Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Planning Guide by Selena Fox

winter solstice 2013Winter Solstice, also known as Yule, Christmas, and Saturnalia, occurs in mid December. It celebrates the birth of the new Solar year and the beginning of Winter. The Goddess manifests as the Great Mother and the God as the Sun Child. The God also appears as Santa Claus and Old Man Winter. Colors are Red, Green, and White. This is a festival of inner renewal.

 

Strengthen bonds with family and friends by visiting and/or exchanging gifts and greetings. Decorate your home with lights, greens, and holiday colors. Bless your home with a Yule wreath on your front door and sprigs of mistletoe inside. If you are part of a group, take up a collection of food and/or clothing at your Yule gathering and give what you collected to a social service agency to distribute to the needy (for example, Circle's Yuletide Charity Food Drive). Place sunflower seeds outside for wild birds to feast upon. Greet the Sun at dawn on Solstice morning by ringing bells. Do magic for a more peaceful planet.

 

CHANTS

SOLSTICE SUN CHANT by Selena Fox (audio)

Solstice Sun, Shining Bright!
Shortest Day & Longest Night.
Solstice Wish of Hope & Cheer:
Peace on Earth, throughout the Year!

YULE PEACE by Selena Fox

Make Peace on Earth, Make Peace Within
At the Sun's Rebirth & 'Round the Wheel Again.

YULETIDE CHEER by Selena Fox

Be of Good Cheer
Now & Through the Year!

MERRY SOLSTICE adapted by Selena Fox (audio)

We wish you a Merry Solstice! We wish you a Merry Solstice!
We wish you a Merry Solstice and a Solar New Year!

SOLSTICE CIRCLE CHANT by Selena Fox

Solstice Wisdom, Solstice Cheer, Solstice Spirit, Welcome Here!

 

OTHER ARTICLES

 

CIRCLE CRAFT STUDY PODCASTS

Winter Solstice Rituals

Winter Solstice Workshops

 

PRESS

Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2011
Winter Solstice: The cold-weather celebration is hot again.

Huffington Post, December 20, 2014
Winter Solstice 2014: Shortest Day of the Year Marked by Pagan Celebrations

International Business Times, December 19, 2014
Winter Solstice 2014: 3 Things to Know about Pagan Yule Celebrations

 

VIDEO

Complete 2014 Winter Solstice Pageant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5Dyg1MF_-U
Mistletoe by Selena Fox at 2010 Winter Solstice Pageant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vqOqYHRuJk

 

AUDIO INTERVIEWS

Celebrating Winter Solstice interview with Selena Fox
Awen's Path Podcast by David P. Smith, December 19, 2010
www.davidduir.com/Podcast/Podcast.html

download free on I-Tunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=400944825

Selena Fox interview on Winter Solstice: Past, Present, Future
December 20, 2010 with Forest Witch (.mp3)

Winter Solstice Ritual (December 21, 2011)
words, meditation, music & more, guided by Selena Fox on Pagan Warrior Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/witchschool/2011/12/21/pagan-warrior-radio-with-selena-fox-pam-kelly

Winter Solstice (December 11, 2007)
Winter Solstice around the world on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders on Wisconsin Public Radio
Graham Harvey & Selena Fox talk with host Lori Skelton
http://www.wpr.org/hereonearth/archive_071211k.cfm

Winter Solstice Sacred Sites (December 15, 2009)
Selena Fox interview on The Sacred Traveler on Blog Talk Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/eric-butler/2009/12/15/the-sacred-traveler--winter-solstice-sacred-sites-w-selena-fox