Wrap Up 2018 Using Winter Solstice Folklore
There are so many changes at the end of every year. We see changes from an astrology perspective, numerology, the zodiac, the twelfth month, and we even see weather changes and a big seasonal change. All of these changes are opportunities for growth. And when you can work through these changes with a positive outlook towards that growth, you will experience the most growth.
And what follows growth? Blessings.
This time around, we are going to look at ancient traditions of yore to help you do just that. Ancient traditions are traditions for a reason. They work. As the Winter Solstice arrives with the Sun in Cardinal Earth sign Capricorn, we have an opportunity to change our own seasons as well. So let’s get to it!
What is the Winter Solstice?
The Winter Solstice is the official launch of the change of seasons from Fall to Winter. But more so, the word “sol” means the Sun is standing still. We also have the Sun entering Capricorn on the Winter Solstice. That’s important because every Cardinal sign is known for their initiating and leadership qualities, and that’s because Cardinal signs launch new seasons. Aries launches Spring with the Spring Equinox, Cancer launches Summer with the Summer Solstice, Libra launches Fall with the Fall Equinox, and Capricorn launches Winter with the Winter Solstice.
Where solstice means the Sun is standing still, Equinox means equal times of day and night. So we lose some of this time when a Solstice occurs. In the summer under the Summer Solstice, the days begin getting longer. In the Winter we see less Sun, and darker mornings, shorter daylight hours.
But on the Winter Solstice, that begins to change and we begin to experience two more minutes of daylight a day. It feels like it takes a few months for this to straighten out into longer daylight hours, because it does. Two minutes a day takes a few months to workout into more daylight hours, and that happens until the Spring Equinox.
On the day of the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2018, we will have the shortest day and the longest evening of the year. It will be the darkest hour, in a nutshell.
And this is why Winter is an exciting time of change. It’s time to put some issues to bed for good, as you look forward to more daylight hours to be successful and productive.
This is the exact intention of the folklore of the Winter Solstice. It’s all about a tradition of putting things behind you so that you can work towards brighter days. So let’s have a look at some of these fascinating traditions!
The three most popular are the Feast of Juul, Saturnalia, and the 12 Days of Christmas.
The Feast of Juul
Did you ever wonder what those Yule logs were about that you see around Christmas time? They have a purpose. They are celebrating the feast of Juul, pronounced, Yule.
The Feast of Juul is an ancient Scandinavian tradition where a log is put on the fire to symbolize the return of the Sun in the Winter Solstice. Fire represents light, and the Sun is fire.
The Feast of Juul was a big deal, like many consider Christmas to be NOW. Feasts were made! The main log was brought in and celebrated with the Scandinavian god Thor being the god honoured for the day. Thor’s duties included honouring the Sun and bringing it back to his people.
After the Juul log was burned, its ashes were taken and spread into the areas of the fields and farms that the farmers wanted to see abundance in.
So when a Yule log appears, know that you are honouring the themes of rebirth and light. Wherever you want to spread your ashes, put them in the areas of your life that you want to see growth in the spring.
This could mean actual ashes, if you have a fire pit or fireplace. But even enjoying a yummy Yule log over the holidays, and praying and meditating on where you want to see growth is a good way to make this old tradition new again.
The Feast of Saturnalia
Saturn is the planet that rules the Cardinal sign of the Earth signs, Capricorn. Saturnalia occurs around December 17 and lasts for a full week. It is a feast to celebrate Saturn, the god of harvest and time. It also honours discipline and order.
The theme of Saturnalia is about putting grudges behind you, and working towards forgiveness. If you had a bad crop this year, it’s time to put that behind you. In ancient Roman days, wars would actually be postponed under this sacred time. All government offices and schools would be closed, much like they are during the Christmas holidays. Fabulous joy is to be enjoyed during this period!
It’s not a time to worry about what went wrong. It’s time to forget it.
If you’re wondering about a single most important thing to do this time of year, that is, forget it. Heading into 2019 ready to make war with someone is not the most successful way to launch the year.
Forgive as much as you can, but most importantly, leave it in 2018.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
We’ve said a lot that the number 12 is very important in astrology and in New Age principles. Every religion has the number 12 in it with some significance. 12 tribes of Israel, 12 disciples of Jesus, 12 zodiac animals for Buddha, and the list is literally endless. So the 12 days of Christmas is a significant ritual to enjoy as well when you are wrapping up the year.
In ancient Egyptian times, the rebirth of the Sun was celebrated during the 12 days of Christmas. It is directly tied to the Winter Solstice. A 12-day festival would ensue, and each day would be themed by one of the 12 months of the year. That this happens in the 12th month is no coincidence!
We’ve already talked about the 12th month of the year, and how this is all about wrapping things up, bringing cycles to fulfillment.
We can’t say it enough. Almost every symbol that occurs at this time of year is about celebrating the Sun that is ahead and leaving the darkness behind. The 12 days of Christmas is just one more Winter Solstice ritual that reminds us of that.
Every single thing you do this time of year bears the theme of endings and beginnings. But in this twelfth month of the year, we are saying goodbye to Fall, and hello to Winter, and more Sun in our lives. That means every single day we should be celebrating just a little more Sunlight in our days, and leave a little more darkness behind, every single day. Forgiveness is a process, but it’s a very fulfilling one, and the greatest gift you can give yourself.
What Winter Solstice ritual are you going to enjoy this year? Do you have any of your own?
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