December 21st marks the winter solstice, an astronomical event during which the sun moves into Capricorn and the days begin to become longer.
In the northern hemisphere this is the last day of fall and the first day of winter, marking the longest night and shortest day of the year.
Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn who governs challenges and success. It is a great time to reflect on what our challenges are and how to move through them creatively with the dawn of the new year in 2019.
In the 4th century the Germanic peoples celebrated yuletide with the best of their crops being given to their gods. There was much drinking of ale, celebration and a sacrificial feast that went on for 12 days. Hence, the origin of the 12 days of Christmas.
In more modern neo-paganism and earth traditions the winter solstice or Yule, is expressed as the rebirth Of the Horned God or Sun God.
The time of decreasing days which began on the summer solstice of June 21 has ended and the days become longer every day.
This is symbolic of the Sun God awakening from his sleep and rising into the sky a little higher each day.
The longer days are indeed a reason to celebrate both for agrarian societies and modern ones.
The sun brings hope, growth, positivity and life. It lifts our spirits and inspires us to love , give and achieve.
In ancient cultures when the night was lit by fires only and coldness was inescapable, the Sun became the life giver and healer of society. It gave promise for good crops and so life could be renewed. The fire element was in focus.
On the eve of Yule or solstice is is traditional to have a yule log and to burn it slowly all-night waiting for the dawn.
For those without logs, fireplaces and fires, using candles of red and green, (electric or wax) can commemorate and celebrate this tradition.
During the waiting time until dawn it is traditional to give thanks for the year and harvest.
Many people write out lists of what they are grateful for and burn them, therefore sending thanks to the skies and the god/desses .
Energetically , Yule is a great time to cleanse yourself of what no longer serves you by leaving old habits, harmful thinking and dysfunctional relationships behind.
The solstice is time of celebration and paying it forward. It’s a new time, a fresh start and clear direction.
It’s a powerful and happy energy to chart a new course for yourself and step into new thinking so dance to your new drumbeat, literally and figuratively.
Traditional solstice foods are warm and /or things made from the harvested crops such as apples, wheat breads , soups, wassail and ale.
To celebrate the sun spicier warming herbs are used such as orange peel, ginger, cinnamon, anise and black pepper.
Some traditions include roasted vegetables with peppers, garlic and onions whilst others favor roasted meats.
Sweets include apple cakes; honey cakes, seed cakes with cinnamon and ginger used liberally.
Other solstice plants include holly, oak, mistletoe, birch and evergreens or the Yule tree.
Cultures have celebrated Yule /Solstice since time immemorable and in such places like Stonehenge, huge crowds of people gather to celebrate together.
The sun is a unifying energy of life and health. It uplifts and inspires us and opens the path to peace.
The earth needs the sun to live just as the sun needs earth to give renewal to.
The Winter Solstice is a time of celebration. We have been gifted and lived another year and we can chart an even more positive course in the new one
From one year to the next without regret celebrate the sun’s return and solstice!
Recipe for Yule Wassail
3 red apples
3 oz brown sugar
2 pints ale or cider
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger strips or lemon peel
What is your favorite solstice food or tradition?
What do you think?
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