Tag Archives: Winter Solstice

Poetry: The Shortest Night

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Holiday Traditions: Yuletide Prayers

PRAYER TO THE WINTER GODDESS O! Mighty goddess, in silvery ice, watching over us as we sleep, a layer of shining white, covering the earth each night, frost on the world and in the soul, we thank you for visiting … Continue reading

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Poetry: Ursa Major

Ursa Major The Great Bear Winter incarnate The link To darkness and light Ursa Major Deep in the season of miracles The Great Bear Wheels overhead In the frigid winter darkness We rejoice in light As the frozen grounds Sleep … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

What is the Winter Solstice? The word “solstice” is derived from two Latin words: sol (“sun) and sistere (“to stand still”). So, basically, the solstice is the time when the sun stands still. Speaking in astronomical terms, solstice is the … Continue reading

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Holiday Lore: What Is Yule?

Yule is the name of a winter festival that occurred in December and January on the German lunar calendar. In the fourth century, the church decided to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ at that time with a … Continue reading

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Christmas Spirit, Where Art Thou?

 It doesn’t feel like Christmas. In truth it hasn’t felt like a joyful season for several years. The holidays are often marred by tragedies, loneliness and all encompassing grief. You long for days gone by. The moments you shared with … Continue reading

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