Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Day The Sun Stood Still

In Earth's northern hemisphere, this is the day of the summer solstice (sol=sun, stice=still) and the beginning of Summer. The sun reaches its highest point in the sky today, and it is the longest day of the year. Although the sun begins its descent tomorrow, insolation from our star will continue to raise atmospheric temperatures until late July. As this day marks the end of the season of renewal and the beginning of the season of growth and flower, I am reminded of this quote by D. H. Lawrence:

The greatest need of man is the renewal forever of the complete rhythm of life and death, the rhythm of the sun's year, the body's year.

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