Today we are talking about the first of December, or as some people are calling it …winter.
In the natural way of things the four seasons start at natural points of the year, starting with the first equinox of the year, the spring equinox or vernal equinox, (the word vernal meaning of, in, or appropriate to spring) when the day is equal to the night.
This is when the sun starts its annual journey along its path called the ecliptic. The ecliptic can be described as a great circle although its name comes from the word ellipse which is an oval shape, it’s often used to describe shapes that more resemble an egg.
If it’s not winter, what is it?
The sun starts its annual journey at the astronomical location of the vernal equinox (spring equinox when the day is equal to the night) when it crosses the equator at 0° latitude.
Astronomers use the sun crossing the equator at 0° latitude as a reference point in celestial coordinate systems.
Astrologers use the sun crossing the equator at 0° latitude as a reference point for the start of the astrological year.
Spring, and the natural new year, start with the first equinox of the year when the day is equal to the night.
Summer starts when the sun is at its highest point in the sky and you enjoy the longest day.
Autumn starts when the day and night are equal again, at the autumn equinox. There is no second name for this equinox as there are for the spring or vernal equinox.
Winter starts when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky and you experience the shortest day.
Yes the days are dark and cold, yes it can feel like winter, but the sun has not yet reached its lowest point, it is still autumn.
The man-made way of things was decided by meteorologists in 1780 or 1781
My research shows two different dates, when the Societas Meteorologica Palatina, an early international organisation for meteorology, based in Germany, defined seasons as groupings of three whole months as identified by the Gregorian calendar.
I cover more information about the man-made Gregorian calendar in the upcoming episode called Peace if you would like to know more about it.
The Societas Meteorologica Palatina wanted to know more about aurora borealis and also collected observations of the weather, including temperature, pressure, humidity, and other various atmospheric phenomena.
This information had been being gathered for some time and a way was wanted to organise it.
In 1723 a scheme for the standard organisation of weather reports was created under the Royal Society, then known as The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge.
Weather information had been being gathered for some time and a way was wanted to organise it, and they organised it in defined seasons as groupings of three whole months as identified by the Gregorian calendar.
“We often use a meteorological definition of the seasons. By the meteorological calendar, the first day of winter is always 1 December; ending on 28 (or 29 during a Leap Year) February.
Meteorological seasons consist of splitting the seasons into four periods made up of three months each. These seasons are split to coincide with our Gregorian calendar, making it easier for meteorological observing and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics.
The seasons are defined as;
Spring (March, April, May),
Summer (June, July, August),
Autumn (September, October, November), and
Winter (December, January, February).
The Met Office, previously its full name of The Meteorological Office began in 1854 as a small department within the Board of Trade under Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy as a service to mariners.
The Board of Trade is a British government body concerned with commerce and industry, currently within the Department for International Trade. Its full title is The Lords of the Committee of the Privy Council appointed for the consideration of all matters relating to Trade and Foreign Plantations, but is commonly known as the Board of Trade, and formerly known as the Lords of Trade and Plantations or Lords of Trade.
In October 1859 there was a violent storm and the passenger vessel, the Royal Charter, was wrecked off the coast of Anglesey, with a loss of around 450 lives, this number cannot be confirmed as records were not accurate.
Although a passenger vessel many of whom were gold miners, of which some had struck it rich at the diggings in Australia and were carrying large sums of gold about their persons, a consignment of gold was also being carried as cargo.
- This event led to the first gale warning service.
- In 1861 the Met Office started to provide weather forecasts to newspapers.
- In 1919 the Met Office became part of the Air Ministry.
- In 1990 the Met Office became an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence and was required to act commercially.
- In 2011 the Met Office became part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
- In 2016 the Met Office became part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy following the merger of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The Met Office can hold all of these positions and yet says they split the seasons into four periods made up of three months each, making it easier for meteorological observing and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics.
Don’t be fooled!
Don’t be fooled, they have the science available to them, the technology, the amazingly qualified people to be able to forecast AND to compare seasonal and monthly statistics between the equinox to solstice, from solstice to equinox.
They could say from 0° latitude to 23.5° tilt in 1984 and compare that to 0° latitude to 23.5° tilt in 2004, of course they can.
Yes, they produce amazing information about the weather, and I love all kinds of weather.
But the man-made reason for knowing the weather is about trade, it’s about gold, and it’s about war.
They use a man-made tool, a calendar, and yes I love a calendar, I love being able to meet my friends at 2pm tomorrow for a zoom meeting, with agreements set in place by iso 8601, the International Standards organisation format for dates and times, so they can synchronise timings for the benefit of delivery of trade and combat missions.
So please, enjoy the weather, enjoy the benefits of trade, enjoy the security our military provides for us, yes do all of these things.
But please don’t think it’s winter.
Because whatever the man-made way of things is here on earth, the sun is still travelling its ecliptic. The sun is a few weeks away from it being at its lowest point in the sky.
Enjoy the rest of autumn, winter will be here in its natural time.
Love Karen xx
Your Power is the combination of the Natural and Man-made way of things that works for you
You cannot make an educated and informed decision without all the information, otherwise, you may find you have created yourself a brilliant ladder that has been placed against the wrong wall.
Whatever it is for you, I wish you every success 💛