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Come, my readers… and join me here in the Crossroads as we celebrate the Winter Solstice. Come pull up a chair and warm yourself by the fire as we prepare to be visited by the various characters who represent the rich and glorious medley that is Midwinter.
 
THE SUN IN THE GREENWOOD
written by

John and Caitlin […]

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Before I continue with my Yule Series, I would like to take a moment to talk about a little book of poetry I am familiar with.

Or to be more precise, I’m familiar with its author.
She’s MoonRose Nightingale, my good friend and neighbor here at the apartment complex. She and her husband FyreDraconis are fellow […]

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“Turning Towards the Morning”
by Gordon Bok

When the deer has bedded down
And the bear has gone to ground
And the northern goose has wandered off
to warmer bay and sound,
It’s so easy in the cold to feel
the darkness of the year
And the heart is growing lonely for the morning

Oh my Joanie […]

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From the Greek and Roman culture of Helios, Sol, and Apollo (see my previous post on these gods), we now move north toward the colder climate of the British isles, to meet a deity who came to personify this time of the year…
the Cailleach.

artwork by Thalia Took
www.thaliatook.com
In Irish and Scottish mythology, the Cailleach […]

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As part of the Yule Series, it becomes necessary to study the importance of the sun and its worship in ancient culture. In doing so, we can thus gain a better understanding of how the worship of the sun created the festivals which eventually played a role in the development of our modern-day celebrations.Sun worship […]

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It is just before sunrise on a cold December day some three thousand years before the coming of Christ. For those crouched at the heart of the mound it must seem as though light has been banished forever. Then, suddenly, a tiny sliver of sunlight strikes the stone slab at the back of the […]

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As we kick off our studies of the Winter Solstice, it seems only appropriate to begin with explaining exactly what IS the Winter Solstice.
The word “solstice” itself comes from the Latin phrase sol stetit or sol sistere, which means “the sun stands still.” Sol is the word for sun, and stetit/sistere is the word […]

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To kick off our studies of the Winter Solstice, I have created this quiz with various questions related to the celebration of the holidays. See how many of the answers you know … No cheating and looking up the answers!

Don’t feel bad if you do not do so well on this quiz… we will be […]

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Now that December has arrived, many of us are thinking about the upcoming holidays, and preparing for the celebrations that mark this time of the year.
Such celebrations prompted a friend to send me an email asking
“I know that you are Pagan, Ocean… but I am curious - do you celebrate the holidays? If so, how […]

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In my recent post “Exploring Paganism - What to Read” I discussed ways to separate the good from the garbage, and select those books worthy of adding to a Pagan-themed library.
However, judging from the comments, my readers saw more in this post than simply how to go about one’s literary pursuits. As Wolf Wind […]

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