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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:08 pm 
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Secular Solstice and Equinox Celebrations: Community without the Dogma

In our view, astrotheology is the bridge between freethought and religion. A great way to create a community without all the dogma is through Secular Solstice, Equinox and seasonal peak Celebrations.

I think Freethinkers should challenge traditional religious holiday celebrations. Such as "Christmas" and "Easter" for example. There are perfectly valid scientific and historical reasons to celebrate Secular Solstice, Equinox and seasonal peak Celebrations. And especially the winter solstice and the spring equinox ... without any need for religious underpinnings at all. We do *NOT* need religion to celebrate these natural phenomena whatsoever.

Challenge Religious Tradition with Secular Solstice, Equinox and seasonal peak Celebrations. Today, we find atheists and Freethinkers like myself getting involved in the winter solstice fun:

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"ATHEISTS: There has been a recent increase in solstice observances by Atheists in the U.S. For example, The American Atheists and local Atheist groups have organized celebrations for 2000-DEC, including the Great North Texas Infidel Bash in Weatherford TX; Winter Solstice bash in Roselle NJ; Winter Solstice Parties in York PA, Boise ID, North Bethesda MD, and Des Moines IA; Winter Solstice Gatherings in Phoenix AZ and Denver CO: a Year End Awards and Review Dinner (YEAR) in San Francisco, CA."
http://www.religioustolerance.org/winter_solstice.htm

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"Solstice Gift-Giving: Just like Christmas or Hanukah gift-giving but on the Solstice. Science-related items such as telescopes and microscopes, books and music, and educational toys are ideal Solstice gifts.)"
http://www.secularseasons.org/december/ ... stice.html

Build your own sundial or Stonehenge to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes. Sundial Society - http://sundials.org

I actually enjoy natural phenomena - If we stick together and make this FUN, we can make a difference.
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1st Ever Winter Solstice Webcast:

"For the first time ever, the 2007 Winter Solstice illumination of the passage and chamber at Newgrange will be streamed live on the internet.

The webcast and an exhibition at the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the re-discovery of the Winter Solstice Phenomenon at Newgrange by Professor O’Kelly in 1967.

The Winter Solstice event from inside the chamber at Newgrange will be broadcast on the mornings of Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December 2007. If conditions are good the rising sun will illuminate the passage and chamber between 8:58am and 9:15am GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)."

"Each year the winter solstice event attracts much attention at Newgrange. Many gather at the ancient tomb to wait for dawn, as people did 5,000 years ago."
http://www.newgrange.com/webcast.htm

I see no reason folks in America can't build these - STONE CIRCLES, SUNWHEELS, & CALENDAR SITES -- ASTRONOMY AROUND THE GLOBE:

http://www.astro.umass.edu/~young/links.html

http://www.umass.edu/sunwheel/pages/whatis.html

http://www.umass.edu/sunwheel/index2.html

http://donald.astro.umass.edu/~young/sunwheel.html

http://www.astro.umass.edu/~young/young.html

http://www.astro.umass.edu/people.php?i ... tory/young

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:28 am 
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Great idea. We should all pass this around like an Xmas card. If everyone sends it to ten people and ask them to do the same it might have a nice impact.
Obviously these chain letter type things break down ultimatley but even so...


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There are eight festivals associated with the seasons. We have the four Solar festivals which fall on the solstices and equinoxes marking the start of each new season. And we have the four Celtic Fire festivals marking the peak of each season and are tied to the phases of the Moon. Together, the Solar Festivals and the Fire Festivals make up the Sunwheel of the year

The Four Celtic Fire Festivals

Winter peak - Imbolc - Feb 2nd
Candlemas.

Spring peak - Beltane - April 30th/May 1st

Summer peak - Lughnasa - July 31st/Aug 1st

Fall peak - Samhain - October 31
Halloween

The Four Solar Festivals

Winter Solstice - Yule - Dec 21st/22nd

Spring Equinox - Ostara - Mar 21st/22nd

Summer Solstice - Lithia - Midsummers Eve - June 21st/22nd

Autumn Equinox - Harvest - Mabon - Sept 21st/22nd

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Happy Summer Solstice everybody!

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Pagans, partygoers greet solstice at Stonehenge

"STONEHENGE, England – Pagans and partygoers drummed, danced or gyrated in hula hoops to stay awake through the night, as more than 35,000 people greeted the summer solstice Sunday at the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge.

Despite fears of trouble because of the record-sized crowd, police said the annual party at the mysterious monument was mostly peaceful...."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_britain_stonehenge


Stonehenge druid on solstice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21Xtbh3Sl4c

Notice how PEACEFUL the Pagans are?

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"This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions".

Stonehenge is copyright! :shock:

Have a good one guys and gals :D

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Wow, what a load of crap! Well, it's only 42 seconds and really wasn't anything more than a brief news cast. You're not really missing anything.

