Come join us as we turn the wheel of the year to Yule.
Beneath your Christmas trees, egg nog, and fat jolly guys in red suits lie the roots of one of the year’s more important Pagan festivals.
Winter Solstice, The Long Night, or Yule (from the Norse Jul, which means “wheel”) is the time when many witches and Pagans gather with family and friends to eat good food, drink wassail, and say goodbye and hello to the sun as it hits its low point in the sky and starts its journey back.
The phenomenon of waning sunlight is central to the Yule holiday. Each day, as the sun rises on the eastern horizon, it moves a couple degrees north or south. The closer to summer solstice, the further north the sun will rise and set; the closer to winter solstice, the further south. Interestingly, at the solstices, the sun will rise and set at the same degree three days in a row.
A lot can happen in three days. For Pagans, this was the annual “reset button” for the sun, whose power was seen to wax and wane throughout the year. At winter solstice, the sun was thought to “die,” only to be “resurrected” three days later.
In this class and celebration we will learn the Mythology of the season, the Yule altar, the roots of gift giving and the importance of feasting at this time. As well, we will finish with the grand celebration and ritual of Yule as we welcome back the light of the Sun.
This class and celebration will be held on Saturday December 23 from 5:00 to 7pm at Crone’s Hollow, 3834 Main St, South Salt Lake, UT 84115. $10 suggested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
This is a pot luck event, bring your own drinks, **no alcohol please**. Paper plates and plastic utensils are supplied.
We hope to see you there.
Gothi Kelly Richan
Gythia Bernadene Whitten