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Yule, The Winter Solstice

By Rae Schwarz

The word “solstice”? comes from the Latin, from “sol”? meaning sun, and “sistere,”? to cause to stand still. The winter solstice is when the longest night of the year is observed, when the angle of the earth tilts furthest away from the sun as it moves on its lowest track in the sky. The sun is directly over the tropic of Capricorn at the winter solstice, at which time the sun is 23°27′ south. This night was both solemnly and joyously celebrated. For the Northern hemisphere, this is the start of winter.

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