Seshen - Wiccan, Pagan, Texan (seshen) wrote in rhiannonkid,
Seshen - Wiccan, Pagan, Texan

Winter Solstice

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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