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.
YULE 22nd December