Monday, December 20, 2010

Yule

Yule is the time of the longest night, for daylight is overcome, and the sun flees earlier from the sky. This is not a time to curse the darkness, but a time simply to accept the long night as a part of the great wheel of life. Take comfort in the knowledge that, though the night is long, the sun will return again on the morrow. When Yule passes, the sun begins to remain longer in the day sky in its journey around the sacred wheel of the seasons.

At this same time of year long ago, our ancestors huddled about their fires and watched the dark Yule sky for the return of the sun. Within their communities, the people extinguished the fires in their homes, so that for a time all dwelt in total darkness. In that darkness, our ancestors reflected on the sacred mystery of darkness and light. Suddenly within the community, a single flame was born to burn away the curtain of darkness. From a soon-roaring bonfire, many torches were lit to be carried back to each person's dark dwelling, that their own flames of light might be reborn. This was done not only to comfort our ancestors, but also to remind the sun to return to Mother Earth, so that all creation might live.

This year a total lunar eclipse coincides eerily with the northern hemisphere's mid-winter solstice...

6 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

Happy Yule, Sherri.

It is kind of ironic that the lunar eclipse coincides with the Yule.

Sherri said...

Yeah, hoping we'll be able to see it...rainy and overcast today.

ciaraknight said...

I didn't know this. Thanks for sharing. Interesting fact.

Sherri said...

I love all things Celtic but I didn't know half of that Yule info until I looked it up.

On the eclipse front...all we were able to see was a slightly pink cloud where the moon should have been. But that was pretty cool cause it glowed a bit in the night sky.

Makayla said...

I never knew the History behind a lunar eclipse. That is very interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

Unfortunately though, on the day of the lunar eclipse it was really cloudy due to the snow we were receiving so we weren't able to see it, which was a bummer!

~Makayla

Sherri said...

Yeah, we couldn't see it either.