In his journal on 21 December 1822 Charles Lamb describes the winter solstice as “an unnerving and foreboding date” whilst introducing the arrival of many of his distinguished guests to Blakesware Hall, including William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge. He mentions how Blakesware’s foundations shake with glee at their arrival. Adding, “Bring the Doubting Thomases to the door – those who said it would never happen”.  They talk about releasing a deep magic on the world.

Curious then that on yesterday’s winter solstice at about eleven in the evening an earthquake measuring 3.6 hit Cumbria, The epi-centre was the Lake District home for many years to William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge.  Nobody was injured but it was an alarming experience for many with Christmas trees shaking in their tubs.

cumbria earthquake

The tremor occurred under the first total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice in nearly 400 years. It wasn’t a blue moon but one bathed in coppery shadow, beautifully caught on camera.

winter solstice lunar eclipse

I-Spy the Earth Emperor's Eye