If you’re a new reader and don’t understand why I specifically honor St. Nicholas on his day, I suggest you reread my column for this day two years past, and don’t skip the links. And if you wish to honor the jolly saint yourself, I suggest you reread my November 25th column and proceed accordingly; I’ve provided ways you can help several of the saint’s favorites at the same time. And if you already know what this is about, what are you waiting for? I know you don’t want to end up on his naughty list.
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The apparent path of the sun crossed (or will cross, depending on when you read this) the celestial equator at 14:21 UTC today, marking this as the first day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the first of spring in the Southern. Our beautiful Mabon art is by Samantha Candelaria-Ley, daughter of my friend Dr. David Ley (whom I mention often in this blog). I saw him tweet one of her earlier works and I was so impressed I asked if she could do one for me, and as you can see she graciously assented.
Every year on her feast day, I honor St. Mary Magdalene; even though the Church does not officially recognize her as the patron of whores, she certainly is in the public imagination. And that recognition of sacred whoredom is far more important than any official designation by any organization.
The apparent path of the sun reached its northernmost point at 22:34 UTC last night; this is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest in the Southern. Happy Litha, dear readers, and Blessed Be!