Seasons Greetings Fellow Talking Monkeys!

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  1. Mark Knowles profile image60
    Mark Knowlesposted 7 years ago

    Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Winter Solstice, the "reason for the season," in fact - the season itself.

    The Sun has now died, reaching the lowest point on the horizon, where it will stay for a couple of days. On the third day it will rise up to the heavens again, meaning longer daylight hours in the northern hemisphere.

    If you were thinking "there must be something to all this depression, and need to celebrate," - there you have it. Now we (in this hemisphere) can look forward to longer daylight hours, increased vitamin D production, the arrival of spring and rebirth of the land.

    Happy Days! big_smile

    I, unfortunately, missed the signs in the sky foretelling numerous things (lunar eclipse) due to heavy cloud cover, but I hope you saw the evidence of the correctness of your beliefs in the sky wherever you are, and I also hope your priests and prophets have not interpreted it as instructions to go rampaging across to attack a neighboring troop of talking monkeys. wink

    http://markpknowles.com/wp-content/uploads/cross-crux.png

    If you wish to produce your own constellation maps - you can do so here:

    http://pp3.sourceforge.net/

    1. Aya Katz profile image81
      Aya Katzposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Happy Winter Solstice to you, too, Mark. I will be celebrating it with my fellow talking great apes. No monkeys here. There's nobody with a tail in my household, except the dogs, of course.

      1. Mark Knowles profile image60
        Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Elitist! big_smile

  2. pennyofheaven profile image81
    pennyofheavenposted 7 years ago

    Well that wouldn't apply to me because its summer here. But happy Winter Solstice to you!

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Happy summer solstice to you. big_smile

      1. pennyofheaven profile image81
        pennyofheavenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Awww thanks!

  3. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    Well Mark thank you for your good wishes. I shall indeed be celebrating the solstice with friends and I expect to celebrate it good and proper.

    Vodka in hand, I'll raise a glass and thank the sun for being the glorious heavenly being that it is.

    We'd be pretty buggered without it smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, we would. smile

  4. Paraglider profile image93
    Paragliderposted 7 years ago

    In a couple of days I'll be flying out of this warm, sunny Qatar 'winter' back to a fortnight of finest British cold and dark. And that's intentional!

    Have a good one, whatever it is, Mark & Everyone smile

  5. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    Thank you Mark smile same to you. A toast to the upcoming New Year too wink big_smile

  6. Lily Rose profile image85
    Lily Roseposted 7 years ago

    Thank you and seasons greetings to you and all the rest of my hubber friends!

  7. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 7 years ago

    And a happy solstice to you, Mark!  May your life be filled with nuts and berries and the lions and cheetahs leave you alone.

    (swings away through the trees, chittering)

  8. manlypoetryman profile image76
    manlypoetrymanposted 7 years ago

    Happy "Star power" to you on your calendar marked seasoned event, Mark.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks guys. big_smile

  9. profile image60
    C.J. Wrightposted 7 years ago

    It's the flying monkeys that scare me....you know "Fly my pretties FLY!!!!"

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      No relation. wink

      1. profile image60
        C.J. Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Well, that's good to know. Happy Solstice.

  10. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    Enjoy the season Mr Mark, to you and your family!

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You too. You saving your favor for a rainy day? smile

      1. prettydarkhorse profile image63
        prettydarkhorseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Oh I want to get it on January 1st week, I might won the other one, I will remind you on the first of 2011, YAY

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Aha - OK. Good luck. big_smile

  11. Joy56 profile image78
    Joy56posted 7 years ago

    aw Mark you mean you dont want to argue..... your not a scrooge type humbug man then?????

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      We usually see only what we want to see. I am active outside of the irrational beliefs forum you know. wink

      1. Joy56 profile image78
        Joy56posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        oh no you are not, joke

  12. Mark Ewbie profile image87
    Mark Ewbieposted 7 years ago

    Certainly I will wish you a Merry Xmas Mark, and hope that you feel the warm hand of the prophet in many of your personal areas over the festive season.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have indeed been touched by His Noodly Appendage. big_smile

      1. Mark Ewbie profile image87
        Mark Ewbieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Ha ha, not often enough do I get to genuinely lol...

        Seriously mate, Merry whatever to you.

  13. KCC Big Country profile image87
    KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago

    I saw something about talking monkeys and thought y'all were talking about me.  smile    Happy Summer Solstice!

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Are you on the other end of the planet as well then?

      1. KCC Big Country profile image87
        KCC Big Countryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        No....sorry...in my haste (I was at work)....I should have made it generic.  It's Winter Solstice for me.  (although, it was in the 80s here today!)

  14. Daniel Carter profile image74
    Daniel Carterposted 7 years ago

    It's my son's birthday today. 24 years old. Fine guy, that one. When he was small I told him he came on the darkest day of the year so the earth would find light and turn to spring again. He never bought the lie, but he liked that I loved him so much. Smart one, too.

    Happy Winter Solstice, Mark. I hope if you're going to get dumped on with snow that it's at least bright and pleasant for the holiday.

    smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Same to you - not much danger of anything but rain where I am. Wish your son (the next prophet I am sure) Happy Birthday - and don't be stingy with the presents. lol

      Most peopel I know with birthdays close to X-mas get "combined" presents........

