Tuesday, December 21, will be the darkest day for the last 456 years.
This year, the solstice, which happens this Tuesday to coincide with a full lunar eclipse. Such a coincidence, not seen on Earth for 456 years.
This state of the heavenly bodies, has a hidden meaning in many philosophical and esoteric teachings, which emphasize the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. This is a time associated with the rebirth of the sun.
"It's a ritual transformation from darkness to light," — said Nicole Cooper, Wiccan high priestess of the Church in Canada. "The idea is that when the faded colors of life, then this is the best time for personal transformation".
"The Moon and the Sun on this day will be the most dark." The last time an eclipse and the winter solstice happened simultaneously almost five centuries ago. The winter solstice has played an important role in the Greco-Roman rituals.
"It is time to consider how to rebirth or renewal because astronomically, this time, when the light comes back," — said Shane Hawkins, a professor of the history of Greece and Rome in Carleton University, Ottawa.
But from a scientific point of view, it's just a coincidence of natural cycles.
"It's quite rare, but there are no hidden meanings. So lay cards: we were given four aces, "- said Robert Dick, professor of astronomy at Carleton.