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December 21, 2014 is a powerful day - both the winter solstice and new moon shares the same day. As you can feel, we’re all in transition. It’s time to bless the past, the old, the things that no longer serve us, so that we can welcome in the NEW moon energies. Celebrate this space. Find healing in this energy. Greatness is on the way. Look forward. 💫 Follow me on Twitter @BrittanyPhina

Today is Yule. It is celebrated on the Winter Solstice which is the longest night of the year. After this night the nights will start to get shorter and days longer. It is the rebirth of the Sun.

Every 6 months there is a Solstice. On the Summer Solstice the longest day of the year the Waning Sun takes control of the skies and the days get shorter and nights get longer, the cold starts to set in and and vegetation on the earth begins to die. On the Winter Solstice the Waxing Sun takes over and the nights start to get shorter and the days longer, it is a sign that Spring is only a few months away where life will begin a new and the earth will start to blossom and bloom.

On Yule we celebrate the return of the Waxing Sun. In Wicca it is birth of the Sun God who has many names, Cernunnos, The Oak King, Apollo, Sol, Freyr, Horus, Mithras and more. The Goddess gives birth to him on this night, she sacrifices herself to give life to the Lord Of Light to ensure the earths survival.

In ancient tradition Yule was celebrated with a large fire where townsfolk and villagers would dedicate it to the Sun God. They would fill their home with evergreens and an evergreen tree to show that even though the land is barren and dead, life is still flourishing, They would decorate the tree and their home with shiny objects to encourage The Sun God shine.

We use Holly and Mistletoe on Yule as symbols of the fertility of the God and Goddess as they grow in the Winter. The red berries of the Holly represent the blood of the Goddess and the white berries of Mistletoe represent the semen of the God to ensure a healthy Spring and harvest to come.

The Winter Solstice has been celebrated by many ancient cultures one of the most famous being Saturnalia and more modernly Christmas and Hanukkah.

Yule is a celebration of light, and of the Sun and it’s life giving properties upon the earth. It is a time to rejoice and to be thankful for all we have and to gather strength for the new year. It is a time to contemplate on the year that has gone and look to the future.

Tonight build a fire of Oak in honor of the Sun God and speak your wishes into it’s flames for the coming new year. Eat drink and be merry.

Yule Blessings to all.

June 21, 2015 - Longest day of the year.

If you are living in the Northern Hemisphere then fellas, June 21 is going to be the longest day of the year. Whereas if you are in the southern hemisphere, tomorrow is going to fly by, as it would be the shortest day.

The solstice.

Solstice’ (Latin: ‘solstitium’) means 'sun-stopping’. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. 

We experience two solstices on earth, namely the summer and winter solstices. These are days when the sun reaches it’s maximum and minimum, above the horizon respectively. 

So, which solstice are we going to experience on June 21?

Well, it’s both! 

The northern hemisphere will experience a summer solstice, and as a consequence of which the sun will be in the sky the longest amount of time. This is why June 21 is the longest day of the year. 

And the southern hemisphere will experience a winter solstice and since the sun will be in the sky the shortest period of time, it will be the shortest day of the year.

Have a great weekend ! 

PC: Tom Hall, Pearson education