Saturday, December 20, 2008

Solstice Reading in Placitas

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Here's hoping for a follow up report (maybe even with pictures) .... then you'll be even sorrier you missed it and will try harder to make next years' solstice offering... and other Placitas poetry happenings...

More about Solstice & its origins, pictures of winter solstice at Stonehenge & making a solstice wreath
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

Now, where do you suppose the first couple of lines of this carol came from?

There is a whole series of medieval English carols on the subject of the rivalry between the holly and the ivy. In many of them, the holly and ivy symbolized male and female, and the songs narrated their often rowdy vying for mastery in the forest or in the house.

And the next time incessant repetitions of "the Carol of the Bells" annoy you, consider this: it's a remnant of the pre-Christian winter solstice carol.

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