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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 2014: Shortest Day Of The Year Marked By Pagan Celebrations

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

In 2014, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will begin on Dec. 21 at 6:03 p.m. EST. To calculate the turning point in your time zone, clic...

Global Meditation Celebrates World Spirit Day on December 21

Jacob Devaney | Posted 12.18.2014 | Good News
Jacob Devaney

The solstice reminds us of our connection to the dance of the planets and seasons. It is a time for family and gathering to to celebrate and give thanks.

In Pursuit of Light

James M. Chesbro | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
James M. Chesbro

I do not think anyone should feel ashamed for not feeling the way all the screens tell us we should feel. If you are sad while we are farthest away from the sun, while everyone else seems to be having a holly jolly Christmas, you are not flawed.

Ancient Monument May Hold Astronomical Secret

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 04.07.2014 | Science

Add the Monastery at Petra to the monuments that humans probably built for astronomical purposes. New research suggests that ancient architects trac...

Why Was Stonehenge Built?

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 03.23.2014 | Science

Researchers recently had the rare chance to thwack the giant megaliths at Stonehenge and noted that they each resonated with sounds like those of met...

The Passing of the Old Year: Confucian Thoughts

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

With each day, the sun warms our bodies and our hearts with a few more minutes of light as we move slowly toward Vernal Equinox and spring. Each religious tradition has expressed thoughts about this transition in our year and thus in our lives, both physical and spiritual.

Why I Remain Suspicious Of Anti-Aging Claims

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 02.17.2014 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

The slender, young woman had just given me a one-hour massage. My mind and body were euphorically relaxed and I wanted to go home, make a pot of chai, and extend the life-is-good feeling that I had paid for.

Possibility Pods on Winter Solstice 2014

Grove Harris | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
Grove Harris

Winter solstice is a time to honor the dark, and also celebrate the returning light.

Spend Your Shortest Day Right

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

Today (Saturday) is the winter solstice, also known as the shortest day of the year. This means that today, our great nation will receive a mere nine ...

How Your Favorite Winter Scents Can Also Benefit Your Wellness

Posted 12.20.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

Nature's Winter Solstice Message

Linda Buzzell | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

This is my prayer for winter solstice 2013: that we have at last reached the depths of the darkest night before the beginning of a new dawn. Warm solstice season wishes to all, including our beloved animals, plants and planet, for the return of light in all of our lives.

Ideas for Your Winter Solstice Wedding Ceremony

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 02.16.2014 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

The solstice is an auspicious occasion that is celebrated around the world. It represents a turning point in the year, just as marriage represents a turning point in your lives, and it can be a very happy time for a wedding.

Embracing the Darkness of Winter Solstice

Lisa Levart | Posted 02.15.2014 | Women
Lisa Levart

Darkness comes early as Solstice draws near. Lights are lit in windows, on trees, inside houses and along streets. We seek their comfort and warmth during these short days and long nights.

Including the Earth in Our Prayers

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

We are part of a magical, beautiful, and suffering Earth, whose darkening we have created with our endless exploitation. The Earth, which is so infinitely generous, needs our prayers, needs our loving, our open hearts and remembrance.

How to Nurture Yourself as You Enter the Cave of Winter Solstice

Tamara Star | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tamara Star

The winter season may feel stark and empty, but beneath its deceptive surface, there is a rich landscape of fertility leading us towards springtime.

Gratitude and the Gift of Life

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Good News
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Whether it is Hanukkah or Thanksgiving, Christmas or Winter Solstice, New Year's Eve or a festival of light, the human instinct to move closer to the source of light and life intensifies when the world around us grows darker and colder.

LOOK: These 13 Snowy Scenes That Show The Best Side Of Winter

Posted 12.08.2013 | HuffPost Home

Winter has yet to officially begin and the long dark days, slushy streets and chilly temps have already gotten to us. Tempting as it may be to crawl u...

Another Winter Holiday!?

Amanda Gregory | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Amanda Gregory

Chalica is a little known and comparatively new winter holiday that celebrates service, compassion, and respcect, but in the middle of a season already bursting at the seams with celebrations, why would anyone consider adding another holiday to the mix?

Summer Solstice 2013

Steven Goldsmith | Posted 08.27.2013 | College
Steven Goldsmith

Friday, June 21st was the 2013 summer solstice. As I have posted previously, Austin College's new IDEA Center is a very large astronomical observatory...

Randall's Day 5 Roundup From Cannes - Live From the Rooftop

Randall Rothenberg | Posted 08.21.2013 | Technology
Randall Rothenberg

After attending several events with major figures in digital advertising and marketing last night, including our own IAB Agency Advisory Board, I was fortunate enough to get a glimpse of media agencies in the future, courtesy of the new training ground lead by Dean of the Young Lions Media Academy, Maria Luisa Francoli.

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.