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Thursday, 20 December 2012

How To Welcome Back the Sun for Yule

Winter solstice
Winter solstice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How To Welcome Back the Sun for Yule


There are a lot of different celebrations going on at this time of the year for many different reasons. Hanukkah, Ramadan, Christmas, Kwanzaa etc and, of course, the Winter Solstice, or Yule. At the heart of this is a celebration of the change of the season.  Due to the rotation and tilt of the earth the days shorten and our part of the world goes dark. So on the 21st of December, the shortest day we celebrate in good faith that the sun will return.  

The ancients knew that the Winter Solstice was the longest night of the year -- and that meant that the sun was beginning its long journey back towards earth. It was a time of celebration, and for rejoicing in the knowledge that soon, the warm days of spring would return, and the dormant earth would come back to life.

Because this is a celebration of thanks for light, it is a time for fires and candles as symbols of the sun. It is a time for bright colors. Even if you are not a Pagan, you can welcome the light back into your home and your life.

But if you do want to celebrate in the old Pagan or Wiccan way, you will find a ceremony at this link. 
http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/yulethelongestnight/ht/WelcomeSun_Yule.htm

And here is a song for Yule 



Wendy Mason is a career coach.  She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life.  Before working as a coach, Wendy had a long career in both the public and private sectors in general management and consultancy as well as spells in HR.  She now divides her time between coaching and writing. You can contact Wendy at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
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