Happy Solstice!

  • MikeW

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    Jun 20, 2014 2:25 PM GMT
    Solstice begins at dawn, June 21 where ever you are. Longest day for the northern hemisphere, shortest for the southern hemisphere.

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    Jun 20, 2014 2:28 PM GMT
    And it sorta goes without saying that tomorrow in the northern hemisphere the sun is the most directly overhead of the year. Take care of that skin!
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    Jun 20, 2014 3:09 PM GMT
    We're celebrating June 21st (tomorrow) with a street festival and a parade!

    But not for the solstice. Tomorrow also happens to be our local Pride. We're having it a week earlier than the more traditional weekend to avoid conflicts with other regional Prides. Some people like to be able to attend several, and also allows for greater numbers of exhibitors & vendors at ours, which in turn helps boost general attendance.

    I'll have to have a drink to toast the sun (making sure the sun doesn't toast me, gonna be a hot day under the strongest sunlight in all of the United States here).
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    Jun 20, 2014 3:49 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidWe're celebrating June 21st (tomorrow) with a street festival and a parade!

    But not for the solstice. Tomorrow also happens to be our local Pride. We're having it a week earlier than the more traditional weekend to avoid conflicts with other regional Prides. Some people like to be able to attend several, and also allows for greater numbers of exhibitors & vendors at ours, which in turn helps boost general attendance.

    I'll have to have a drink to toast the sun (making sure the sun doesn't toast me, gonna be a hot day under the strongest sunlight in all of the United States here).


    Great day for some lemonade icon_wink.gif

    It's getting really really humid here so I have a hunch what's going to happen for kickoff day at the Columbus festival. Tomorrow looks fine though. I'll be there for the afternoon.
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    Jun 20, 2014 11:34 PM GMT
    It has always seemed weird to me that starting on the 21st the days start getting shorter, but the hottest days of summer are still a few weeks away.
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    Jun 20, 2014 11:41 PM GMT
    You wiccan, MikeW?
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    Jun 20, 2014 11:58 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidIt has always seemed weird to me that starting on the 21st the days start getting shorter, but the hottest days of summer are still a few weeks away.

    Its a cumulative thing I guess, Lumpy.
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    Jun 21, 2014 12:03 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    Art_Deco saidWe're celebrating June 21st (tomorrow) with a street festival and a parade!

    But not for the solstice. Tomorrow also happens to be our local Pride. We're having it a week earlier than the more traditional weekend to avoid conflicts with other regional Prides. Some people like to be able to attend several, and also allows for greater numbers of exhibitors & vendors at ours, which in turn helps boost general attendance.

    I'll have to have a drink to toast the sun (making sure the sun doesn't toast me, gonna be a hot day under the strongest sunlight in all of the United States here).

    Great day for some lemonade icon_wink.gif

    It's getting really really humid here so I have a hunch what's going to happen for kickoff day at the Columbus festival. Tomorrow looks fine though. I'll be there for the afternoon.

    Will you or your friends have old cars on display, or parade them? We always have some in the parade here.
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    Jun 21, 2014 12:55 AM GMT
    bon_pan saidYou wiccan, MikeW?

    We moderns seem to presume there are no correspondences between our existence, our state of mind, our activities and the great cycles of the Earth, Sun, Moon and so on. Archaic knowledge operated within a very different paradigm of complex celestial and symbolic inter-relationships. Apparently the most essential features of this knowledge have been lost to us, a certain level of 'being' required to properly understand and transmit (not to mention, receive) them.

    So, no, I'm not Wiccan. I have no particular 'religious' affiliation. I have been the recipient of some esoteric knowledge through direct initiation. Enough, at least, to know that our contemporary understanding of ourselves is limited (and limiting), however understandably it arose historically in reaction to superstition and oppressive exoteric religious practices. I do sometimes celebrate the solstices, pay attention to the equinoxes and other celestial alignments.
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    Jun 21, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    Ummm...scientologist?
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    Jun 21, 2014 1:14 AM GMT
    bon_pan saidUmmm...scientologist?
    LOL. Uh, no.
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    Jun 21, 2014 1:15 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    freedomisntfree said
    Art_Deco saidWe're celebrating June 21st (tomorrow) with a street festival and a parade!

