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Solstaces on the Equator?

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:18 pm
by Hytegia
So guys...
At my current location, how can i properly celebrate the Solstace in a country where the climate never changes but maybe a couple of degrees?

Re: Solstaces on the Equator?

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:36 pm
by Librarian
Isn't the devil in the details? Btw, I'm in SoCal, so I just lookup an astronomy calendar.

Re: Solstaces on the Equator?

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:30 am
by Crazy Healer Lady
with a cool drink and a lay in the sun! Assuming you're somewhere warm. In which case I am scathingly jealous.

Joking aside, I agree with the Lib. Details! What's holding you back from celebrating as you normally do? The wheel still turns, still divides the wheel and reminds us that life is ever changing and we have our own cycles and rythms.

Re: Solstaces on the Equator?

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:32 pm
by Hytegia
Crazy Healer Lady wrote:with a cool drink and a lay in the sun! Assuming you're somewhere warm. In which case I am scathingly jealous.

Joking aside, I agree with the Lib. Details! What's holding you back from celebrating as you normally do? The wheel still turns, still divides the wheel and reminds us that life is ever changing and we have our own cycles and rythms.
It's just the fact that there's little-to-no change in seasons here. It would seem a little - well, out of place for the location?

Re: Solstaces on the Equator?

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:49 pm
by Crazy Healer Lady
Celebration is very personal, so it really depends. Personally, I'd be celebrating the gods/goddesses associated with the holiday, as well as abundance, reminders of the cycle, and love and joy. How do you normally celebrate?

Re: Solstaces on the Equator?

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:14 pm
by Kitsune
Remember, it's not that they don't have the different seasons... it's that their change in the Seasons isn't as vibrantly different as you're used to. To truly make it a memorable Celebration, may I suggest that you hold a ritual asking to learn about the seasons where you are. follow this up by talking to the people there about their seasons. One thing most people are willing to talk about is the weather. An honest question of "Compared to where I grew up, this place never seems to change" will probably get you a laugh and a good conversation on how the weather changes from season to season.

Take the chance to learn about our Mother's Earth in a way most of us don't get a chance to... from her in all the different areas you visit.

Re: Solstaces on the Equator?

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:53 pm
by runewulf
Kitsune has a point. I grew up in the south and spent a decade in Florida. The seasonal changes are there, but are extremely subtle. I agree it sucks compared to lush hills and woods, but to each there own. The changes are there, you just need to look deeper to find them ;)

Re: Solstaces on the Equator?

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:30 pm
by white_harmony
I have to agree Rune and Kitsune. Even here in Australia, where we are in Queensland (north eastern state) the most change in season you see here is all in the temperature, and even then, it's not so much. I still celebrate my solstice's and equinox's as the cycles go around the wheel, but in comparison to those who get the snow in winter, red leaves everywhere in autumn, it all looks pretty much the same all year round here. Just a matter of finding out what the subtle changes are in the area you're in (be it temperature, weather patterns etc etc) and then making your celebrations suit your personal style :-D