Monday, December 21, 2009

O Sun, Where Art Thou?


Today is Winter Solstice, which means a day lasting eight hours, forty-two minutes, four seconds for those of us living in Faire Puddle-Towne.

Today, the solar declination is -23.44 degrees, and if you remember your trigonometry, and factor in your city's precise position on the globe, you can calculate that the sun's apparent path must be touching the Tropic of Capricorn today.

Alternately, you can forget your trigonometry as thoroughly as I have -- which is to say, so thoroughly as to doubt whether you actually studied it, and to consider it more likely that your dreaming subconscious mind has made up a new word, trigonometry, around which it has woven a disappointingly prosaic narrative that you now mistake for reality -- and just read stuff on the internets.

Enjoy your solstice, wherever you are -- dance naked around something, or burn something (NOT a person), or eat something. Or don't -- whatever works. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, today will be short, but it also signals the turning point beyond which the days begin lengthening. Those punks in the southern hemisphere have had their fun and now it's our turn. Gradually.

1 comment:

MandyinTX said...

It's funny, today at 6 a.m. the sun was already coming up, and for the past week it hasn't been up until after 7. I figured the solstice had passed already.
I've already eaten a couple of cookies. Happy Solstice!