December21st, 2017, Fair Haven, NY: Today at 11:28 a.m., the sun reaches its furthest southern point on the earth's revolution round the most celestial of bodies. It's called the Winter Solstice and is alternatively known as the shortest day of the year or the longest night, depending on your perspective.
Throughout history, these 24 hours are known as the worst of the year. And, in 2017 it should be no different.
According to astrologers, the planet Saturn and the Sun both pass through the constellation Capricorn which means that they actually "line up" in the heavens -- for the first time since 1664.
Apparently this is bad.
Meaning that if you are planning any big projects for today you might want to reconsider. It will take longer, be more frustrating and come out worse than if you wait till Friday. Unless of course you're a sailor, who then has to wait till Saturday to cast off because superstition dictates that you shouldn't start a long voyage on a Friday.
At this rate, we might as well just wait to do any work till after the New Year and start drinking right now. I mean ... what's the point if the astrologers all think it's bad?
Of course there are some people who don't believe in all this astrology stuff. Too corny. Too weird. Too crazy.
But with Donald Trump in the White House, I've come to take a different view of superstition, astrology, fortune telling and ouigi boards. The dark pall he has cast over our nation has been the most depressing I've seen since the Nixon Presidency. So now, all of this "kooky" stuff certainly make more sense than he does. and he's the leader of the free world.
You need to know though, that despite all, I'm a "glass half full" kind of guy.
So here's my advice. If you woke up today feeling that the darkness over America is even darker than usual, take heart. While today we get to enjoy just 9 hours of daylight, starting tomorrow, we creep back towards a minute more and then even two minutes more come January 7th. It keeps getting better all the way to the other side of the sun next June when we hit the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year when we will have somewhere around 15 hours and 22 minutes of daylight.
In my job, I travel all across Upstate and talk to people who are itching to change America to be a better place, where our rights are protected, all people have equal opportunity and peace reigns. And, the optimism surrounding the mid-term elections next year that will spell then end of the madness is tremendous -- an overwhelming wave that is unstoppable.
Like I said, brighter days are just around the corner.