The History behind Yule

In about a week or so I am going to be making my usual post about the upcoming sabbat but I thought it might be fun if today we actually talk about the history of Yule.

So back in the day, before Christmas even existed, we had Yule and it’s variances (Saturnalia). It was quite festive. Lots of drinking and parties. A lot of the traditions we have today existed then. For example, the yule tree, bonfires, feasts, etc.  However, when Christianity started forming the Christians weren’t too fond of our Yule.

There were certain people within the ranks (if you will) of Christianity who had the job of converting pagans, and the like, to Christianity using whatever forces they deemed necessary. It got to the point that you had to either pick Christianity or death.

One method the Christians used (other than murder) to convert the pagans is they took their yule traditions, made them a little less rowdy and called them Christmas traditions. Not only that, but they took their celebrations and gave them similar backgrounds (Christmas and Yule are both about the birth of god), and made the days relatively close to each other. For example, Yule starts on December 21st (the winter solstice) and they put Christmas on the 25th (even though that isn’t when Jesus was born).

So more and more pagans were either choosing Christianity, dying, or keeping their faith in secret. I feel this is why it is important to honour the pagans of the past during our sabbats because they did not have the freedom of religion we so luckily have today.

Sorry today’s post is a bit short but I hope you enjoyed it and learned something new. What are some of your favourite Yule traditions? If you let me know in the comments maybe I can add them to the Yule sabbat post I make later this month. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications on when I post and upload youtube videos. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Nine of Wands

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When pulled upright this card is about hope. When you see this card it is about your life and just how many troubling times you have overcome due to your determination and will. Despite how much you’ve already been through there are still some trials left but if you keep hope and approach your problems head on you will be successful. This card can also be about betrayal which has caused you to not trust others. Whatever the betrayal was it probably has happened a number of times and it seems hopeless. This however is not true. If you search deeper you will find that hope and courage. Someone or something may come into your life and change your whole viewpoint on your previous struggles.

When pulled in reverse this card is about not being a risk taker. They struggle making long term goals or commitments as they are afraid their decision is irreversible. They don’t trust others so they are putting barriers up between them and others. There is also a potential fear that they don’t have the resources to face the upcoming challenges which you may be considering running away from or just avoiding. Despite your desire to avoid this challenge you need to confront it. This challenge could be stopping you from growing. This card encourages you to be brave, however do not be careless or make impulsive decisions that will effect you in the future. Lastly, this card is about a mental/personal fear that is crucial to get past overcome so it doesn’t consume you or hold you back.

Considering that this card is about having challenges that require hope and not trusting others, I thought that this would be a good spread. When you do this spread meditate on the nine of wands. While you do this think about the challenges in your life that you could use some hope for. When you’re ready shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method.

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Thank you for reading! What’s going on in your life that you could use some hope or support for? Let me know in the comments so I can send some positive energy your way. Also leave any other thoughts or questions in the comments too. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notifications on when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!