Precise winter solstice


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Emily Horn in Yogi’s, on Commercial Drive

This very minute, the Earth’s axis in the northern hemisphere is tilted as far away from the sun as it will be all year: the moment of the winter solstice. Since there is lag built into the annual cycle of temperatures, we still have much of the cold to endure. Even so, our progression through the orbit will expose this hemisphere to ever more sunlight over the course of the next six months.

Provided travel plans are being implemented smoothly, I should find myself in the air on the way to Vancouver when this post is published. It is excellent to have the chance to spend twelve days visiting family and friends, even if the (offset) greenhouse gas emissions from the flight are a source of guilt and evidence of hypocrisy.

It is likely that posts between now and January 2nd will be less frequent and substantial than the norm. After traveling all the way to Vancouver, it makes sense to spend every possible minute with those who are normally distant.

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Tristan December 23, 2007 at 2:05 am

The sun has emerged victorious! Tie a rock to the sun, lest it escape! The Maneads have devoured Dionysus, but he is reborn!

Let us celebrate with yuletide trees, and the offering of gifts at the threshold!

. June 30, 2008 at 11:19 am

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Happy Winter Solstice, from Tallinn
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