A Beginner's Guide to Celebrating the Traditional Pagan Festivals of the Seasons
Yule is the Winter Solstice. The Goddess is Crone while the God, still in the guise of Holly King relinquishes power to the re-born Oak King. The returned Oak King will guide us through the cold winter days while he slowly lengthens the days and prepares the land for Spring. This turning point of the year has been celebrated for many, many centuries. For the Norse and Saxon Pagans it marked the beginning of the New Year. The ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia celebrated the Winter Solstice. Their celebrations lasted for seven days during which time homes were decorated with winter greenery and there was dancing and feasting and gift-giving to honour the Oak King as the re-born sun. Sound familiar?
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