Friday, 21 December 2012
Winter Solstice Blessings
Winter Solstice is a Pagan celebration to welcome back the returning sun. Today (December 21st) is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Yule is one of the Lesser Sabbats. The Goddess gives birth to the God as the reborn sun and in many traditions it is celebrated just before dawn to welcome his arrival. Candles and bonfires are frequently lit to welcome his arrival. The returning light completes the cycle of life, death and rebirth. In many Wiccan traditions, Yule symbolizes the end of the reign of the waning year's Holly-King, who is now replaced by the Oak-King of the waning year (who rules until Summer Solstice).
This Sabbat represents the rebirth of light. Here, on the longest night of the year, the Goddess gives birth to the Sun God and hope for new light is reborn. Yule is a time of awakening to new goals and leaving old regrets behind.
Enjoy the festival by hanging out lights, decorate a Yule tree, make evergreen decorations to put up, burn a Yule log, give gifts and have a party.
Through out today we'll be adding more information and ides for you Yule/Winter Solstice celebrations.
If you don't have time for much just light a candle and welcome the returning Sun God to bring love, light and warmth to the earth, Bright Blessings )0(