Throughout each age in human history, people have gathered to celebrate and honor the sun. These special rituals during the time of the solstice and equinox each year mark not only the movement of the sun, but the cycles of spiritual and physical life. Click here to read my latest post about solstice meaning and rituals.
Solstice means ‘sun stand still'. Christians celebrate the birth of Christ this time of year & Yule is connected to the joy at the birth of the Sun God, child of the Goddess. It's a celebration of rebirth. It's a turning point in the year, when the days become longer & the darkness of winter is overcome. It's easy to understand why our ancestors held Solstice in such reverence. Their lives were governed by the sun, & the promise of its return would, of course, be sacred.
Yule/Winter Solstice Other names: Mean Geimhridh, Alban Arthuan, Modranicht (Mother Night). Date: December 20,21,or 22 depending on the calendar. Sun a 1 degree Capricorn. Meaning of the word: Yule means “wheel” (Scandinavian derivation); solstice means “the sun stands still.” Primary ritual focus: Rebirth and renewal, “saining” or “blessings” in ritual form, burning of the Yule Log.