Thursday, December 11, 2008

Here Come The Halcyon Days!

As you may or may not know we pay a great deal of attention to the Moon here at the Lab. I grabbed this from the Old Farmer's Almanac to share. We will have Yoga this Saturday but we will strive to be gentle in our practice. Note: Dec 27th is the New Moon and we will have one special 10 AM Pranayama Session rather than our regular asana classes at 10 and Noon. In Health, Joy and Liberation -Gregg

December 12 — The Full Cold Moon
Sky watchers will be dazzled by an exceptionally high, bright, and large Moon. In fact, this Moon is 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons this year. Why? The Moon is both in its full phase and at a point in its orbit that is nearest Earth, called its perigee. When these events occur together, the Moon is closer to Earth than usual. The effect? The Full Cold Moon will appear especially large near the horizon as the Sun sets.

The Moon is also high at this time of year; when it's overhead (near midnight), it will light up the landscape. Take a magical stroll and see your world at night. You won't need a flashlight!

December 13 — St. Lucia’s Day
St. Lucia was a fourth-century Italian martyr. Her name is derived from the Latin lux, meaning “light.” By Swedish tradition, the oldest daughter dons a crown of burning candles and wakes the family with coffee and St. Lucia buns.

December 14 — Halcyon Days begin
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed halcyon days to occur around the winter solstice. This was supposedly a period of calm weather when the kingfisher (halcyon) could brood her eggs on a floating nest at sea.

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