Yule, Christmas, Winter Solstice… however you choose to, I hope you’re celebrating!
Here’s a bit of history:
Celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years, this start of the solar year is a celebration of Light and the rebirth of the Sun. In old Europe, it was known as Yule, from the Norse, Jul, meaning wheel.
Emperor Aurelian established December 25 as the birthday of the “Invincible Sun” in the third century as part of the Roman Winter Solstice celebrations.
Shortly thereafter, in 273, the Christian church selected this day to represent the birthday of Jesus, and by 336, this Roman solar feast day was Christianized. January 6, celebrated as Epiphany in Christendom and linked with the visit of the Magi, was originally an Egyptian date for the Winter Solstice. (Source: Celebrating Winter Solstice)
Sol Invictus. Invincible Sun.
Isn’t that brilliant?
For us in the Northern hemisphere, winter’s inward movement is tempered by the light. A time to look within, return to our core, collect our energies and align with the greater source of life and wisdom, forever shining bright.
And so, in between meditation retreats and time with loved ones, I’m writing to remind you to take some time off, fill up your inner reserves, feed the fire in your heart. If you can, spend time in nature, relaxing your mind, opening to the silent awareness where seeds of healing, beauty, inspired action begin to germinate.
Wishing you a light-filled holiday season and New Year!
Very much look forward to seeing you again in 2016: I have a feeling it’s going to be a fantastic year, a time when we will see our impassioned dreams and committed efforts come to fruition.
P.S. If you haven’t already, check out my Christmas tale featuring Jack Dee and tips for a smoother and more connected Christmas.
P.P.S. I am taking time off over Christmas and the start of the New Year. My coaching schedule for January and February is nearly full; if you’d like to commence a programme during this time, please contact me asap to register.