Here is something for the web for Winter Solstice Day- Dec 21 .
Winter Solstice Day- Dec 21- The Shortest Day of The Year .
From then on , days get longer and is a reason for much celebration, to
hail the Return of “Grandfather SUN” by most Aboriginal / First Nations People
of the World – . from the Arctic America/ Canada and beyond
The Full Moon-Grandmother Moon as she is known among them, and the
December Full Moon – also known as Little Spirit Moon by the Ojibwa peoples
The Full Moon is Sacred to All First Nations Peoples of North America,
South America , Canada, Australia and New Zealand , as it is to ALL
Buddhists around the World .
It was a very Spiritual Moment when all three events occurred in ONE
Day- Dec 21st 2010, ie the Solstice Day, Full Moon and the Total Lunar
Total Lunar Eclipse can occur only on a Full Moon day, and this can occur
twice a year , if the earth is exactly between the moon and the sun .
I watched this momentous moment, from the front door step of my home, on
that very, very cold December morning , starting around 2 am and ending
around 4.30 am .
The Creator gifted to me- clear cloudless dark sky with no wind, and good
‘seeing ‘ in the dark sky , and my little digital took these pics , that I
am sharing with the Class of 64 .
The Moon turned a beautiful copper -red orange — the best color seen by
an unaided eye .
You can follow the time sequence on the photos .
We just experienced another rare phenomenon- on Aug 21– Total Solar
Eclipse- when Grandmother Moon kissed the face of Grandfather Sun, on her
Journey to Beyond , plunging us into a Moment of Darkness for Relfection
… Earthlings watched in awe ….this endearing moment of Heavenly
The only time, the Man in the Moon has a Place in The Sun- some one said !
Here is good story- a TRUE story !- Specially for those living in North
America ! ( Some of you might already know this story)
In 1503- Christopher Columbus and his motely crew lands on the Island
of Jamaica , their ships damaged beyond repair .
The Hosts – Arawak Natives – decided that now that the visitors began to
stink like rotten fish after 2 wks ! they must go .
The visitors obviously had out lived the generotisty of the Arawak hosts,
who were treated with baubles like glass beads, and trinkets , in return
for ther generous hospitality/ food .
Sharp eyed Columbus- deviced a nice plan.
With his navigational and astronomic skills, he noticed that a Full Moon
is due on the 29th Feb 1503 and informed the Arawak Chief, that the Gods
will punish them by stealing the Moon and darken the Full Moon Night .
Within a few minutes the darkness came over , and scared the day light
out of the simple Arawak people when the Moon light vanished and the
Arawaks were plunged into darkness .
Arawaks promised Columbus the sun, moon and the stars, only if he could
bring back The Moon !
By the way- this is when Columbus thought he was in India and he was
surprised to see the people ‘ Red ‘ and not ‘ Brown ‘ .
So he called them Red Indians – and look what happened to them ….
And …..The Rest is History !!!
Here is my Christopher Columbus Story .
I was in Arizona attending an Apache Event in late february some 10 yrs
ago , around the same date as Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica .
The sharp eyed Apache Chief singled me out of about 200 Apache people in
” You sister over there at the back – where are you from ? “
I was scared stiff like the Arawaks of long ago .
Here is my reply .
” I am the one that Christopher Columbus came looking for 500 yrs ago,
and instead of finding me, he found you ‘ .
The whole crowd roared with laughter and the day was saved for me .!
A few days later, this same Apache Chief, accompanied me and a few
others, up to the Sacred Cave on a very memorable climb up the Red Rocks of
Sedona , after a very lovely Sunrise Ceremony .
We still laugh about this joke, even 10 yrs later !
I hope all of you enjoyed the Winter Solstice Day and Lunar Eclipse Tales!