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Blessed be dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests!

December 6, 2022 Daily Horoscopes

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Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 1:45 PM to 4 PM EST today (10:45 AM to 12:30 PM PST). After that, the Moon moves from Taurus into Gemini.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is a pleasant day! It’s excellent for business and commerce, financial negotiations and shopping except — avoid these matters during 1:45 PM to 4 PM EST (10:45 AM to 12:30 PM PST). Think of ways to improve what you already own.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the Moon is in your sign dancing nicely with Jupiter and Pluto, which makes you confident and personally powerful. It’s a good day to go after what you want; however, avoid spending money from 1:45 PM to 4 PM EST today.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Be smart and work around the time of the Moon Alert today (1:45 PM to 4 PM EST or (10:45 AM to 12:30 PM PST) because except for those times, this is an excellent day for business. You make a great impression on others. You can pull strings from behind the scenes like a puppet master.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You will enjoy schmoozing with others today. Check opportunities in publishing, the media or foreign travel plans. You might attract someone powerful to you. (“Hi Darth.”) However, please be aware of the restrictions of the Moon Alert. (See above.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today you make a great impression on others. People see you as capable, confident and successful. You can use this good press to influence authority figures if there is something that you want. However, don’t make your pitch during the Moon Alert. (See above.) Be smart.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is a lovely day to travel or make travel plans. However, avoid making reservations or important decisions during the Moon Alert. Have fun schmoozing anytime of the day because this is a great day to enjoy the company of partners, close friends and your kids.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Be clever and avoid financial matters during the Moon Alert today: 1:45 PM to 4 PM EST or (10:45 AM to 12:30 PM PST). If you work around this window of time, this is an excellent day to deal with debt, insurance, inheritances and shared property. Get as much done as you can.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Be accommodating to others especially this morning. Meanwhile, this is a wonderful day to schmooze and enjoy the company of others. Take a long lunch or meet the gang for Happy Hour! Enjoy fun times including sports events. Check Moon Alert.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

This will be a productive day at work, especially working with others in groups. You might see ways to boost your income. You might also see ways to improve where you live or to explore real-estate opportunities. Note: Don’t act on or initiate financial ideas during the Moon Alert.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This is a wonderful day to socialize! Accept invitations to party. Enjoy luncheons, social outings, the theatre and playful times with kids. Your creative vibes are hot all day; but avoid important decisions and spending money during the Moon Alert.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You might want to entertain at home today. Or perhaps you’ll spend some money on home improvements? If so – please follow the precautions of the Moon Alert and avoid spending money from1:45 PM to 4 PM EST or (10:45 AM to 12:30 PM PST).

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a strong day for writers, salespeople, teachers and actors because your communication skills are fantastic. Nevertheless, be aware of the restrictions of the Moon Alert, and avoid shopping or financial decisions from 1:45 PM to 4 PM EST or (10:45 AM to 12:30 PM PST) today.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Filmmaker, screenwriter, comedian Judd Apatow (1967) shares your birthday today. You are compassionate, caring person. You are also a truth seeker. Because you’re an excellent communicator, you’re very convincing when you want to be. (I handy skill.) Your theme this year is service to others, especially to family. Therefore, take excellent care of yourself. Perhaps it’s time for a personal makeover.

December 6, 2022 Birthday Horoscope

May the next year of your life be better than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

DECEMBER 6 birthday horoscope predicts that as a Sagittarius who is sociable, you exhibit a cheerful attitude and are a pleasure to have around. You are always lively and ready to have a good time.

The December 6th birthday personality has a magnetic charm. People are often drawn to you without their even knowing it. These Sagittarians are the ones who are the advice lord among the group. You’re charming and your persuasive talents provide valuable insights to others. You love a good challenge.

However, as a negative birthday characteristic, you have the patience of a raging bull and could be impulsive as well. You could be someone who is described as being impatient, forward yet flexible. Naturally, you are an honest person who can be hurtful with that sharp tongue of yours. You, for this reason, are often the peacemaker.

The December 6 horoscope predicts that you are usually on the go all the time. You are optimistic about life, and normally, you surround yourself with like-minded individuals. You stay positive but feel that anyone’s environment has its part in how we look at and approach situations. Mostly, this Sagittarius birthday person is searching for peace and understanding.

