary of Guise, Mother of Mary Queen of Scots, became regent of Scotland.
The eclipse will start just after midnight Eastern Time on Tuesday, with the main event starting at 1:30 a.m. ET and lasting until 5:30 a.m., when the moon reappears.
And so, Happy Solstice to ya Brother+Sister, may your ways be fare and your time long. .....till the next one, cheers. Till the next Solstice, that is. We wont, of my age, experience another spectacle like this.