      1. Daniel Carter profile image74
        Daniel Carterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        True enough on the combined presents thing.

        "Profit" is more to my liking. As for my son, he's fairly smart, although young, but is able to decide for himself.  smile

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I knew it - You owe him 24 birthday presents. lol

    2. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Funny!  My son's birthday is today, too.  He's 29, though.

      I've always teased him that he arrived on the darkest day of the year; it could only get better after that!

  15. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Have a great holiday Mark and be safe. Thank you. smile

    I also hope everyone enjoys their holiday as well! smile

  16. Pearldiver profile image81
    Pearldiverposted 7 years ago

    Seasons Greetings to You Mark and Everyone who just experienced the red moon effect and that C-c-c-cold snap... though it was blue here as a result of our warm, sultry summer breezes sad

    Take Care and Be Well.. hope your weather is not too harsh.

  17. mythbuster profile image79
    mythbusterposted 7 years ago

    Thanks Mark - Happy Solstice to ya.

    Bummer that you got outed from the irrational beliefs forum.

  18. Misha profile image70
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    God bless you, Mark, for your kind words! Same at yea big_smile

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      big_smile

  19. habee profile image94
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Now Hades is almost ready to release Persephone, so Demeter will once more allow Earth to awaken and be fruitful.

    Did anyone go to Stonehenge last night? Or is that gathering still allowed?

    Mark, do you exchange gifts in celebration of the Winter Solstice? If so, what does the wrapping paper look like?

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      We do that on the Summer Solstice - or we used to.

      1. habee profile image94
        habeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Oops! I though it was done in winter and in summer.

        Oh, it is! Here are some pics of the 2004 Winter Solstice gathering at Stonehenge:

        http://www.new-age.co.uk/winter-solstic … e-pics.htm

        COOL!!

        1. Mark Knowles profile image60
          Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Never been to that. When did that start?

          1. habee profile image94
            habeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Dunno, but I'd love to attend!

            1. Mark Knowles profile image60
              Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              It would kill you this year. For sure. Salisbury plain is bleak at the best of times. Go for the Summer Solstice. big_smile

  20. Randy Godwin profile image91
    Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago

    Winter solstice greetings, Mark!  Yes, we celebrated by dancing under the red moon, imbibing with ritual drinks, and the sacrifice of Virginians.  Amazing how easy it is to get them to come down here if you have booze and food!.

    1. habee profile image94
      habeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good thing you're right off the interstate - you can lure those unsuspecting Virginians in on their way to Florida.

      BTW, RD, you lost out on Mel's choice for favorite hubber due to a lack of cheese.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image91
        Randy Godwinposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        True, but I still don't know why those terrorists wanted to kill themselves and get all those Virginians.



        Serpents do not often win popularity contests.  It goes with the territory.  Tell Mel she blew half a hoop.  That'll teach her!

    2. Misha profile image70
      Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Wonder how I managed to escape this so far?! yikes

      1. Randy Godwin profile image91
        Randy Godwinposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        You are invited to the next ritual, Misha.  We have plenty of food and booze.



                                       





                                       
                                       slither

        1. Misha profile image70
          Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Any apples? I'll bring my wife then wink

          1. Randy Godwin profile image91
            Randy Godwinposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            No apples, but we do have, Peaches-All Flavors!  LOL!

            1. Misha profile image70
              Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Please turn them to the other side before we arrive tongue

              1. Randy Godwin profile image91
                Randy Godwinposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Butt of course, Misha!

        2. habee profile image94
          habeeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I miss those rituals we used to have at the pasture pond! Those were fun!!!!

          1. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            This sounds like my sort of ritual. wink

  21. profile image0
    china manposted 7 years ago

    Happy stuff and many bottles to you too Mark.  Interesting thing about reading the stars, Taoism (religious not the philosphy Tao) here in China does fortune telling and they use Venus - but I guess from here it doesn't traverse the conventional star shape through the years as their diagram is different - Will this make their god a different shape ?

    Must do a hub on this one day if I can research it without too much effort smile

  22. Bill Manning profile image72
    Bill Manningposted 7 years ago

    Happy many multi-cultural thingy holiday season to you all! I'm one of those who get my birthday presents lumped in with Christmas too. No wonder I feel god-like! big_smile lol roll

    1. Misha profile image70
      Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Fellow Capricorn?

      1. Bill Manning profile image72
        Bill Manningposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Why yes I am Misha, happy to know another sure footed, stubborn and successful goat! smile

        1. Misha profile image70
          Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Cool, now I know why I liked you right from the onset smile

  23. Mighty Mom profile image82
    Mighty Momposted 7 years ago

    We were able to view the eclipse last night -- stunning! I believe it's significant in some cosmic karma way. It's been pouring rain here for days, but stopped last night. It was so still out -- eerie (in a good way0. Some gorgeous, fast-moving clouds made the red moon experience all the more exotic.


    Happy Winter to All ...and to All Increased Light!
    MM
    P.S. I thought this thread was about KCC, also!

    1. Trish_M profile image83
      Trish_Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Winter Solstice greetings to all fellow hubbers!

  24. Greek One profile image73
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    Mark, as a Martian I find you earth-seasonal-centric worship irrational and a sure path to war

  25. Bob Ewing profile image54
    Bob Ewingposted 7 years ago

    Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year to all.

 
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