The Flashbacks will alternate years between WitchesOfTheCraft.com and CovenLife.co. This Yule/Litha Season I am using the years 2007 to 2009.
Copyright Amy Willowroot Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2007 Page 131
The longest night of the year marks the return of the Sun and lengthening days, a time of introspection, and celebration of endurance and the powers of hope.
Winter Solstice is a time of gathering with friends, family, and neighbors to share stored abundance of the pervious harvest and make ready for the long winter ahead. This sabbat is an affirmation of hope.
Yule is both a Scandinavian and Germanic festival marking the winter holiday. The decorating of trees, the singing of songs and telling of stories, hot spiced drinks, and sacred pine boughs all have roots in the Pagan Winter Solstice and Yule practices. Deer and their association with the Horned God Cernunnos have also survived in modern celebrations. Ancient Druids harvested mistletoe from Sacred Oaks to hanging in doorways of homes to ensure the blessings of the Sacred Groves and for good luck.
The Yule log is lit, mistletoe is hung, bonfires blaze, feastings, sharing handmade objects all take place on the Winter Solstice to celebrate the passage of the longest night and return of the Sun’s power.