WINTER SOLSTICE 2014 -- SUNRISE & SUNSET GATHERINGS AT THE U.MASS. SUNWHEEL:
For those interested in learning about the sky, the Sunwheel gatherings at sunrise and sunset will include presentations which describe the significance of the solstices & equinoxes, the cause of the seasons and phases of the Moon, the story of building the Sunwheel, and other calendar sites around the world such as Stonehenge & Callanish in the UK and Chichen Itza in Mexico. Additionally, there will be an explanation of the Moon's 18.6-year cycle, also alled the Major Lunar Standstill. Come gather in community and connect with the sky -- bring your questions, your curiosity, and be prepared for freezing temperatures including waterproof footwear. The gatherings typically last 1 hour, and are held in all weather except rain and blizzards. Please note: The sunrise event will be more ceremonial and participatory in nature, including elements of ritual, personal reflection, poetry, song, and meditation, along with teachings on the astronomy of the seasons.
Donation: A $3 donation is requested to help with the cost of the additional sitework and future events which are planned. Sunwheel T-shirts & sweatshirts will also be available for purchase.
About the Winter Solstice (in the Northen hemisphere):
Location: The UMass Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road. The Sunwheel can easily be reached from the center of Amherst, following Amity St. to the west, on the right hand side of the road about 1/4 mile after crossing University Drive.
More Information: For more information on the U.Mass. Sunwheel, click here. For more information on the Moon's 18.6-year cycle, click here. For information on other programs offered by Dr. Judith Young, click here.
DIRECTIONS TO THE SUNWHEEL:
For directions from out of town, click here.
For a map showing the Sunwheel on the UMass Amherst campus, click here.
DATES OF SUNWHEEL GATHERINGS:
For the dates and times of Sunwheel gatherings, click here.
A project conceived by Dr. Judith
Professor of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
e-mail: Judith Young at email@example.com