Let’s talk about your finances and your career. As the December 6 zodiac sign is Sagittarius, you are in an awesome position to teach. Your aggressive nature makes you a stern administrator suited for upper management or business development. If the entertainment industry interests you, then maybe you should look at some areas that would be beneficial to you. The future of person who born on 6 December depends on the amount of effort they are ready to put in.

The December 6th zodiac shows that you are the kindest, most understanding person. You have a cheerful can-do attitude that people love. People ask for your advice and opinions. You find it humbling to be honored and trusted in this way. Socially, you are sought after to attend the A List of events and happenings around town.

In love, this December 6 birthday person generally wants to be married. Your search for a companion who is perhaps a mirror image of yourself although opposites attract. Your perfect mate is waiting for you somewhere in the midst of all those admirers. As the head of the household, you will hold up to traditional values and principles. This parenting Sagittarian is usually an understanding and sympathetic one.

The December 6 astrology shows that you have a positive and upbeat attitude. You may feel that the mind, body, and soul work together. The only thing you may have to worry about is your weight when you reach that age of around 40 or 50. We tend not to be so active in these years as we have been so, the weight has a way of hanging around and most of the time, in the wrong places.

Nowadays, some programs will teach you how to eat those foods that we love so much. A study has proven that we can still eat the foods we love, but when they are consumed at different times and with other foods, they can be beneficial in weight stability or weight loss.

As a December 6 birthday personality born today, you typically will not walk away from conflict, but rather you are the one to find a solution. Occasionally, you are thrown off guard and lack patience to deal with petty and childish things. Although we live where we live, we don’t have to be a negative result of our surroundings.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On December 6

Frankie Beverly, Larry Bourgeois, Laurent Bourgeois, Satoru Iwata, Johnny Manziel, Dulce Maria, Agnes Moorehead

See: Famous Celebrities Born On December 6

This Day That Year – December 6 In History

1973 – Gerald Ford is the first Vice President not elected but sworn in.
1992 – Jerry Rice, a player for SF 49ers, catches his 101st touchdown.
1994 – A bid of $398,590 wins someone the Maltese Falcon.
2013 – Record-breaking snow in Dallas-Fort Worth causing extreme driving difficulties, lengthy power outages, flight cancellations, etc.

December 6  Dhanu Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
December 6 Chinese Zodiac RAT

December 6 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Jupiter which symbolizes expansion, progress, new initiatives, and optimism.

December 6 Birthday Symbols

The Archer Is The Symbol For The Sagittarius Zodiac Sign

December 6 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Lovers. This card shows that your personal beliefs and values will change your relationships. The Minor Arcana cards are Nine of Wands and King of Wands

December 6 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Aries: This relationship between two fire signs is passionate and hot!
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Pisces: A relationship between the fire and water sign will turn tepid.

See Also:

December 5 Lucky Numbers

Number 6 – This number stands for a humanitarian who helps and heals people.
Number 9 – This number symbolizes Karmic spiritual enlightenment, compassion, and freedom.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For December 6 Birthday

Blue: This is a color that represents wisdom, understanding, faithfulness, and dedication.
Pink: This color stands for kindness, softness, peace, innocence, and friendliness.

Lucky Day For December 6 Birthday

Thursday – This weekday is ruled by Jupiter. It is a day that brings about inspirational and profitable endings.
Friday– This day is ruled by Venus. It stands for enjoyment, pleasures and financial decisions.

December 6 Birthstone Turquoise

Turquoise gemstone helps improve your analytical thinking and have better control over your emotions and ideas.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On December 6

A pair of exclusive skiing boots for the Sagittarius man and a good book on photography for the woman. The December 6 birthday personality loves gifts that have something to do with travel and adventure.

December 6, 2022 Moon Goddess Current Phase

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious, you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else was born.

From MoonGiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waxing Gibbous phase. Visible through most of the night sky setting a few hours before sunrise. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts about 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon rises in the east in mid-afternoon and is high in the eastern sky at sunset. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has its roots in the Latin word “gibbosus” meaning humpbacked.

