Friday Philosophy…Yule

On the 21st, the Winter Solstice, Yule officially begins. For Pagans, Yule was a celebration of light, in the midst of what is seasonally a “darker” time of year. When Christianity arrived, Yule traditions were appropriated into the story of Jesus and we began to commemorate the birth of Christ. I’d also like to add that Hanukkah is a festival of lights as well, so light is a pretty big deal at this time of year. 🙂

So, some thoughts on where we were and where we are today, through quotes about light.

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” ~ Desmond Tutu

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~ Edith Sitwell

“She turned to the sunlight/And shook her yellow head,/And whispered to her neighbor:”Winter is dead.” ~ A. A. Milne

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” ~ Hal Borland

As George R.R. Martin wrote, “winter is coming!”

Blessings to you all…

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