My clock is slowly unwinding towards 2013, when it will definitely pick up steam ... and the posts I had thought of doing were totally inappropriate after Sandy Hook ... so I’m having a short reflection instead.
Reflections lead to new information ... I found the revival of the Celtic tradition of Montol, the Winter Solstice, in the western reaches of Cornwall - the Penwith area, of which Penzance and St Ives are the main towns – the term Montol reflects the ‘death’ and ‘rebirth’ of the sun through "Rivers of Fire" processions in the town.
Many of us have lost loved ones this year, have suffered in many ways, or are caring for others in much need – we can so easily forget people’s sorrows, trials and tribulations ... as we get so tied up on our own worlds we forget to focus on those in need, or just those who could do with our thoughtfulness and compassion ...
|Rivers of Fire - Penzance
Montol takes me back to Cornwall and my mother’s roots, now my maternal roots, stretching back to the fisher folk of St Ives in the 1800s – and further back into the recesses of time, as we know it – Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Middle Ages ... when the written word started to record our history.
|Haab Calendar - one of the system of
Yet the Mayan civilization may have arisen in 2,600BC, but they set their calendar so that the end of the current World Age would coincide with certain astronomic events, namely the point when the rising sun on the winter solstice appears to overlay that part of the galaxy we term the ‘Dark Rift’ – an apparent gap caused by interstellar dust and gas cloud.
(see more here at The History Girls blog - from which this extract was taken.)
|Apocalypse depicted in Christian
Orthodox traditional fresco scenes in
Osogovo Monastery, Macedonia
Should the end of the world occur – then I wish you a tender farewell ... but I suspect that the future telling of a new World Age is much more likely.
It has sort of drawn attention to my new beginning ... as I look forward to happy years ahead – with so much opportunity to be grasped. However I will always remember my mother and her desire for knowledge, which we were able to share as I explored new historical horizons, and how she expanded that knowledge through her queries, always being amazed that I was sharing these quests with you.
|Christmas Lights on the
fisher fleet in Mousehole
We are in a time of dark despair ... yet if we can look beyond – there are hopes for new beginnings: people are more compassionate and more aware ... so through this amazing group of bloggers, your families and friends we can influence those around us to smile more, volunteer more, help others ... and probably most importantly give of our time – just those extra few seconds, minutes with people who hanker for company and love ...
Have a wonderful Christmas and festive season with your families and friends ... with plenty of time for giving and sharing with those in need ...
I shall be around and will post anon – either this year or next! But I’ll be calling by your blogs as I go ...
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