Visit the December 2022 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Gibbous Phase

The Waxing Gibbous on December 6 has an illumination of 97%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On December 6 the Moon is 13.22 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

Phase Details

Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Illumination: 97%
Moon Age: 13.22 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 394,014.69 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,385,780.59 km

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

Useful Moon Resources

December 6, 2022 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions

If you want to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link


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Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Los Angeles, California, USA

December 06, 2022
08:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM PST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:14 Sagittarius 40
Moon:29 Taurus 35
Mercury:29 Sagittarius 52
Venus:25 Sagittarius 49
Mars:16 Gemini 38 Rx
Jupiter:29 Pisces 05
Saturn:20 Aquarius 15
Uranus:15 Taurus 50 Rx
Neptune:22 Pisces 39
Pluto:26 Capricorn 56

True Lunar Node:13 Taurus 14 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:11 Taurus 32 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):26 Cancer 20

Chiron:12 Aries 04 Rx
Ceres:26 Virgo 27
Pallas:26 Cancer 18 Rx
Juno:15 Pisces 13
Vesta:04 Pisces 52

Eris:24 Aries 02 Rx


Northern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

December 06, 2022
06:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:14 Sagittarius 35
Moon:28 Taurus 33
Mercury:29 Sagittarius 45
Venus:25 Sagittarius 43
Mars:16 Gemini 40 Rx
Jupiter:29 Pisces 05
Saturn:20 Aquarius 14
Uranus:15 Taurus 50 Rx
Neptune:22 Pisces 39
Pluto:26 Capricorn 55

True Lunar Node:13 Taurus 14 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:11 Taurus 32 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):26 Cancer 19

Chiron:12 Aries 04 Rx
Ceres:26 Virgo 25
Pallas:26 Cancer 18 Rx
Juno:15 Pisces 11
Vesta:04 Pisces 50

Eris:24 Aries 02 Rx


Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

December 06, 2022
11:00 am GMT 12:00 PM CET
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:14 Sagittarius 17
Moon:24 Taurus 56
Mercury:29 Sagittarius 18
Venus:25 Sagittarius 21
Mars:16 Gemini 47 Rx
Jupiter:29 Pisces 04
Saturn:20 Aquarius 13
Uranus:15 Taurus 51 Rx
Neptune:22 Pisces 39
Pluto:26 Capricorn 55

True Lunar Node:13 Taurus 14 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:11 Taurus 33 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):26 Cancer 17

Chiron:12 Aries 04 Rx
Ceres:26 Virgo 19
Pallas:26 Cancer 20 Rx
Juno:15 Pisces 06
Vesta:04 Pisces 44

Eris:24 Aries 02 Rx


December 6 Divination Journal

Tarot Card

From TArotX.net

Five (5) of Cups

Menu of Contents

I. Keyword by Five of Cups Linestrider

II. Meaning of Five of Cups Linestrider

III. Five of Cups Linestrider in a Tarot spread

IV. Message of Five of Cups Linestrider

V. Corresponding Associations of Five of Cups Linestrider



From The Rune Site – Gothic Runes


Sound: “b”
Stands for: Birth (or Regeneration)
Casting meaning: This rune represents the power of woman, birth and regeneration. It also represents the birch tree (or twig) which is the favored wood used for runic divination because it is considered pure and absent of harmful influences.

Witch’s Rune

From otherworldlyoracle.com


Triple goddess, life/death/rebirth, trinity, love – romance

Some people read this witches rune as a flower – new life, birth, fertility, love. I tend to read it more like the triquetra – life/death/rebirth cycles, triple goddess, etc. It’s completely up to you how YOU interpret these!

Druid Ogham

From A Druid Ogham


Epiphany, realization, peak, lightning flash, elucidation

Tree: Spindle (Euonymus spp.)

Letter: Th

Oir signifies the realization something is at its peak. It is a few of insight and understanding; it is the “bolt of lightning” like Prometheus’s fire that enables human beings to evolve. Lifting the veil of ignorance can be painful and seeing the truth does not always feel like a gift. The possession of knowledge is a complex burden to carry: it is too complicated to qualify as “good” or bad”. Nevertheless, some epiphanies can be life-changers. They can grant us the ability to make good decisions and liberate us from cycles we no longer wish to participate in.

Believers in reincarnation speculate the reason we cannot remember our past lives whenever we want is because all of that information would fry our little human brains. The same is true of clairvoyance: if we could see all of the non-corporeal activity around us, it would likely send us straight into the asylum. A little fire is good; burning the house down or freezing to death for lack of a pack of matches is not good. Seeking knowledge is great; seeking to know it all at the expense of one’s sanity and personal hygiene never works out. Running away from the life of the mind ends badly in equal measure. As usual, this Ogham implies a balance should be struck.

