In PaGaian Cosmology, and sometimes explicitly expressed in other traditions, Winter Solstice/Yule essentially celebrates the Birth of All, Origins (capitalized because it needs to be noted as a sacred and ultimate event). Winter Solstice is a good time to contemplate Creation stories. Here is one – a Poem from Jami 1414, with an image (from my ritual space – I call Her Radha):
“I wouldn’t go so far as saying I’m atheist! Those guys are always so angry”, my friend had told me in his truck in the middle of Nowhere, Wyoming a few years back. “Are they?” I replied, “I actually haven’t met any like that. Honestly, in the world of religion, atheists have got to be the most ostracized I’ve ever met. Every religion looks down on atheists or feel superior over them; they’re the nonbelievers. But I haven’t seen them angry- I’ve seen them more understanding.
So how will you be celebrating? There are less than three weeks left before Yule (the Winter Solstice)! This is going out a week early because for many of us, this is a Sabbat that takes a little more preparation (and if you are buying gifts, the HP Gift List here might help). Whether that’s due to cultural inertia, or kid’s expectations, the importance of Stars and this Sabbat, or whatever, it’s a big deal in our family. We’ve already started the Solstice doors and decorating. If you have been doing your Winter Solstice traditions for years, if you are just starting your family and are currently building the traditions which will bring the Universe to your kids, or anything in between, I hope that the traditions and practices here are found to be useful, inspiring, or just comforting.
For me, this Sabbat was my gateway – the first holiday I added to my life after leaving all Catholic holidays behind as insignificant to our human future. I started watching our Sun rise on the Winter Solstice – a tradition linking me to millions of Ancestors across the globe for thousands of years. I found out how real, powerful, and universal this holiday is in one way or another, and how natural it was for this season to capture our human attention. The rest of the Wheel followed easily from there.
Here it comes! Seven minutes of terror, with survival hanging in the balance! It’s real, and you can live it yourself!
Just in time for Winter Solstice/Yule, here are some gift ideas to give or ask for! Of the items here, many will help your spiritual practice, enriching your daily life. Others will help you be understood by loved ones, or help you open a child’s eyes to our glorious Universe. I’ve listed items for adults, then books/DVDs for adults, followed by the same two categories for parents/kids. Read More