Friday, December 26, 2008

Yuletide Blessings

Yule or the Winter Solstice is one of the eight Sabbats celebrated by Pagans around the world. It tells us the story of the birth of the sun god and the return of Light in the world. Yule means the wheel in reference to the Wheel of the Year. It is also the longest night of the year and the point where the days begin to lengthen again.

This celebration is sacred to all the infant Sun or Son gods like Belanus, Baldur, Apollo, Shamash, Horus and Mithras. It is a sacred celebration dedicated to the Horned God as the Winter King. In the Pagan literature, it is the god-king who is the gift of the Great Goddess to the world, one that will bring light to all.

Pagans and Witches in the Philippines may celebrate this by doing a ritual to welcome the sun god. Though there is no snow in the country, a Solstice is a Solstice and it can be felt and observe by all. The celebration of the Sabbat can also be done even though there are no holly or mistletoe here in the country, the more important thing is we celebrate it with a festive spirit.

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