Solstice is the longest night of the year, after which
the daylight hours begin to grow longer. This time is known
as the birth of light. The Anglo-Saxon word for this time
is Yule. Yule in ancient Celtic terms
means wheel. This was celebrated as the day
that the chief Druid cut the sacred mistletoe from the Oak.
Huge bonfires were lit with Yule logs to welcome the return
of the Sun. Yule is a time to leave old regrets behind as
the light makes its way back to the Earth and back to you,
as well. The old year has completed its cycle, just as some
of our habits have completed their cycles. This is a time
to shed what no longer is useful in our lives.
ritual will include a guided meditation to a cozy winter
cottage to reflect on the end of the year and what you would
like to release and transform, as well as a candle-lighting
ceremony to welcome the return of the sun and the igniting
of your own inner fire and strength.