Solar Festivals

There are rhythms to everything we experience, the day we live through, our work, leisure and pleasure, the things we create, the emotions we own, the meals we prepare.

These rhythms exist to give us insights into ourselves and as a way to share together with others.

The most ancient of all these rhythms are the seasons of the year. Each cycle following on from the last in a prescribed pattern. As night follows day, we know that summer follows spring. Cycles exist in all levels of our lives, but it is through the seasons we sense our own place in the rhythm of the earth and our part in the wider sphere.

We have always found a way to mark these seasonal changes, to come together as people and celebrate the changes that make up the year. These are referred to as solar festivals. By marking them ourselves, we not only connect in a deeper way with the natural world but also with ourselves. We are able to work on our own sense of self at a deeper level, in tune with the natural processes that exist to support us.

I have celebrated these festivals for years and they are a constant source of personal joy, delight, insight and enlightenment.

At the time of each festival I will post here a description of my insights and observations, what it means for us today and any events I am originating to form part of a collective celebration.

Yule Festival.

The Yule festival, also known as the Festival of Rebirth, celebrates the midpoint of winter and the handing over of the season from the Holly King, the holder of the dark, to the Oak King the holder of the light. It marks the time where we complete the strengthening work we have been doing, to prepare ourselves for the coming year and start to set the seed of the ideas and desires we have, that we wish to manifest during the next turn of the wheel of the year.

This time marks a significant moment in time, after our descent into the shortening of the daylight days, we reach the culmination of the dark, as it reaches its peak. Then at Yule, the sun stops its decent and stays steady for three days, rising about the same time each day. This is the spark point. The point where the momentum shifts and changes into a new. The start of the new cycle may begin with the Festival of Peace but the energy changes and the spark of the new emerges at this festival.

I have always seen this as a moment of true depth, where we reach down to reveal the true nature of our desires and to offer those to the fertile ground, as the intent defining what we want to focus on for the coming year. To know this, we have strengthened ourselves, removed those belief systems that no longer serve us and set our grounding into firm land, to hold us as we embody this new energetic shift and embrace the new adventures set before us.