I wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a Happy Winter Solstice /Yule (12/21)!! While Christmas and New Year’s are just days away, this holiday season takes many of it’s symbols and traditions from the ancient Earth/Nature-centered celebrations of the Winter Solstice, which honors the darkest day of the year and welcomes the return of the increasing light! The Christmas Tree is an ancient Pagan symbol of life as the Evergreens are the only trees to stay green (hence the name, lol) during this cold, dark season….they were adorned with lights to encourage the return of the sun (or son…get it??). The Yule Log is, well, just that! An another way to honor the death of the old god (represented by the tree log…often an oak) and the return of the new god aka LIGHT! No matter what your beliefs, this is the time of year to gather with friends and family and create warmth in many ways! And it’s a time of introspection on our own lives and how much we need to respect Nature and the cycles of the seasons and of life!
So HAPPY SOLSTICE/YULE everyone!!!
Here are a few of my Wintery holiday images for you…enjoy!