The holy Yule season begins with the Winter Solstice on December 21st, when the darkness finally gives way to the light. The Winter Solstice, also known as Yule, has been recognized and observed by many cultures all over the world for centuries. It is a significant point in the wheel of the year that denotes the simultaneous end and new beginning of a cycle. December 21st is the darkest and the longest night of the year, as the days that follow are indicative of the Sun’s rebirth and return towards our planet Earth! It marks the final days of the waning half of the year and a reminder that light, warmth and growth will once again embrace us as the year moves toward the peak; the Summer Solstice or Litha, the longest day of the year.
This is a time of merry and magic when we celebrate endings and beginnings, rebirth, renewal, transformation and the return of the light. The Winter Solstice or Yule, is celebrated in a myriad of different ways: Yule, Christmas or Hanukkah trees, lights and candles, Yule logs and other special foods, altars and rituals that help us begin anew, and gifts of gratitude and appreciation. A Winter Solstice ritual can be a powerful way to create personal shifts and set intentions for the year ahead.