Tonight, we celebrate the winter solstice as the Sun moves into the cardinal sign of Capricorn. In Capricorn, the Sun is industrious and hardworking and we feel motivated to reach our goals.
The Winter Solstice marks the point of the earth tilting farthest away from the Sun, corresponding with the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. From this point onwards our days will get a little longer as we move away from the darkness of the shortest day of the year.
As the Sun moves through the last few signs of the zodiac, we make life changes in preparation for a rebirth at the time of the spring equinox.
The energy of the solar transit in Capricorn helps us to manage our responsibilities and focus on success and achievement. It’s a good time to honour our ancestors and spend time with our Fathers or Father figures. We can also set the intention today to heal ancestral wounds that run down the paternal line.
The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of the Norse festival of Yule (Or Jól) which celebrates the rebirth of the Sun Goddess. Traditionally the festival lasted from the Solstice to around the 12th of January and included a sacrifice to ensure good fortune in the new year. The celebration includes drinking, feasting and story telling around the burning of yule logs which symbolises the sun burning brighter and wards off evil. “å drikke jul” means to “drink Yule” and celebrate our Gods, ancestors, and life.
The Norse God Odin also has the name of Jólfaðr, which means “The Yule Father.” I encourage you to research Yule and the pagan origins of Christmas.
Gifts don’t need
To be extravagant
A little praise is often enough
And something to drink
Has secured many friendships
HÁVAMÁL – verse 52
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