Good Omen

December 20, 2010 at 9:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Good Omen

Since just about the dawn of humankind, people across the globe have celebrated the winter solstice. The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year (and, hence, the longest night). The sun is also lower in the sky on this day than on any other day of the year. Winter solstice festivals across religions and cultures often have themes of rebirth and the dawning of a new day. In fact, it is believed that Christmas Day, which is not specifically enumerated in the bible, was placed around the time of the solstice because it shares these very themes.

This winter solstice is a particularly unique one. Tonight, it coincides with a total lunar eclipse, the first time the two events have happened simultaneously since the 1600s.

And in some parts of the world, people will be able to see an extremely rare selenelion, which is when the sun and the shadowed moon are both visible in the early morning sky at the same time.

Now, I don’t profess to be able to interpret these things, but my gut feeling tells me that this can only mean one thing: an epic winter! We’re already off to a great start (we’ve had two solid weeks of almost perfect weather, helping us open trails quickly and with great snow conditions), and I’m interpreting this as a sign of even better things to come.

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