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Yule – Winter Solstice

Yule: Winter Solstice – Dec 21st/22nd

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The origin of the word Yule, has several suggested origins from the Old English word, geõla, the Old Norse word jõl, a pagan festival celebrated at the winter solstice, or the Anglo-Saxon word for the festival of the Winter Solstice, ‘Iul’ meaning ‘wheel’. In old almanacs Yule was represented by the symbol of a wheel, conveying the idea of the year turning like a wheel, The Great Wheel of the Zodiac, The Wheel of Life. The spokes of the wheel, were the old festivals of the year, the solstices and equinoxes.

The winter solstice, the rebirth of the Sun, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. It also the start of the increase in the hours of daylight, until the Summer Solstice, when darkness becomes ascendant once more.

” And the Yule-log cracked in the chimney,
And the Abbot bowed is head,
And the flamelets flapped and flickered,
But the Abbot was stark and dead.”

H.W. Longfellow ‘King Witlaf’s Drinking Horn (1848)

Read in full here @ the white goddess

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3 responses

  1. I FINALLY get why my daughter keeps saying “Jol” whenever she talks about Christmas in emails! (Palm to head “DUH!” 😉 ). Yule logs are apparently great for cleansing the home but not so good for Abbot’s by the sound of it 😉

    December 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm

  2. Pingback: Winter Solstice, December, 2013 | Becoming is Superior to Being

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