Winter Solstice Wishes

With the Sun’s Capricorn ingress nearly upon us, I would like to take the opportunity to wish all my friends, followers, and gentle readers of this web log a peaceful Winter Solstice and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2017.


(Amaterasu, Goddess of the Sun; painting by Gareth Hainds)

 Amaterasu is a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru meaning “shining in heaven.”

In the beginning Amaterasu the Goddess of the Sun, ruled the heavens and the Earth together with her brother Tsukuyomi the God of the Moon. One day Uke Mochi the Goddess of food offered Tsukuyomi some food that so disgusted him that he killed her. Amatarasu was so outraged by his actions, she retired to a cave plunging the World into darkness. All the trees bearing fruit died, nothing would grow anymore, everyone was living in a state of darkness and despair. So the people devised a plan to bring Amaterasu back. They unearthed a tree and placed a mirror on it, then went to her cave and pretended to have a big festival with music and singing so loud that the Sun Goddess was intrigued, how could this happen with no light in the World? She moved the big stone blocking the entrance of the cave and went out. She sees another Sun, not knowing it is her own reflection. Quickly the people move behind her creating a magic line in the soil that she cannot cross and preventing her from going back fully into the cave. So each night she retreats into the cave as far as the line permits and each morning she emerges bringing light and joy and refreshment to the World.




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6 thoughts on “Winter Solstice Wishes

  1. I just LOVE this story Peter! I sort of have a “thing” with Goddesses of the Sun and Gods of the Moon, even though in most astrology systems, this is reverse. So, with regard to the Elven viewpoint presented in Professor JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth stories, Happy “Turuhalme” the Log-Drawing. Time to tell stories! Wonderfully, in these stories, the one who steers the Sun, Anar, is named Arien (female), while the one who steers the Moon, Isil, is named Tilion (male). They even begin with the same letters – love it! 🙂 ❤

    • Thank you, Lisa. I am glad you liked it!
      I am used to Sun being female and Moon being male because this is how they are adressed in modern German. Anyway, it is only a recent thing, because up to the 17th century gender of Sun and Moon has been ambivalent.

      • Oh that is fantastic Peter! So to be sure of what you mean, you are saying that the gender of the Sun and the Moon weren’t really designated in ASTROLOGY until the 17th Century? Was this in Europe or even in more southern lands (Egypt, Persia, Mediterranean, etcetera)? I believe gender was important in Vedic Astrology as the mythology is (still) important throughout their disciplines (Yoga, Ayurveda, etcetera) – thanks tons! As an aside, when working with astrology, it seems gender doesn’t matter as the energies assigned are the same.

      • Not only in astrology, but in everyday language as a whole it was common until the 17th century to refer to Sun or Moon as either, male or female! I can only speak for the German language, but I presume it may have been the same in others, too.

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