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Lily Wight

Updated 18/12/2014

     There are four Solar Quarter Days (two equinoxes and two solstices) on The Wheel of The Year calendar.  Yule or The Winter Solstice is celebrated during a twelve day period from December into January.

     Yule commemorates the demise and rebirth of the sun’s powers because The Wheel continues to turn and daylight hours begin to lengthen again beyond The Shortest Day.

     The name “Yule” is thought to derive from the Old Norse ” jólnar”  – a collective term for the gods or “Yule Ones”.   Jólfaðr (Yule Father – interchangeable with All-Father) is one of many names attributed to Odin.  In Old Norse poetry names and terms for Odin are frequently synonymous with celebration and feasting.  Odin The Gift-Giver is undoubtedly the origin of our Santa Claus.

     The Midwinter period between the last harvest (Samhain)…

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana would like to wish each and every one of you a magical Yule and a prosperous New Year!

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**MERRY CHRISTMAS**

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Updated 18/12/2014

     There are four Solar Quarter Days (two equinoxes and two solstices) on The Wheel of The Year calendar.  Yule or The Winter Solstice is celebrated during a twelve day period from December into January.

     Yule commemorates the demise and rebirth of the sun’s powers because The Wheel continues to turn and daylight hours begin to lengthen again beyond The Shortest Day.

     The name “Yule” is thought to derive from the Old Norse ” jólnar”  – a collective term for the gods or “Yule Ones”.   Jólfaðr (Yule Father – interchangeable with All-Father) is one of many names attributed to Odin.  In Old Norse poetry names and terms for Odin are frequently synonymous with celebration and feasting.  Odin The Gift-Giver is undoubtedly the origin of our Santa Claus.

     The Midwinter period between the last harvest (Samhain) and the stirrings of Spring (Imbolc) was a time of hardship for agricultural communities.  A feast of preserved foods and good fellowship whilst celebrating warmth and light would boost morale and inspire hope during a bleak and inhospitable time.

     Homes and halls would be decorated with evergreens to symbolise life’s tenacity in a barren landscape and anticipate the rebirth of Spring.  Spikey holly – with its blood-red berries – represented protection, ivy denoted endurance and mistletoe (for kissing under) symbolised fertility.

     Germanic and Celtic people perceived the mating cycle of their Father and Mother deities in the changing seasons.  At Midwinter the solar god – who passed into The Underworld at Samhain (Halloween) is reincarnated as his own sacred son and “reborn” to the goddess at Yule.

     Yule is also regarded as the season of The Wild Hunt, a supernatural procession of hounds, horses and huntsmen.  Hunt leaders vary, from horned gods to folk heroes, depending on country and culture.  In the United Kingdom hunt leaders include Odin’s equivalent Woden, Gaelic Fairy Folk, Herne The Hunter and King Arthur.

     Hunt leaders, often cursed into service, would manifest in their most violent and dangerous forms to cleanse the realm, both spiritually and physically, by rounding-up stray spirits, changelings, evil folk and wrongdoers.  Early Christian clerics regarded hunt legends as diabolical due to their association with horned gods and hoofed animals.  Controversial Boxing Day Hunts are still enacted throughout the UK today.

     Father Christmas’s supernatural chariot drawn by horned and hoofed reindeer bears association to The Wild Hunt.  Santa is most likely derived from Odin – a giver of gifts to those who are nice – but also, as a Hunt leader, a judge to those who are deemed “naughty”.  In Belgium and The Netherlands Santa Claus is assisted not by Norse Elves but Zwarte Piets; the devilish child-taunting mischief-makers who paint their faces to resemble, you guessed it, the followers of The Hunt.

     However you choose to celebrate remember that Yule is a time to recuperate and re-energise ourselves in preparation for another turn of The Wheel and the coming of a brand new Spring.

 

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     Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana is presenting just one Blog Of The Year Award for 2012.

     Renard Moreau is a gifted and conscientious blogger with a unique ability to speak directly and warmly to his readers.  Renard has wit, wisdom and an ability to see beauty in many things.  His blog is infinitely varied, always entertaining and enlightening by coincidence just when you need it to be.

     Renard is unlikely to be interested in or effected by this award, but his blog is heartily recommended just the same and hopefully that will make him *smile* 😉

     http://renardmoreau.wordpress.com/

     For more information click the article below ~ Blog Of The Year 2012 For Lily Wight.

     Merry Christmas Everyone! xxx

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     Throughout December Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana will be inviting you to open an Advent Calendar of highlights from the blogging year.

     We’ll be looking back through the site’s monthly themes; from Fairy Tales, Books, Victoriana and Puppets to Film, Art, Middle-earth and The Macabre.  New readers will have a chance to catch-up with some posts they may have missed while old friends can join a trip down Memory Lane and add to their comments.

     There will be a countdown of The Arcade’s Top Rated Posts Of The Year – you might be surprised by what’s included – and a Tarot reading from Halloween (the original Celtic New Year).

     There are seven Wonderful Team Member Readership Awards to present and one talented Blogsprite will find a Blog Of The Year Award 2012 in their online stocking on Christmas morning!

     Let the countdown commence!

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     I am thrilled and incredibly grateful to receive the online blogging community’s Blog Of The Year Award 2012.

     There is a pleasing synchronicity to accepting this award on the day I renewed my website and blog’s domain name: so I would like to thank InkAshlings http://inkashlings.wordpress.com/ for presenting me with the award and awakening motivation and inspiration for 2013!

     As a special festive treat I will be presenting a single much-coveted Blog Of The Year Award to one lucky Blogsprite on Christmas Day – Good luck 😉

     Click below to learn more about the Blog Of The Year Award

     http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

     https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear/

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