The Winter Solstice is a time of year when we are approaching the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. There are many pagan holidays that draw on this concept during this time of the year.
The Winter Solstice is on the 21st of December and it is known as the shortest day of the year, or the longest night of the year.
The Winter Solstice has become synonymous with the pagan holiday Yule, one of the oldest celebrations in pagan history. Yule was originally observed by the Germanic people.
The energy of this Solstice is the anticipation of the return and rebirth of the Sun. The coming of the light!
There is another pagan belief associated with this holiday celebration and that is the Oak & Holly Kings. A battle for the favor of the Goddess to rule while the other would retreat to build strength for 6 months.
These Kings were aspects of the Horned God and each represented one half of the year, the light and the dark. The Oak King represents the Sun and Holly King the Dark.
Celebrating the return of the light can be done in many ways. It is all about clearing the old and acknowledging a rebirth of awakening energy.
The most popular form of recognition of this Winter Solstice energy is decorating an altar space. Placing elements of winter and the colors of gold symbolizing the Sun’s return. Yellow and Gold candles adorning the altar.
You can write down things you want to let go of and burn them in the fire that represents the Winter Solstice energy of the light. This is a release to open up the way for what the rebirth of energy has to offer during this next cycle of life.
Giving thanks with words of appreciation for the things to come. Write out an Incantation that speaks to preparing your space and thanking the Sun for it’s return.
Here is an example of an Incantation:
The time has come,
For the Sun to shine,
I release the things,
That are no longer mine,
My space is open,
Ready to receive,
The solstice blessings,
that are meant for me,
I am honored and grateful
for the return of the light
With this magick
I cast here tonight.
So Mote It
Once you have spoken your Incantation light the solstice candle that represents the Sun.