Print

Print


Silly astronomical fiddle-faddle!  And yet, Spring seems singularly
reluctant to show her garlanded head this year...

Adam


On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 10:22 AM, David McCann <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> On Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:48:23 -0800
> Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Today, by my calculations, is exactly halfway between the winter
> > solstice and the vernal equinox. Surely a cause for celebration, as
> > it in on Cindu (although their Mid-winter day is quite a ways off.)
>
> Please respectfully inform H.E.The Karun that he has been misled.
> The idea that winter begins at the solstice is a delusion of
> astronomers which has only recently been foisted on the populace. Of
> the four days on which rent is traditionally paid, that close to the
> summer solstice is called Midsummer Day. Similarly, one of our poets
> referred to the "bleak midwinter" at the winter solstice. Today,
> therefore marks the end of winter; the actual celebration -- St Brighid's
> Day, Imbolc, or Candlemas -- fell a few days ago. Spring is indeed at
> hand, and I have flowers in my garden to prove it.
>