Twice a year, in late March and September, a rather special solar phenomena takes place -- the equinox. On the equinox our planet's equator passes the center of the sun at just the right angle to ensure day and night are the same lengths. Fancy, huh?!
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.
This annual celebration is one of the most popular events in New York City during the holiday season. In my interview with Paul Winter, he tells us about what he has in store for this year's performance.
Since it determines both the cycle of the day and the circle of the seasonal year, the sun provides the structure of our existence, the framework within which our world revolves. As such, it seems to suggest all celestial and earthly order.
Efforts to suppress nature-based beliefs and practices have been tremendously successful. Those who believe that there are spiritual beings or forces in nature have been denigrated as primitive and superstitious.
We will be treated to a dance in the sky that will not repeat for hundreds of years on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. This will be a lunar eclipse at the same time as the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.