Questions to ask when you draw Oir: …

I Ching

From IChingOnline.net

Hexagram Thirty – Two (32)

Hêng / Durability

Arousing Thunder and penetrating Wind.
Close companions in any storm:
The Superior Person possesses a resiliency and durability that lets him remain firmly and faithfully on course.
Such constancy deserves success.


Endurance is the key to success in this situation.
However, durability is not synonymous with stone-like rigidity.
True resilience requires a flexibility that allows adaptation to any adverse condition, while still remaining true to the core.
Can you maintain your integrity under any circumstance?
Can you influence the situation without giving opposing forces anything to resist?
Then you will endure to reach your goal.


From Numerology


Among the nine single-digit numbers, the 1 holds a special place in numerology.

The Numerology Meaning of the Number 1: THE PRIMAL FORCE

From a spiritual perspective, the 1 is the number of creation – the primal force from which all other numbers spring forth. Some say once you truly understand the place and function of this elemental number, enlightenment will be yours.

This statement doesn’t apply to a Numerologist’s perspective alone, but perhaps it’s a good place to start since the personality of the number 1 aligns nicely with its elevated spiritual symbolism.

The 1 is a doer, a powerful force that produces results.

The 1 is aggressive – a necessary trait for creating, and not allowing anything to limit its potential. The 1 is the spearhead, always in the forefront directing and leading others.

The shape of this number reflects its meaning; the 1 walks upright with pride and purpose – strong, determined, and unwavering with a specific goal in mind. The 1 is capable of turning ideas into reality – pushing obstacles aside or simply drilling right through them.

The 1 tends to have a simple, straightforward view of life, heedless of its many complexities.

An individual with the dynamic 1 trusts their ability to separate right from wrong, doesn’t waste time on abstract ideas, and rarely follows a path that isn’t in line with their result-oriented goal. The 1 is no preacher, no philosopher, spiritual explorer, nor dreamer – and certainly not an idealist. They are pragmatic, ruthless conquerors, and warriors extraordinaire. The 1 is individualistic and independent to a fault. They will attempt to force their viewpoint on you but have no desire to hear yours.

The 1 can be confrontational, jealous, and exceedingly stubborn, but also courageous and willing to try anything new (with promise) even at great risk. They have a sense of honor and responsibility that demands respect and are the first to defend injustice and hypocrisy.

Befriend a 1 and you have a friend for life.

Fortunately, the 1 has a great capacity for humor, often self-depreciating, so you can poke fun at your friend and not worry about hurt feelings. But don’t cater to them to win love or friendship or you will lose their respect. Stand up to a 1 and you may lose the fight, but you’ll gain admiration. Working for a 1 you will be pushed to the limit, abused at all hours, and incapable of living up to unreasonable expectations. But you will also become the best you can be.

When in trouble, you want a friend with a strong 1 on your side, and you won’t find a braver partner or a more dedicated protector. But, if the 1 is your enemy, you could be crushed without mercy. And be forewarned, the number 1 is the most difficult of all lovers, demanding, jealous, confrontational, and impatient.

If you have a 1 in your core numbers, your happiness and sense of satisfaction will come from your work more than any other source.

Angel Number

From Angel Numbers

Angels are helping you to materialize your thoughts, affirmations and visualizations.

Animal Spirit Guide or Helper

From UniGuide.com 


Bat symbolism and meanings include community, longevity, maneuverability, balance, good fortune, evolution, and supernatural powers. Around the world, there are over 1,400 species of bats, and they live everywhere except in the most extreme deserts and polar regions. So, these intriguing flying mammals are subjects in the mythology and folklore of many cultures around the world. In addition, the bat spirit animal is an important figure to people who feel a strong kinship with bats.

In this post, you’ll learn about bat symbols and meanings (including vampire bats), bat mythology, the bat spirit animal, and more.

Spell for Today – Courage Spell Jar Video

Courage Spell Jar

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence for Tuesday

From apaganmess.com

Planet: Mars
Element: Fire
Colors: Red, Black, Orange
Keywords: Strength, Defense, Protection, Courage, Conviction, Action

Tuesday packs a punch of firey Mars energy. This is a great day for any spell work that is on the combative side. Anything dealing with protection, banishing, and the like will benefit from this energy.

