Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice and happy Yule! We made it to the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere we celebrate the return of the sun, heat, and light. For Wiccans this is the first sabbat (holiday) of the year. Winter solstice is a time of reflection and thinking about the year ahead. 

A Nordic Yule blessing

Beneath the tree of light and life,

a blessing at this season of Jul!
To all that sit at my hearth,
today we are brothers, we are family,
and I drink to your health!

Today we do not fight,

We bear no one ill will.
Today is a day to offer hospitality
to all that cross my threshold
in the name of the season.

House of the Winter Solstice

"Tomte's Cottage" or troll cottage, Swedish Institute

Trolls play an important part in Swedish and Norwegian folklore. Read more at

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