Welcome to the Darkness
This year Winter Solstice, or Yule, falls on Monday December 21, 2015. This Pagan holiday officially marks the first day of winter as well as the longest night, and shortest day of the year. From here until the Summer Solstice, the hours of daylight will slowly increase, bringing with it, more light and longer days.
Yule festivities are essentially Fire Festivals that celebrate the rebirth of the sun, and the dark giving way to the light. During this time it is said that the Goddess transforms into the Mother when she gives birth to the Sun King. And it is the Sun King who will slowly bring warmth and light back to the earth.
Ways to Celebrate
This holiday is a wonderful time to create the future and rejoice in peace, love, and happiness. Much like setting resolutions on New Year’s, Yule is the perfect time to invite positive things into your world. It is celebrated with festive gatherings of family and friends, reflective meditations, and the lighting of Yule Logs. If you choose to decorate, the traditional Pagan colors are red, green and white. If you would like to pay tribute specifically to the Sun King, white and gold are most fitting.
How to Use the Energy to Your Advantage
The Solstice can also be a beneficial time of growth and self-discovery when examining its duality of darkness and light. In the darkness we are given an opportunity to learn how to trust ourselves and our intuition when we cannot see the way. It here that we gain the ability to perceive pain, recognize thought processes that no longer serve us and learn to see the shadow parts of ourselves. When you accept and release the darker aspects of who you are, they are integrated into the whole. And you are then able to step into the light and fully embrace it. Many choose to do this through meditation, but sometimes a life experience during this event is also enlightening
Enjoy the Solstice this year in a traditional way or in a innovative one that feels good to you. Let go of what no longer serves you and make room for something new. Now is the time to ask for what you want and invite opportunities into your life. Revel in the darkness and embrace the light. Happy Solstice!
*The date posted for Winter Solstice has been calculated according to my location in the State of California for 2015. Dates and times differ according to your geographical location. Please check to confirm for your locality.