Tag Archives | Winter Solstice

Weird Christmas Traditions

Colonel kami-samaHere at disinformation HQ we’ve long been fans of Saturnalia and Winter Solstice celebrations, and there’s a strong pro-Krampus faction to boot. There are some holiday traditions we haven’t adopted yet, however, like eating KFC for Christmas. A fine roundup from iol:

JAPAN: Chicken and cake:

Christmas is a time for joy, celebration… and KFC?

The Colonel’s chicken is a festive season must-have in Japan. It’s a tradition that began 40 years ago and, true to Japanese culture, has been passed down. More than 240 000 barrels of chicken will be sold, about four to five times the regular monthly sales.

And what would follow a takeaway Christmas lunch better than fruit cake? Covered in whipped cream, chocolate and strawberries, these highly coveted cakes have to be ordered months in advance. And any not sold after December 25 are unwanted. Unmarried women older than 25 were once called “Christmas cakes”, although this is out of favour.

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Ancient Peruvian Pyramid’s Astronomical Alignment Uncovered

peruvian pyramidLive Science reports on ancient architecture and monoliths designed to merge with figures in the sky:

An ancient astronomical alignment in southern Peru has been discovered by researchers between a pyramid, two stone lines and the setting sun during the winter solstice.

The longest of the two stone lines, called geoglyphs, runs for nearly a mile. Interspersed with these lines, researchers have also found more than 200 cairns (rock piles). The stone lines and cairns appear to be connected with four nearby ancient settlements and their pyramids.

Using 3D modeling, the researchers determined that during the time of the winter solstice, “Someone viewing the sunset from these lines during the winter solstice would have seen the sun setting directly behind, or sinking into, the adobe pyramid…Thus the pyramid and the linear geoglyph constitute part of a single architectural complex, with potential cosmological significance, that ritualized the entire pampa landscape.”

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Utah Town Burned 16-Foot Mammoth Effigy For Winter Solstice

This is my kind of Christmas — shades of The Wicker Man in a remote Utah town.  Salt Lake City’s KSL reports:

The town is relying on the wooden mammoth to hopefully catch the attention of researchers. The effigy, built to scale, was built over the course of three weeks by Pachak and Bluff residents, using only sticks and two support poles. The 8 p.m. ceremony will include drumming, and Gulliford said the effigy won’t be set on fire with just matches.

The mammoth is meant to celebrate the winter solstice and draw attention to the historical significance of the area. Mammoth petroglyphs [were discovered] near Bluff, a town of a few hundred people located on the San Juan River. Rock expert and local artist Joe Pachak first discovered the petroglyphs in 1987, but they have been a source of controversy ever since.

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The Great Year of the World: Sacred Geometry, Cosmic Cycles and Catastrophe

Independent Scholar Randall Carlson is featured as the Author of the Month at GrahamHancock.com for December 2012.

This is an article he recently penned explaining the deeper significance of the auspicious Winter Solstice, Galactic center alignment as it relates to the Great Year or Precession of the Equinoxes.  If one truly desires to understand the significance and meaning of the Winter Solstice 2012 Galactic alignment they will find this article a concise overview of the nature of the phenomenon and of its deeper significance.  Literally a Cosmic Tempo of Cataclysmic Earth change has been painstakingly encoded and preserved throughout the world in the form of Archaic Myth, Sacred Architecture, Language, Scripture, and Prophecy, awaiting a time when those with the eyes to see and the ears to hear could recognize the import of these messages.

