Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

  Winter Solstice is celebrated on the shortest day of the year. This is also known as the Yule which lasted 12 days. A yule log was burned to symbolize the life giving properties of the returning sun. A piece of the log is kept for the following year’s yule celebration. Other names for this event include Gody (Poland), Saturnalia (Ancient Rome. The Mayans celebrated this day with a traditional flying pole dance called polo voladore.

Monuments were set up to remember the solstice. The National Geographic shows a tomb aligned to capture the winter light. see the video Ireland mysterious Newgrange tomb

 

Celtic Blessing

“Nollaig Faoi Shean Is Faoi Mhaise Dhuit”
Knoll-ig f’wee haan ss f’wee shun-ah g-with
(A Christmas of Happiness and Joy to you) (old Irish Saying)

“May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door, and happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas.”

“In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.”

The Magic of Christmas lingers on
Though childhood days have passed
Upon the common round of life
A Holy Spell is Cast

 

Quotes

 

“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”  – Edith Wharton




“When you possess light within, you see it externally.” – Anaïs Nin

 

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