December 6 Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2022 December 6

M16: A Star Forming Pillar from Webb

Image Credit: NASAESACSASTScIProcessing & Copyright: Mehmet Hakan Özsaraç

Explanation: What’s happening inside this interstellar mountain? Stars are forming. The mountain is actually a column of gas and dust in the picturesque Eagle Nebula (M16). A pillar like this is so low in density that you could easily fly though it — it only appears solid because of its high dust content and great depth. The glowing areas are lit internally by newly formed stars. These areas shine in red and infrared light because blue light is scattered away by intervening interstellar dust. The featured image was captured recently in near-infrared light in unprecedented detail by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), launched late last year. Energetic light, abrasive winds, and final supernovas from these young stars will slowly destroy this stellar birth column over the next 100,000 years.


Astrophysicists: Browse 2,900+ codes in the Astrophysics Source Code Library

December 6 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1240 Mongols led by Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kyiv after an 8 day siege; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive

1865 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery

1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty signed; Ireland receives dominion status; partition creates Northern Ireland

1998 Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela

2006 NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars

Today’s Historical Events

963 Leo VIII elected Pope

1060 Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary

1160 Jean Bodels “Jeu de St Nicholas” premieres in Arras

1196 Northern Dutch coast flooded, “Saint-Nicolas Flood”

1240 Mongols led by Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kyiv after an 8 day siege; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive

1273 Thomas Aquinas is thought to have a mystical experience in Naples, refuses to continue his work “I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me”

1424 Don Alfonso V of Aragon grants Barcelona the right to exclude Jews

1527 Pope Clemens VII flees to Orvieto

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1964 KTVR TV channel 13 in La Grande, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

1968 WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) 1st broadcast

1991 “Star Trek VI-Undiscovered Country” premieres

1995 Michael Jackson collapses while rehearsing for an HBO special

2002 “Adaptation” directed by Spike Jonze, starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep premieres

2005 16th Billboard Music Awards: Green Day50 Cent, and Mariah Carey win

2008 American pin-up model Bettie Page (85) is hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack

2009 Final Broadway performance of “A Steady Rain”, starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1841 Robert Schumann‘s 4th Symphony in D premieres

1846 Hector Berlioz‘s dramatic oratorio “La Damnation de Faust” by Hector Berlioz at the Opéra-Comique, Paris

1939 Cole Porter‘s musical “Du Barry Was A Lady” opens at 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs 408 performances

1956 “Happy Hunting” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 413 performances

1957 Roger Sessions‘ 3rd Symphony premieres in Boston with Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony

1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson confers Presidential Medal of Freedom on 31 recipients selected by JFK, including: contralto Marian Anderson; diplomat Ralph Bunche; cellist Pablo Casals; Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter; labor leader George Meaney; architect Mies van der Rohe; pianist Rudolf Serkin; writers E. B. White and Thorton Wilder; and painter Andrew Wyeth; as well as posthumously to JFK himself, and Pope John XXIII

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1925 Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 19-7

1930 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Balmy Beach win their 2nd and final title; defeat Regina Roughriders, 11-6

1939 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)

1955 New York psychologist Joyce Brothers wins “$64,000 Question” with topic of boxing

1956 Against the background of the Soviet invasion of Hungary the nations square off at the Melbourne Olympics in a famous water polo match; game called off with Hungary leading 4-0 and near riot halted by police; Hungary goes on to win gold medal

1956 Australian swimmer David Theile sets world record 1:02.2 to win the 100m backstroke gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics

1956 Australian women’s 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Dawn Fraser, Faith Leech, Sandra Morgan & Lorraine Crapp swim world record 4:17.1 and beat powerful US team to win the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics

December Solstice: Longest and Shortest Day of the Year

Solstice and Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere

Solstice and Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere

There are two solstices every year: one in December and one in June. The December solstice marks the shortest day north of the equator and the longest day in the south.

Sun Reaches Most Southerly Point

The December solstice is the moment the Sun is directly above the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the southernmost latitude it reaches during the year. After the solstice, it begins moving north again.

Solstice Local Time & Date

In Plainfield, Illinois, USA: Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 3:48 pm CST (Change location)
This corresponds to Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 21:48 UTC.

Sun rise/set and day length around this solstice

Solstice countdown

Local times for this solstice worldwide

Solstice Day and Night Map

Shortest Day in the North

Since the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun in December, it receives less sunlight during the course of a day. At the solstice, the North Pole’s tilt away from the Sun is greatest, so this event marks the shortest day of the year north of the equator.