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Forget Stonehenge: 5 questions put science back in summer solstice

"Huge crowds are expected to gather at Stonehenge in England this weekend to celebrate an annual astronomical event – the summer solstice. Officially beginning 5:45 Universal Time on June 21, the 2009 summer solstice marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Pagans and Wiccans gather at the solstice to honor the sun and to dedicate their service to the earth. But many solstice revelers use the extra hours of sunlight as an excuse to party. According to an article in The Guardian, the Wiltshire police are bringing horses, drug sniffing dogs and an unmanned drone to control the 30,000 people expected to descend upon the ancient ruins. The article goes on to say that “peace-loving” Druids are taking their celebrations elsewhere to avoid the unruly throngs.

I don’t blame them.

I can’t think of anything less spiritual than crowding shoulder-to-shoulder with a bunch of hippies and wannabe wizards who want to get drunk watching the sun come up. But there's plenty of science surrounding the solstice. So here are the answers to five commonly asked questions about the solstice to add a bit of science fun to your celebration.

1. When is the solstice? I mentioned earlier on that the solstice will occur at 5:45 Universal Time on June 21, 2009. Is UT the same as Greenwich Mean Time? Find out at this website from EarthandSky.org. Have the kids, or your mathematically challenged spouse, try to figure out exactly when the solstice will occur where you live. Be warned: the start time may have passed by the time you figure it out, but it is worth trying. If you wonder when the solstice will occur next year or when it occurred last year, check the calendar of Equinoxes, Solstices, Perihelion, and Aphelion for 2000 to 2020 from the US Naval Observatory. The USNO also has an astronomical almanac online, scads of data I would not know what to do with, and a lovely little newsletter that you must read called “The Sky This Week,” that explains astronomy in layman’s terms. I don’t know who writes “The Sky This Week,” but the thing is absolute poetry and will make you fall in love with astronomy all over again.

2. Why do we have solstices? We have a solstice because of our “wonky” planet Earth, proclaims the BBC.com. The British broadcasters have an excellent page explaining in simple terms why we have seasons, when they occur, and where the sun and the Earth are positioned during all of this. The solstices occur due to the tilt of the earth on its axis –that imaginary line that runs through the center of the globe. At the summer solstice, June 21, the earth is tilted 23 degrees toward the sun and the northern hemisphere receives the most sunlight. At the winter solstice, December 21, the planet is tilted 23 degrees away from the sun and the southern hemisphere basks in the sun’s glory. Right now, my friends in Australia are bundling up for a chilly winter, while I am pulling out the shorts and tank-tops

3. Why isn’t it hottest at the summer solstice? If the summer solstice is the longest day, you would think that it also would be the hottest day. It isn’t and, as EarthandSky.org explains, it has to do with a phenomenon called the “lag of seasons.” Just as adding hot water to a cold bath does not instantaneously heat it up, the sun needs a little time to warm up the earth. Some snow and ice must melt before the planet can really get toasty. Check the thermometer in late July and August, and note that, even though the days are getting shorter then, the temperatures will be going up.

4. What does the earth look like from space at this very moment? John Walker, a programmer and blogger, has developed some visual software that allows you to view the Earth, both the day and night regions, at this very moment from the perspective of the moon or the sun. You also can set the longitude, latitude and altitude as well as view the Earth as if from an orbiting satellite or hovering 7 km above one of a couple hundred cities on earth. It’s not like Google Earth, but I still like this viewer. Pretend you are inside the International Space Station looking down on the planet below and watch the sun rise from there.

5. Does the sun “rest” for three days during the solstice? Astronomers and mystics have been asking this question since ancient times. If you observe the sun near the solstices, it certainly appears to set in the same spot every day. This article by Asger Mollerup describes the use of sundials and specifically the gnomon (the part that stands up) to track the sun during a solstice, as well as during other astronomical events. Mollerup has posted some fascinating photos that show the summer sun setting on the horizon and appearing to rest in the exact location for three days straight. He also has photos and descriptions of astroarchaelogical sites throughout Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia); just in case you thought the Mayans and the Druids had the market cornered on sun worship."


20 Things You Didn't Know About... The Summer Solstice
http://discovermagazine.com/2008/jun/19 ... r-solstice

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This is really cool - give this website titled, Circles for Peace a good going over!

Stone Sundial

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Sundial Education

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http://circlesforpeace.org/category/education/page/2/

http://circlesforpeace.org/images/SundialStone.pdf

Setting the Summer Solstice Stone


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:15 am 
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How To Celebrate the Summer Solstice


Summer Solstice: 21 June 2010

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:40 pm 
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There's a short video in the article linked below that I wanted to share here for good measure. I am hoping that someone will upload this particular video to youtube because it mentions other cities and is the newest video. I'd like to be able to embed it to the blog linked below.

Manhattanhenge

As a reminder, here's the blog:

Manhattanhenge: New York's 'magical' astronomical alignments

The Mythicist Position video

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