Stone Chambers in New York for the Winter Solstice

Whangtown Stone Chambers

The above link is to s a video on youtube that shows and explains the chambers.


Whangtown Chamber photo taken by my brother Lou Tartaro
Whangtown Chamber
photo taken by my brother Lou Tartaro

To quote my brother Lou Tartaro:  his caption :
‘In any event, you can’t beat this pic of
the Whangtown Chamber when you want to experience
the true meaning of solstice to the Druids.’

I have had the honor of visiting this chamber for solstice a few times in my lifetime

with my brother and others that were celebrating the Winter Solstice with singing

and chanting sharing some food .. celebrating the return of the Sun.

~ Tis the Season of Joy & Love,
til next time .. stay cozy and warm,


YuleTide ~ coming of the New Year ~


“Yule, is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half.   Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day.  Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb.  Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were “wassailed” with toasts of spiced cider.” ~ Yule Lore

YuleTime ~
May the Light of the Sun

Holiday time has always been my very favorite time of year .!!
Mahattan NYC will forever be the must exciting and magical place on the planet at this time of year !!!

Radio City, Manhattan NYC
Radio City, Manhattan NYC

The scents from the street vendors with their roasting chestnuts,
and salty pretzels evoke vivid memories for me. The brisk cold of the season ..
making everything sharp and clear ..

Pine Cones from when I lived in the Bronx, NY in my back garden.
Pine Cones
from when I lived in the Bronx, NY
in my back garden.

Yule is a family time of year. Celebrated by the Germanic peoples and then absorbed into celebrations surrounding Christmas. Beginning at sundown on December 20th and ends at sundown January 1st. Usually celebrated with the Winter Solstice as the rebirth of the Great horned hunter god who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. Gatherings with family and friends with a yummy meal ..

The Essential Herbal Blog ~

My friend Tina Sams owner of The Essential Herbal has posted a blog post from an earlier Nov/Dec issue of TEH that I thought I would share with you. And while your there .. you should explore her site and think about giving the wonderful gift of a year subscription to this great magazine.
For those in your life that love all things herbal and making crafts .. this is a great place for them to go.!!! Visit TEH blog

Some Trivia about this Season ~

This time of year is also called: Yule, Saturnalia (roman) Christmas.
The colors of the season are red, green & white.
With mistletoe, evergreen wreaths, lights, holly and yule log.
The energy is directed toward regeneration & renewal.
The riturals for this seaon are of personal renewal, world peace and honoring family & friends.
Customs are wreaths, lights, gift-giving, singing, feasting & resolutions.

Yule The Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice

Some holiday scents suggestion for you to diffuse for your home or office:

– Holiday Spice : with sweet orange, cinnamon, clove, & nutmeg

– Samhain Nights : with spruces, cedarwoods nutmeg & bay

– Midnight Portals : grapefruit, lime, spearming, sandalwood & OakMoss

– Scandanavian Winter : Cedarwood & Spruce

End Quote:

Blessed is the Season ..
which engages the whole world ~
in a conspiracy of Love.
~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

As the Season changes and the winds become fierce,
stay cozy and warm ~ Peace
til next time, Rosanne

Last January 2013 at the farm
Last January 2013
at the farm

Holiday Closing for 2012 & Holiday Good Wishes ~


Merry Christmas

At this special time of year,
we wanted to take a moment to simply say ..
Thank You.
We wish our SunRose Family
a peaceful and loving Holiday Season.

May New Year 2013 bring only wondrous adventures
and blessings to us all !!

Thank you from my heart to yours ~
for all the support throughout
the years ~~

Special thanks to ::
Ms Sally Ann Prisco & Ms Johanna Tramo
for all they do at SunRose
to make our products and packaging beautiful.

SunRose Holiday closing will be the following ::

Friday ~ December 21st, 2012 (Happy Solstice)
we will return on ::
Wednesday ~ January 2nd, 2013

Looking forward to serving you in the New Year 2013.~ 

Happy New Year 2013
 til next time,
stay safe, cozy and warm
during the Holiday Season
~ Rosanne

Winter Solstice ~ December 21st, 2012

Winter Solstice

Things do not change:
we change …
~ Henry David Thoreau

The Winter Solstice is the time at which the Sun is at its lowest altitude above the horizon. The shortest day of the year or the first day of Winter.

And so, Another year is coming to a close ~
Still amazed that it is 14 years now that we have been serving the SunRose Family.

So many many joyful and sad happenings in this past year ~
For those that have had new members added to the family,
or have had some wonderful blessings we share in your joy.

To all those that have lost a loved one ..
we send you our thoughts and prayers ..

Winter is a time to go within ..
A time of rest and contemplation
… to weave those dreams …
to remember time past .. those memories that we cherish ..

Some new Gift Sets we hope you will enjoy ~

* Incense: Resin Gift Sets ~

* Incense: Aromatic Woods ~

* Salt Scrubs ~ Himalayan Salt ~

End Quote ~
“Winter is the time of promise
because there is so little to do –
or because you can now and then
permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.”
– Stanley Crawford

til next time ..
be safe and stay cozy and warm,



Happy Solstice 2011 ~

Winter Solstice greetings! As the Sun enters Capricorn
and stands still in the sky for 3 days,we celebrate the turning of the year.
Saying good bye to 2011 and welcoming in 2012.

At the Holiday Season,
our thoughts turn gratefully to those
who made our growth and progress possible.
It is in this spirit that we say:
the Holidays and a Happy New Year 2012!

Please Note:
We will be closed for inventory and our
traditional Holiday shutdown from
Friday, December 23rd through Monday, January 2nd, 2012
We will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012.

All orders placed on the Internet will be processed starting
January 3rd, 2012.

Wishing you a peaceful Holiday Season,
and if you are traveling ,,, safe journey.!