Pagan Season - Yule, Winter Solstice
Yule, 21st December Winter Solstice
At the Winter Solstice we reach the depth of that darkness with the longest night of the year. Darkness has reached its peak.
At Yule a wonderful thing happens; the Sun stops its decline and for a few days it rises in about the same place. The Sun stands still, and everyone waits for the turning.
The Holly King rules over the dark part of the year from Midsummer to Yule, he is God of the Waning Year. At Yule he surrenders his life to the young light Oak King, God of the Waxing Year and his twin, who rules over the light part of the year from Yule to Midsummer. Both rule for half of the year, both fight for the favour and love of the Goddess and both surrender their life force for the well-being of the land. In truth, they are one.