Category Archives: Seasons

Major Cold dà hán 大寒 Jan 20th

January 2oth will begin the period of Major or Greater Cold. It is supposed to be the coldest time of the year. In fact we had extremely cold weather a few weeks earlier and now we are having what might … Continue reading

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Minor Cold xiǎo hán 小寒 Jan 5th

The new year has begun. We enter into the period of Minor Cold on the 5th of January although for many serious cold has already come. As the period progresses, however, weather rapidly reaches its coldest. In view of this … Continue reading

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January Garden Calendar

This is a great month for evaluating and planning, placing orders (January is National Mail-Order Gardening Month), preparing and getting organized. It’s also a good time to work on plants during dormancy, so they can begin their spring growing season … Continue reading

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Yule Log

Among the Pagan traditions that have become part of Christmas is burning the yule log. The Druids would bless a log and keep it burning for 12 days during the winter solstice; part of the log was kept for the following … Continue reading

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Christmas Feasting

The coronation of Charlemagne on Christmas of 800 helped promote the popularity of the holiday. Other customs developed as part of Christian belief. For example, Mince Pies (so called because they contained shredded or minced meat) were baked in oblong … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 21st

Today is the winter solstice. Where I live in Virginia it comes at 11:19 PM EST. In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices … Continue reading

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Santa Lucia Day

Saint Lucy or Santa Lucia, was a wealthy young Christian martyr, killed in Syracuse, Sicily, by Diolcletian.  Her feast day in the West is 13 December . Her name comes from lux, lucis “light,” and she is the patron saint … Continue reading

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