    But not for the solstice. Tomorrow also happens to be our local Pride. We're having it a week earlier than the more traditional weekend to avoid conflicts with other regional Prides. Some people like to be able to attend several, and also allows for greater numbers of exhibitors & vendors at ours, which in turn helps boost general attendance.

    I'll have to have a drink to toast the sun (making sure the sun doesn't toast me, gonna be a hot day under the strongest sunlight in all of the United States here).

    Great day for some lemonade icon_wink.gif

    It's getting really really humid here so I have a hunch what's going to happen for kickoff day at the Columbus festival. Tomorrow looks fine though. I'll be there for the afternoon.

    Will you or your friends have old cars on display, or parade them? We always have some in the parade here.


    I was a member of Great Autos of Yesteryear in SoCal for over ten years and they (at least the convertible owners) were active in the parades throughout Cali. They had some truly grand poofmobiles as parade floats.

    In central Ohio, the buckeye Lambda Chapter does almost nothing or I'd be active here too. I think there are a few cars from some local members in the parade, but not sure.

    We're going to the festival tomorrow, but not the parade, but I'm curious to see if the buckeye chapter of Lambda even has a booth set up.
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    Jun 21, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    MikeW said
    bon_pan saidUmmm...scientologist?
    LOL. Uh, no.


    What is the core belief of Scientology anyway, Mike? Aliens mated with humans?
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    Jun 21, 2014 2:11 AM GMT
    bon_pan said
    MikeW said
    bon_pan saidUmmm...scientologist?
    LOL. Uh, no.
    What is the core belief of Scientology anyway, Mike? Aliens mated with humans?
    Duno. Thought it was L Ron is god.
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    Jun 21, 2014 2:13 AM GMT
    What about that other guy...Heinlein? Just a writer? And Casteneda...not to mention 2-3000 years worth of other shits.

    I'll tell you, Mike. some of the people who spend so much time reading on Dzogchen , etc, etc, etc, seem so disconnected from reality. They are quick to tell you the compassionate thing to do and then real life strikes and they fuck you over...what gives?
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    Jun 21, 2014 2:39 AM GMT
    bon_pan saidWhat about that other guy...Heinlein? Just a writer? And Casteneda...not to mention 2-3000 years worth of other shits.

    I'll tell you, Mike. some of the people who spend so much time reading on Dzogchen , etc, etc, etc, seem so disconnected from reality. They are quick to tell you the compassionate thing to do and then real life strikes and they fuck you over...what gives?

    So many questions! icon_razz.gif

    Heinlein I know nothing about except the obvious, Casteneda taped into something but lost it or in any case missed the most important point; which cuts to your complaint: What matters isn't what one knows so much as the level of their being. In this regard, although there are different types, all men that you and I are likely to know are all on the same level, which is far, far from what is humanly possible.

    As for being fucked over, shit happens. On one level it matters to us, on other levels its of no consequence or importance at all.
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    Jun 21, 2014 2:41 AM GMT
    Good answer, handsome. I like dat.

    Night.
  • MikeW

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    Jun 21, 2014 3:27 PM GMT
    The Oak King and the Holly King: Two aspects of the same god, Sol.

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    In the Oak King/Holly King myth, the Sun King has two separate personalities. These personalities are so strong that, to some, they become different entities, the Oak King and the Holly King, each ruling one half of the year.

    The Oak King was born to the Great Mother at Yule, and in his light and splendor begins to turn the Great Wheel and start the lengthening of days. The beginning of the sun’s decline is symbolized by the return of the Holly King, the Spirit of Winter, at the moment after the Solstice. Often, mock battles are played between representatives of the two gods who fight over the attentions of Gaia. At the Summer Solstice the dark Holly King slays the Oak King, his twin of light, and begins his half-yearly reign which ends with the Holly King’s death at midwinter when the scene is reversed and the Oak King is triumphant.

    As everything in nature comes to its peak and then declines, so too must the God in His aspect of the Sun. With decline comes transformation, and so it is with the God, who takes on many aspects and wears many crowns.