In the deep midwinter

YULE 22nd December

At the Winter Solstice, the two gods themes of the year’s cycle coincide. Yule marks the death and rebirth of the sun god it also marks the the vanquishing of the Holly King, God of the Waning YEar, by the Oak King, God of the Waxing Year. The Goddess, who was Death in life at the Midsummer, now shows her life in Death aspect: this is her moment for giving birth to the Child of Promise, the son lover who will re-fertilise her and bring back light and warmth to her Kingdom. The Christmas nativity story is the Christan version of the theme of the Sun’s rebirth, for Christ is the sun god of the Piscean Age. The birthday of Jesus is undated in the Gospels and it was not till AD 273 that the Church took the step of fixing it officially at the Midwinter, bringing it in line with the other Sun gods.

 
 
 
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3 thoughts on “In the deep midwinter

  1. That is really interesting – I wont be able to remember it though 🙂 It makes a nice story though and I love mythology just can never remember the darn names!!! Might be difficult putting this into a nativity play to be enacted by children at school but would certainly make a challenging change to the traditional:)

  2. Interesting! Coming from Singapore, Christmas always seemed very commercialised. Shops start putting up decorations from as early as November. Have a merry Christmas.

  3. WISHING YOU A HAPPY YULE AND NEW YEAR love & light to you and your space, thanks for visiting my space and commenting much appreciated. witchy xxxxxxxx

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