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Happy Winter Solstice

Greetings to everyone as the lunar eclipse and solstice is upon us. There is fine, diverse, and eloquent cyber activity addressing different aspects of this auspicious time. Please enjoy what I came up with for this week’s blog.

Most importantly, all of us at TMA wish everyone a very happy, safe, healthy, and blessed darkest — and brightest — night!

Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Solstice12.21.10,  at CosmicSense, has some lovely photographs and some sound advice: “It would be wise to do what you can to avoid emotional exhaustion and over-stimulation of the nervous system (good luck)”

Melanie Reinhart conducts a ‘Twelve Holy Nights’ retreat every year, “a wonderful process of personal and spiritual renewal for lovers of astrology and its symbolism. It begins December 24th, and goes through until January 5th, and can be adapted to your own life circumstances around the festive season.” She shares her material on her website so you can join in from wherever you are.

Here are some highlights from Paul Winter’s annual solstice concert at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. (There is some free music to download.)

This was a popular link from last year’s solstice blog – A Body Posture to Celebrate and Tune Into Winter Solstice & Capricorn Energies

Nearby, Cosmic Tunes – Lunar Eclipse is a nice compilation of “the science and the symbolism” of this eclipse. “Running into Shadow and Polarity might mean tension, but it doesn’t mean disaster if we cultivate Quality awareness, Detachment, equanimity, and paying attention to our acts, words, & inner states.”

(This site is also coordinating a cyber solstice celebration.)

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse ~ The Light of Spiritual Initiation is Laura Boomer-Trent’s lovely view of this time, accompanied by lively graphics.

This YouTube video has great graphics about the solstice and will broadcast the solstice live from Stonehenge.

John Wadsworth’s Astrology Blog is a video on the eclipse that explains it as Wiccan Winter Solstice Song accompanied by artwork: “Enter the night and you’ll find the light.”

Here is a nice Winter Solstice guitar solo from Simon Touchette of The Tea Party (an Australian group).

And for some of the astrology bloggers on the times:

Robert Wilkerson at Aquarius Papers.

Jude Cowell at Stars Over Washington

The Art and Astrology of Maria Kay Simms (scroll down) for the eclipse and the month’s following lunar phases.

Heaven and Earth AstroBlog has a nice article on the solstice which includes the prominent asteroids and chart graphics.

Rob Tillett (from New South Wales) includes current events in his article on this eclipse (and the upcoming solar eclipse in January).

Barbara Hand Clow writes on the 2010 Winter Solstice.

CIA, the Cosmic Intelligence Agency, has a written report on the Capricorn Solstice.

And a YouTube video report.

In the excitement about Mr. Assange’s birth time (?), you may have missed Gary Caton’s fine recent TMA blog on the lunar eclipse.

Here’s a piano solo for the solstice.

A Winter Solstice video meditation

NASA’s site with great info: “If you’re planning to dash out for only one quick look — it is December, after all — choose this moment: 03:17 am EST (17 minutes past midnight PST). That’s when the Moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.”

Here’s a good overview of the meaning and history of eclipses from Horoscopes Within.

Here’s a great animation of the December lunar eclipse and current sky maps.

An invocation by Anrita Melchizedek from the Pleiadian Light Network.

For those interested in the Maya calendar, Maya Calendar Portal is a good site with contributions from diverse writers, including Carl Johan Calleman and Kenneth Johnson.

And, a Vedic perspective.

And, to end, for now with one more inspiring video on the beautiful synchroncity of this eclipse at the solstice: “Our Earth, our Moon our Sun are inviting us to spend a moment in time together.”

Blessings of the season to you all.

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