How to celebrate the return of the light

If you know me, you know I love the power of rituals. Intentional rituals nurture connection and wellbeing.

The 21st of December marked the celebration of the winter solstice, known as Yule. It’s one of the oldest winter celebrations in the world. It was the celebration of the shortest day of the year, the return of the Sun, and a festival of rebirth. This year, Yule occurs from December 21, 2021, to January 1, 2022.

Yule marks the point at which the Sun begins to return to us and the days begin to lengthen again. Yule is both a time of reflection and celebration.

This festival has been on the calendar for centuries. In pagan times, the druids would give mistletoe, which commonly grows on oak trees, as a blessing to symbolize life.

The Celts thought the Sun stood still for 12 days during the darkest time of the year, and they would light logs to keep away evil and welcome in good fortune.

As the outside world is at its darkest and the nights at their longest, Yule gives space for our inner realms to expand and come forth. It is a time to bring in new visions and ideas, make resolutions for the year ahead, and dream bold dreams.

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