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December 8th, 2010

Keep Sol in Solstice! @ 07:25 am

ns_kumiho:

What does the Winter Solstice/Yule/Et Cetera mean to you and how do you celebrate it?

 
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From:rio_luna
Date:December 8th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
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I love the Solstice and I get into all the traditions, both sacred and cheesy.

I really honor the Sun at this time, the waning sun of the old year and new baby sun. For my personal observance, i extinguish all lights, sit in the dark for a while, then strike a match and light a new candle. Since my temple room is not heated, it really brings the cold and dark home to me.

For me, Solstice is about nurturing the spark of life within, despite the darkness.
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From:rio_luna
Date:December 8th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Also, I wear Sol Invictus oil everyday during Sagitarrius. after the solstice, i change oils.
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From:zionmystic
Date:December 14th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
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what oil do you change it to in Capricorn?
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From:rio_luna
Date:December 22nd, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
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black forest or scherezade. i have no Caoricorn oil per se, so i go back o regular use oils.
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From:zionmystic
Date:December 14th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
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first of all, kudos on the clever subject line.
second, to answer the question: i am a Christian witch, so both Christmas and the winter solstice are significant to me, and are related. (caveat: this may not be true for all Christian witches, but it is for me.) since Jesus is the Light of the world and the Sun of righteousness/justice, the return of the sun/lengthening days is an appropriate event with which to synch a celebration of the birth of Jesus.
i celebrate Christmas with gifts, family, food, decorations, etc.
for solstice, typically my celebration is more private and personal. varies a bit from year to year. but usually involves lighting some sort of candle.
last yr, was lighting successive candles for eight nights (Hanukkah-style, though also thinking of Jewish winter solstice legend about Adam, intended to explain why Saturnalia was celebrated by Romans) with the last candle on the night of solstice. (not doing that again this yr) also had some dreams related to birth that yr, not too long before solstice(one in which i had given birth, another in which i was a baby with my mom) so i did a thing where i lit a candle in my cauldron to represent birth.
this yr...not sure exactly...will involve candleflame for sure, probably a red one representing the elder tree and its berries, since this yr the full moon of the Elder tree month will fall on solstice, and probably some tea that includes elderberries. also, acknowledgement of the Divine (probably using some of the O Antiphons, specifically O Wisdom and O Sun of Justice) and of seasonal saints (Nicholas, Lucy, etc.) and of the Christ/light/sun connection.