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Winter Solstice 
09:57am 22/12/2003
  The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, "sun" and -stitium, "a stoppage." Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter.

This Sabbat represents the rebirth of light from darkness, as the Sun will begin its return. Here, on the longest night of the year, the Virgin Goddess gives birth to the Sun God and hope for new light is reborn. In the Lycian Tradition, we call this Sabbat the Winter Solstice (not Yule), and celebrate in ritual by having a funeral dirge for the body of the Old King (a small log), decorating it and passing it through a decorated wreath (the Goddess) to symbolize the birth of the young God.

How do you honor this time of year? Please share your experiences, and feel free to add links to additional information.

A history of the Winter Solstice
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new member intro 
09:42am 02/12/2003
  I’m Seshen, 40-yr-old married mom w/2 daughters. Pagan/witch since early '80s, Wiccan since '88, initiated into Lycian Wicca '93.

My path is Lycian Wicca, a shamanic witchcraft Tradition. We are not of Gardnerian lineage. I follow our expanded version of the Rede: "An it harm none, do as you will. An it cause harm, do as you must." I consider myself a pantheist. My personal matron Goddess is the Old Bone Woman, She Who Sings the Bones to Life. I don't subscribe to the "All God/desses are one God/dess" idea. I maintain that witchcraft is NOT a religion unto itself, and that Wicca is *a* religion of witchcraft, but not *the* religion of witchcraft.

Here's my LiveJournal bio with a summary of my spiritual journey and personal info. It's easier than retyping everything. ;)

Looking forward to new insights and discussion!

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12:26am 30/11/2003
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Merry Meet, this is a private community for people who are in covens and have ideas for covens and the sabbats. I want this to be an active community. each member most post preferably once a week, most each member MUST post at least once every two weeks, and I will comment on every post! ^^ I don't want this to be a community where there is a month or more in between posts, and barely, if any, comments on the posts! ><
Goddess bless,
Lady Gwyneth
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