Getting to know my animus ! In the Jungian sense of the word, of course!! The image ‘spoke’ these words: natural, brave, tender, fun, quirky.
The covers and first page of my #womenunleashedretreat journal.
Winter inspires both joy and woe. Some people can’t wait for the cooler weather, snow, skiing and ice skating, curling up by a fire, and the holiday spirit. Other people dislike the frigid temperatures, blizzards, and wild weather.
The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day. At the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still. The Sun is directly overhead at “high-noon” on Winter Solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn.
Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs around December 21 or 22. In the Southern Hemisphere, around June 20 or 21.
Information from The Farmers’ Almanac.
DH and I spent a lovely afternoon yesterday with our family. DS and DD have bought a new tent to use for holidays and were keen to practice pitching it and to see how much room there would be inside. The weather was gorgeous and the campsite had beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. It was hard to believe that we were only two miles from where DD and her family live on a very busy main road.
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It’s Groundhog Day in the USA as I was reminded by this tweet from Stephen Fry:-
Oh no! Apparently Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. A long winter ahead it seems… #GroundhogDay
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) February 2, 2014
I decided to find out if there was a similar tradition in the UK. I found a lovely web site about Traditions and Folklore here, published by a Primary School in Kent and there is indeed weather folklore that says:-
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter won’t come again.
If Candlemas Day be dry and fair,
The half o the winter’s to come and mair;
If Candlemas Day be wet and foul,
The half o the winter’s gane at Yule.
So, the day is named Candlemas in the christian folklore calender, groundhog day in the USA and the Germans have a weather proverb about a badger that could be compared with the Woodchuck or Groundhog!
This photo was taken from my living room window this morning….can you predict the weather for the next few weeks? What was it like where you lived?
I don’t believe any of it but if anyone can come up with a scientific explanation, then let’s look into it further. Any suggestions on how to deal with the Jet Stream or the Atlantic Lows will be very welcome!
For more information about February traditions and folklore in the UK look here.
Happy Groundhog Day/Candlemas to you all!!!!!!!