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The Earth is closest to the Sun, or at the perihelion, about 2 weeks after the December Solstice, when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Conversely, the Earth is farthest away from the Sun, at the aphelion point, 2 weeks after the June Solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying warm summer months.
Many people call December 21st 'the shortest day' or some 'the longest night' .
Some call it the Winter Solstice , and others The Winter Equinox
What they don't tend to call it is 'The New Year' , but that's exactly what it is .
None of the animals or plants wait for a calendar date at 12 o clock to celebrate the new beginning , but listen when it comes and you will hear the birds singing gladly on this day .
We don't need to be Pagans or some other subverts to a belief system to celebrate the true new year .
When I've said 'happy new year' to people on this day , they've often said 'what?'
And it shows just how much we've become separated from the planet we live on , and the very reality we engage in without thought to it's processes .
Each new year is a very important part of life for all things . Think of the growth which comes with spring .
But now we've lost step and we're not in tune with reality .
One day the true new year will matter again .
originally posted by: InhaleExhale
originally posted by: surfer_soul
a reply to: Boadicea
Seems fairly simple to me, the winter solstice represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.
so how does a 3 months from solstice to equinox or 6 month cycle between the 2 solstices equal a year?
3x4 equinox =12 months = 1 year
6x2 solstices =12 months, simples
However the winter solstice only occurs once per year, so it could easily be a marker to represent the end of one year or the beginning of another.
As any other day could but the winter solstice would be more significant to pre Christian cultures in the northern hemisphere than any other random day.