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Winter Solstice

Will 2013 Bring a New, Sustainable World?

Pavan Sukhdev | Posted 03.17.2013 | Green
Pavan Sukhdev

Winter solstice 2012 was a quiet day.Planes did not fall out of the sky. A nuclear holocaust was not launched. A giant meteorite did not slam into our planet. But if you had listened for a quieter strain, you would have heard her. A new world had begun.

10 Life Lessons in 108 Sun Salutations

Lauren Cahn | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

This week marked the winter solstice. To celebrate the longer, more light-filled days to come, I like to perform 108 sun salutations in the late afternoon as the sun is going down.

Happy Holidays!

Hank the Cat | Posted 02.25.2013 | DC
Hank the Cat

One of the reasons I find the history of Christmas so fascinating is because it's a perfect example of how radically America has changed throughout the past four centuries, and how much it continues to change today just in our lifetimes.

Season Of Light

Mirabai Starr | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

In this light all barriers melt and we remember our essential interconnectedness. In this light we notice that there is no such thing as the Other.

Winter Solstice: A Confucian View

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Where world religions are often seen to incorporate the metaphor of darkness and light, little has been considered of a Confucian view of darkness and light or the nadir of light at Winter Solstice.

Darkness and Light

Lindsey Mead | Posted 02.20.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

In the last few years, I have grown more aware of and more intimate with the role that light and dark play in my life. There's no better example of this than my family's over 30-year participation in a traditional party on the winter solstice.

Bolivia's President Celebrates Mayan 'Apocalypse' With Tradition, Ushers In Era Of Love

Posted 12.21.2012 | World

The Mayan apocalypse, predicted to take place on Dec. 21, has arrived without so much as a sputter. But while many around the world began to shutter t...

Discovering New Meaning Of Advent Through Ancient Pagan Practice

Caroline Oakes | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Caroline Oakes

Counter-intuitive as it may be for those of a particularly rigid faith, I marvel at the way ancient, pagan traditions can bring unexpected and quietly powerful meaning into the celebration of many Christian rituals.

Winter Solstice 2012: Time for New Alignment

Grove Harris | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Grove Harris

What if the universe is conspiring towards a great turning? What if we decide to act as if that's true? There is reason to hope, to awaken, and to be open to a new alignment. Blessed be.

Happy First Day Of Winter!

Posted 12.21.2012 | Green

From LiveScience: In the very likely event that we survive Friday's rumored Mayan apocalypse, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will at least ...

Honoring The Winter Solstice

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

For contemporary people, solstices -- summer or winter -- are a chance to still ourselves inside, to behold the glory of the cosmos, and to take a breath with the Sacred.

Winter Solstice 2012: Pagan Celebrations Mark The Return Of The Sun (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 12.21.2012 | Religion

Click through to see photos of Winter Solstice celebrations: In 2012, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will occur on Dec. 21, 2012 ...

Yule: Be The Light Of The Returning Sun

Teo Bishop | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Teo Bishop

I would like for us to redeem ourselves to each other, to come to terms with the distance we put between us and our neighbors, to release ourselves from indifference, to recognize that our lives are indelibly interconnected.

Twin Miracles

Gary Zukav | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Gary Zukav

There are two solstices each year. These are astronomical moments when the light is greatest and the dark is least (Summer Solstice) and when the light is least and darkness is greatest (Winter Solstice). Each solstice is a domain of experience unto itself.

Rites and Lights of the Winter Solstice

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.19.2012 | Weird News
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Thanks to scientific knowledge, we understand why December 21st is the shortest day in the year. But that wasn't so for ancient human beings, who feared the sun might never shine long enough again to grow crops.

26 Acts, Three Days of Love Unify to Change the World

Jacob Devaney | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Let us all respond with love and kindness in honor of the children in Connecticut and everywhere that have fallen victim to violence. We are One Human Family despite our differences, we grieve with the same tears and laugh with the same open hearts.

Why the World Doesn't End

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

This season, when the darkness seems to grow deeper around us, may be the time to gather often with candles marking prayers for the future and help tip the scales towards peace and greater understanding.

Dec. 21, 2012: I Hope You Choose Love

Linda E. Savage | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda E. Savage

The winter solstice (Dec. 21 in the Northern Hemisphere) is one of the most important celestial events of the year, and it has always been a festival of lights in every culture. In ancient times, people knew that winter would be hard, so they found a way to feel hope in the season of dark.

12 Things To See Before The Apocalypse

U.S. News Travel | Posted 02.13.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

With the Maya apocalypse fast approaching, now is the time to start crossing some things off your bucket list. If you've ever wanted to stay on a private island, gamble with your life savings, or treat yourself to the best meal on Earth, you've got less than two weeks to do it.

A Prayer At The Winter Solstice

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

As we come toward the time of the winter solstice and a few days later the celebration of Christmas, we are reminded once again of the primal mystery of darkness and light, and the light being born in the darkness.

The Hanukkah Miracle Of Re-dedication

Matisyahu | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion

There is always something -- a little spark of divinity, a little oil to make a ray of light to shine in the darkness -- something we can take hold of and use to re-build our lives. All it takes is a little light, a little hope to get started.

Hanukkah Light: Looking Out and In During the Holiday Season

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Nature has parked itself on small sections of our city's corner. Soon, the trees will be gone, my son observes, sold to homes where they will decorate living rooms and be adorned with bows, ornaments, trinkets and gifts. His living room will be empty of such wonder.

The First Day Of Summer (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green

Months of warm weather, water sports and barbecues are nearly upon us, with the first day of summer on the horizon. Wednesday June 20, 2012 at 7:0...

What The Groundhog Is Really Telling Us

Donna Henes | Posted 04.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Though decidedly silly, Groundhog Day is a direct and thriving descendant of age-old midwinter divinatory practices.

Solstice Joy

Gary Zukav | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Gary Zukav

The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and wit...