This awareness invokes a new paradigm for humankind as we are prompted through accumulating data and open minded inquiry to behold and remember the great work of our ancestors and what it fundamentally entails for the long term survival and flourishing of the human species on Earth.  If you have any questions for Randall, you can interact with him directly until the end of the year via the Author of the Month forum on GrahamHancock.com.  God Speed fellow Star Children.… Read the rest

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World Will End In Exactly One Year

Well ... maybe. A couple of years ago I produced a documentary about the now infamous end-date of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, December 21, 2012. Today is the Winter Solstice, and exactly one year remains until the current cycle of the Long Count Calendar expires. What does that mean? We asked many experts and wannabe experts in the film and as a special Winter Solstice offer, we're pleased to bring you the opportunity to see their answers for just $2.49 (3-Day Rental). Enjoy! For more information on the film, the experts and the companion book by Alexandra Bruce, visit 2012SOS.com.
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The Day The Sun Stood Still (With Full Moon Eclipse)

Today is the winter solstice; the solar nadir in the northern hemisphere. This temporal event in Spaceship Earth’s rotations finds the sun take its lowest path through our sky and the daytime hours are fewest; the axis of light flips; a planetary New Year. This is an event that many wise people have encouraged us to recognise as the origin of our ‘modern’ festive experience. The word solstice derives from the Latin ‘Sol’ meaning Sun and ‘sistere’ which means to stand still, because this is exactly what it appears to do. Our sun, having clambered ever lower over the horizon since midsummer, seems to be disappearing, perhaps eternally, an experience which was no doubt a source of unquestionable anxiety to early peoples. When the sun was henceforth ‘reborn’ from the horizon, into a fresh cycle of light, there was much rapture and hedonistic release. It is not hard to recognise a common origin of the many religious rebirth mythologies in this event.… Read the rest

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Dec. 21, 2010: Total Lunar Eclipse, Winter Solstice, Two Years Until ‘End’ Of Mayan Calendar

This coming Tuesday could be quite interesting: in addition to the many winter solstice festivals carried out throughout the northern hemisphere, this year’s solstice also coincides with a total lunar eclipse for the first time in 456 years. The eclipse will be the first in three years and should be visible throughout North America and some of Europe. Look for the moon to appear pink — that is if you don’t have cloud cover and heavy snow.

This diagram shows how the moon appears reddish orange during a lunar eclipse. Source: Raycluster (CC)

This diagram shows how the moon appears reddish orange during a lunar eclipse. Source: Raycluster (CC)

For those taking note, December 21, 2010 also marks two years remaining in the countdown to the end of the 5,125 year Mayan Long Count Calendar, which famously ends on the winter solstice of 2012.

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Winter Solstice: Standing With Stones

Callanish6PCRupert Soskin is the writer and presenter of the documentary travelogue Standing With Stones: A Journey Through Megalithic Britain. He lectures and leads groups to ancient sites and natural wonders in Britain and abroad. He is also a much-published nature and travel photographer.

Once again the winter solstice has come around. That magical time when the sun begins to rise again, giving us longer days and taking us into warmer days of plenty. People flock to sites such as Stonehenge and Newgrange to witness the rising or the setting of the sun. Modern-day druids hold ceremonies at these and other ancient monuments, continuing ancient traditions which began so long ago in human history for their origins to be lost in the mists of time.

For many thousands of years man has celebrated this celestial cycle of ebb and flow, seeking to live in harmony with the constant effects of the heavens upon the earth.… Read the rest

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The Day The Sun Stood Still

Electric SheepToday is the winter solstice, the solar nadir in the northern hemisphere, a temporal event in Spaceship Earth’s rotations where the sun takes its lowest path through our sky and the daytime is least: the astronomical New Year.

This is an event that many wise have encouraged us to recognise as the origin of our ‘modern’ festive experience. The word solstice in fact derives from the Latin Sol meaning Sun and sistere which means to stand still, because this is exactly what it appears to do.

Our sun, having clambered ever lower over the horizon since midsummer, seems to be disappearing, perhaps eternally, an experience which was no doubt,a source of unquestionable anxiety to early peoples. When the sun was henceforth ‘reborn’ from the horizon, into a fresh cycle of light, there was much rapture and hedonistic release; it is not hard to recognise a common origin for the many religious rebirth mythologies in this event.… Read the rest

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