Well I know this has been all over the news today, but for me it is a significant day. The Winter Solstice is THE most important day in my year. I celebrate the summer solstice when I can, but always celebrate the Winter Solstice with some quiet reflection by candlelight. As from today the sun begins to climb ever so slightly higher, the days get longer and the optimism for the year ahead mounts. And I get excited for the arrival of spring, snowdrops, daffodils and a bit of warmth in the sun, especially on days like this where I have hours of walking in snow to catch the train.
Linked to that with today's lunar eclipse being at around 8am (we thought 8.18 the media said 7.40) this morning it all boded well for the future. Well I think so anyway. Having the first lunar eclipse during the Winter Solstice since 1638 is absolutely mind blowing, especially as on June 25th of that year, the first ever lunar eclipse was recorded in America, and in 1638 the Scottish National Covenant was signed on February 28th which ultimately led to the wars between England and Scotland, then the English Civil War. Lets hope that doesn't happen again in 2011.