And a Very Merry Christmas as well!
You may have wondered at how quiet we’ve been at Happy.Healthy.Loved and that’s due to one very important reason – we went to Glastonbury for the Winter Solstice and the Dawning of the New Mayan Calendar. It was amazing!!
With two young children it’s been a busy December with Christmas shows for both, the Christmas Fair to raise funds for school, gathering donations for the teachers presents (all 8 of them!), organising the children’s trip to Somerset AND preparing ourselves for Glastonbury. Phew!
The Solstice this year was important for many people as it was the end of the Mayan Calendar.
Firstly, some Solstice Info…
The Winter Solstice is defined by the sun being directly overhead on the Tropic of Capricorn (which lies in the southern hemisphere). You could say it’s the Southern most point of the Sun’s path. It is the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight hours for those living north of the equator, and vice-versa for those down under. The date is somewhere between 20 and 23 December every year – the actual date dependent on when the Sun aligns directly on the Tropic of Capricorn. This year the actual Solstice occurred at 11:11am (UT) on Friday 21st December. Quite prophetic for those who know numerology.
Earth-friendly religions and spiritual practices mark the alignment of the Sun at certain times of the year – the Solstices and the Equinoxes. They are times to pause and give thanks to the Sun and the Earth for… Life. Without the Sun or the Earth we would not be alive. There are further reasons to stop and pause on these days, but I’ll write more on that another time.
Now, the Mayan Calendar…
The Mayan civilisation existed approximately 2000BC (there is debate about this date so that is a guesstimate but still a really long time ago!) and incredibly they had an advanced calendar system that involved not 1 but 3 calendars – including 1 calendar with 365 days (the Haab) – the same as ours. The picture right shows El Castillo, the pyramid of Chichen Itza, which contains 4 sets of 91 steps plus a platform at the top equalling 365 – symbolising the four seasons of the year. Consider how amazing a feat it was to build this back in around the year 1050!!
One of the other calendars, the Long Count, looks like this
and without going into too much detail it is similar to the Julian Day calendar and represents the days/years in a Mayan era. The first day of the Long Count is written
and on December 21st 2012 – Winter Solstice – that particular Mayan Calendar ended – an era which had lasted 5,125 years! That was the whole reason that doomsdayers were saying it was the end of the world. Yet really it was only the end of an era.
A New Era Dawns…
On HealingStars.com Astrologer Pam speaks of the amazing astrological alignments that are currently in the heavens, such as the Finger of Fate, or the Finger of Yod. Pam writes,
‘Note that Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter are all at the exact same degree- ie. 8 degrees. Significant at the Solstice is that Venus (love and relationships) is at the midpoint of this Yod, showing that the way forward is love. (Venus will move to 8 degrees by the afternoon on December 22nd.)’
It is my hope that this new dawning brings a new consciousness of love for our planet and for humanity.
The Tor is considered the Heart Chakra of the Earth, it is also the site of the first Christian church in the British Isles and claimed to be the Avalon of King Arthur. Down the road is Stonehenge, legendary Druid site (which had 5,000+ people on Winter Solstice!) The whole area is a magickal place steeped in history. We climbed the Tor before dawn and welcomed the dawning of the Winter Solstice Sun, and prayed that fear and anger be released with the end of the Mayan Calendar, and love and awareness be brought in with the new.
It was a beautiful, beautiful sunrise, and considering all around was flooded and had been raining non-stop for days, it was indeed a miracle that we were standing dry upon the Tor watching the Sun clearly rise.
Blessings to my wonderful teacher Shola for organising the retreat and for sharing with us your wisdom and leadership.
Happy Solstice & Merry Christmas to All!