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Winter Solstice
Happy Winter Solstice!

I went to a solstice party last night. It was a small but nice gathering, several friends enjoying warmth and light and companionship on the longest night of the year.

I also got to meet the hostess's baby, who is adorable. She has a bouncy seat that looks like a lot of fun; I wish they made those in big kids' sizes. Although I'm not sure it would fit in a standard-size doorway, not with the kind of bouncing I'd want to do. (Note: baby in picture is just an overpaid model, not the baby I saw last night.)

At one point a few of the girls went outside to leave a solstice offering. I asked dubiously if the gods would come and take the offering, and was told that they would come in the form of birds, squirrels, and opossums. Then I saw that the offering consisted of flowers and fruit, so that made more sense.

The rest of us decided it was too darn cold outside, and one girl said the goddess could come inside if she wanted to see us. I contributed a grape to the offering plate saying later, "At least I did my part for the gods. Or goddess. Goddesses? Are there more than one? Do they all need grapes?"

We amused the men, keeping them away from the offering by working on stupid human tricks. It turns out that men cannot kneel and touch their noses to the floor without falling over. It's pretty easy for most women though. Something to do with different centers of gravity, I think. Maybe that was our offering to the goddess: we embarrassed the menfolk.

So yeah I didn't fully understand the solstice celebration, and I didn't ask enough questions, but I still enjoyed spending the night with friends.
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lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: December 22nd, 2004 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I can do the nose/kneeling thing.

*strikes mighty ninja pose*

You may ask me any time about Wicca.

*strikes Earth-lovin' witch pose*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really, without using your hands? Wow, this ruins Cindy's entire demonstration.
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: December 22nd, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Boi power!!!
anderale From: anderale Date: December 22nd, 2004 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Just to let you know, the winter solstice is celebrated by many different people of different religions. Pared down, it is simply a celebration of the change in seasons, where the days will become longer (after the solstice) and will return us to a condition where we can more easily provide for our needs (as the winter is so tough for those living off the land).

The offerings are pretty much made to the gods and/or goddess that are akin to Mother Nature. The providers and protectors. So, it can be whomever you feel does those for you. I'm sure any of them would enjoy the grapes. :) Some of them may prefer it in fermented form, but nevertheless, the animals were probably most grateful.

Maybe I should have given an offering to my dogs, since they protect me. :) (But grapes are bad for dogs, by the way!)

renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
operatic From: operatic Date: December 22nd, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Bungie Babies; the next step, of course, is the Trebuchet Toddler set... ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my!!
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: December 22nd, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm having to resist the urge to try the kneeling nose trick in my cubicle. No one is around, but you just know someone will come by just as I try it...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
hahaha! I understand that kind of temptation. Give in to it, try it!! (:
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: December 27th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I gave in to the temptation. I couldn't figure out how I would have a problem kneeling and touching my nose to the ground, hands or no.

...and I didn't? When I tried keeping my back straight I wasn't able to, but that's not how people typically kneel. Naturally bending my back I was able to easily touch my nose to the ground near my knees.

But that's 'cause I'm special. < grin >
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 27th, 2004 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, good for you! You'll definitely have to show Cindy next time you see her.
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