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Monday 22 December 2008

One Minute Wisdom

Happy New Year - yes already!

I Ching Astrology uses the first day of Spring in the Chinese Solar Calender- 4 February- as the traditional starting point of the year. This date is also used by several other systems of astrology that emanated from China and Tibet.

However, in the Imperial Court of China, great respect was paid to the Winter Solstice. Traditionally 21 December was the equivalent of their New Year's Eve and 22 December, New Year's Day. This, of course, exactly matches the celebratory year of the contemporary pagan cultures in Europe: with the Solstices marking the beginning of a whole new cycle,  from hibernation towards germination and rebirth, and the reverse.

From either perspective, Southern or Northern hemisphere, the Solstices always represent a turning point in the year.

I wish you a Happy New Year!

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