Celebration of the Winter Solstice
In ancient days, even as far as 10 millennia ago, people lived by hunting, farming and gathering thus spending much time outdoors. It's easy to see how the seasons played a very important part in their lives. In such a lifestyle it's simply intuitive to build a reverent connection with Nature for its bounty and even the sun for its life-giving rays.
Yule then became a festive celebration of the waxing Sun, centered around a massive bonfire where all villagers would revel in freshly hunted game, mead, music, dance and above all, gratitude for their Winter stores.
In their homes they'd decorate with fallen leaves, acorns, evergreens, holly, mistletoe and shiny objects to encourage the Sun God to shine. The likes of these were not only to ward off evil spirits, but were symbolic of the resilience of Life and the hope of the coming Spring!
The Spirit of Yule is one of resilience of Life going through, in this case, the darkest of the seasons as it marks the rebirth of the Sun.
Yule reminds us of the fundamental human need to connect with the natural world, celebrate the cycle of life, and find hope in the darkest days. As we pass through the winter solstice this year, take a moment to appreciate the rich tapestry of that is your life. Remember, the light always returns, and with it, the promise of new beginnings.
May your worries melt away with the coming Sun
so your hearts will be filled with gratitude and Love.