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Friday, 1 January 2010

Yule A Celebration Of Light And Warmth

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Yule, also known as Midwinter and Winster Solstice, occurs on the Winter Solstice. This is the time of year when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky (Northern Hemisphere) and the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn. This usually happens between December 20th and December 23rd. The sun will only rise higher and higher in the sky from this point onward. Since it appears that the sun's light is growing as each day passes after this one, this holiday is celebrated as the birth of the sun.

The word Yule comes from the Old Norse " meaning wheel,and refers to the 'wheel of the year', (or the idea of the year, seen as a wheel turning as the seasons change).

The word Solstice means
" standing-still-sun " because the sun seems to stand still for this one day before the daylight begins to grow again.

To our ancestors, the Sun was often identified with God, and the earth and moon with the Goddess. Since it was at this time that the daylight began to grow, our ancestors believed that this was the day the Goddess gave birth to the 'sun-Son' .

Because His birth heralds the days growing longer, the God represents hope in the coming cold of Winter and the promise that spring lies ahead. Since we are still in the coldest part of the year, with much cold and darkness still ahead of us, we should emulate the newly born baby. The baby Son draws close to his mother (the Goddess) at this time... we too must draw inward and be thankful for the family we have to help us through the hardships. This is also a time to delve into the depth of your mind and really look at yourself and see what you have learned in the past year.

From: Mystic Moon Coven

Books in PDF format to read:

Howard Phillips Lovecraft - The Transition Of Juan Romero
Meric Casaubon - True And Faithful Relation Of What Passed For Many Years

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