Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Solstice!



Sol Stetit, Latin, meaning "Sun Stands Still"
The longest night of the year, The Shortest day of the year,
The Winter Solstice...............


"Hweol", Saxon word for "Wheel", or "Yule",
referring to the Wheel of the Year, 



The "Yule" has its roots from the ancient Roman observance of Saturnalia,
December 17 to December 25, 
The 25th being the celebration day of Mithras. 
Sol Invictus, "invincible Sun"


There are many names and celebrations for the Winter Solstice, 
such as,
Yule, Midwinter, Modranacht, and "Mother Night"


Many names for the Solar Deity,
Apollo, Greek, 
Belenus, Celtic, 
LLaw LLaw Gyffes, British,
Lugh Lamh-fada, Gaelic,
 Mithras, Roman, 
Osiris, Egyptian, and, Ra also Egyptian, 






The Celtic Cailleach, 


The Maiden, Mother, Crone, 






The battle between the Oak King and the Holly King,
At the Solstice or Yule, the Oak King conquers the Holly King, 
Once the Summer Solstice arrives the Holly King returns and battles the Oak King,
defeating him, In some beliefs the date are shifted and the battle takes place
at the Equinoxes. Making the Oak King strongest during Midsummer, or Litha
and the Holly King strong at Yule.








Yule Cheese Ball:

1 package of cream cheese, room temperature
1 package of chipped beef, chopped
chopped red onion to taste,
chopped green pepper to taste, 
sprinkle in about half a package of  dry ranch dressing mix,

Mix all together, roll into 1 cup of chopped pecans and form into a ball,
chill 1 hour or longer before serving on a platter with your favorite 
chips or crackers!


Spell:

Wheel of Yule turn this way,
To make new life and wishes stay,
Bring harmony, balance, peace to all
On this Pagan Day!



Blessings to you for a Magickal Year!






















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