This effect is greatest in locations that are farther away from the equator. In tropical areas, the shortest day is just a little shorter than 12 hours; in the temperate zone, it is significantly shorter; and places within the Arctic Circle experience polar night, when the Sun does not rise at all.

Longest Day in the South

Conversely, the day of the December solstice is the longest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, too, the effect is greater the farther a location is away from the equator.

Places within the Antarctic Circle experience Midnight Sun, when the Sun does not set at night.

What Does “Solstice” Mean?

During the course of a year, the subsolar point—the spot on the Earth’s surface directly beneath the Sun—slowly moves along a north-south axis. Having reached its northernmost point at the June solstice, it starts moving southward until it crosses the equator on the day of the September equinox. At the December solstice, which marks the southernmost point of its journey, it stops again to start its journey back toward the north.

This is how the solstices got their name: the term comes from the Latin words sol and sistere, meaning “Sun” and “to stand still”.

Initially, the naming arose from observations of how the Sun’s apparent path across the sky changes slightly from one day to the next, which is caused by the same process as the subsolar point’s movement described above.

In the months leading up to the December solstice, the position of sunrise and sunset creeps southward. On the day of the solstice, it reaches its southernmost point. After that, the daily path of the Sun across the sky begins to creep northward again.

Why Does the Sun Move North and South?

The subsolar point moves north and south during the year because the Earth’s axis is tilted at an angle of about 23.4° in relation to the ecliptic, an imaginary plane created by Earth’s path around the Sun. In June, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun, and the subsolar point is north of the equator. As the Earth travels toward the opposite side of its orbit, which it reaches in December, the Southern Hemisphere gradually receives more sunlight, and the subsolar point travels south.

The Solstices and the Seasons

The December solstice marks the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, according to one definition.

Sunrise and Sunset Times Lag Behind

The shortest day of the year is commonly associated with the latest sunrise and earliest sunset of the year. However, in most locations, the earliest sunset happens a few days before the solstice, while the latest sunrise occurs some days after itFind out why

The December Solstice in the Calendar …

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16 Pagan Christmas Traditions that People Mistakenly Credit to Christianity

Christmas is a midwinter festival celebrated on December 25th that is dedicated to the birth of Jesus Christ. Those who mark it celebrate in a variety of ways. Some attend services at church- the traditional services that initially gave the festival its name: “Christ’s mass.” Even those who do not believe in Christ enjoy the attendant festivities, celebrated with family and friends as well as putting up decorations, lighting candles, holding parties, eating and drinking and giving and receiving gifts.

Many of these Christmas traditions seem puzzling when compared to the central message of the Christian Christmas. For they either appear entirely irrelevant to it or else forced to fit. The reason for this is that many Christmas practices are much older than Christ’s Mass itself, dating back to much older religious traditions and gods. Some of these traditions can be easily traced back to their origins, while the exact roots of others have become lost in time. Here are just sixteen of the pagan traditions of Christmas.

16. The Twelve Days of Christmas Originates from the Numerous Pagan Festivals Once celebrated around midwinter.

15. Christmas Feasting and overindulgence was a Hangover from Pagan Midwinter Celebrations.

14. The Original Christmas Carols were not Christian hymns; they were pagan seasonal songs to drive away Evil.

13. Decking the Halls with Greenery was a Sign of Life during the Dead of Winter.

12. Christmas Trees were an extension of this tradition of life amidst the death of winter.

11. Christmas wreaths are another form of Christmas greenery that celebrates the wheel of life.

10. Holly was the symbol of the Pagan ‘King of Winter’- not the Blood of Christ.

9. Ivy was the partnership plant of Holly. However, it was the symbol of death, not life.

8. Mistletoe was an ancient symbol of peace, reconciliation- and love.

7. The Yule Log was lit to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun- and to keep fires burning while people partied.

6. Candles were lit to imitate the sun and Ward off Evil

5. The Giving of Gifts at Christmas has nothing to do with the Three Wise Men

4. The Lord of Misrule was a Popular Figure in the Middle Ages. However, he was a blatant hangover from Saturnalia.

3. Father Christmas or Santa Claus Started Life as a Pagan God

2. New Year Celebrations were so Pagan that the Council of Tours banned them.

1. Christmas Day was the date of the Rebirth of the Sun before it was the Birthday of the Son of God.

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