Southern Solstice

Ushering in the Year 0

The Earth’s seasons (Equinoxes & Solstices) vary depending on whether one lives in the northern or southern hemisphere, and in the English-speaking world at least, there is a very heavy northern bias. My apologies. In order to better accommodate those of us living in the southernmost latitudes, I’ve taken to referring to the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer as the Southern and Northern Tropics respectively. As a result, the Solstices become the Southern Solstice (i.e. when the Sun appears to be directly above the Southern Tropic at noon), and the Northern Solstice.

So this is the time of the Southern Solstice, which is summer in the south and winter in the north, and it marks the start of theAbysmal Year (technically tomorrow, but why not take a few extra days to celebrate?)

theAbysmal Wheel of the Year (pictured above) marks the solstices and equinoxes (within a day or two, because they are shifty occasions), as well as the midpoints between each. The Equinoxes are defined as the days when the sun appears directly above the Equator, either moving north or south. The upcoming Equinox (in about 92 Days or so) is the Northward Equinox, the other (in about 274 Days) is the Southward Equinox. Fair enough?

Back to your regularly schedule New Year celebrations.


Chromatic: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 0
Lunar: Year 0 Lunation 0 Day 8
Annual: Year 0 Month — Day NYD


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