What is Yule?

What is Yule?

Yule is the Pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice.

What is the Winter Solstice?

“Solstice” is a Latin word that means “sun-standing-still”. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Why is it significant?

To our ancestors, living in a largely agrarian society, the Winter Solstice marked the beginning of the end of Winter. Winter was a time of cold, of hunger and privation, a time when darkness came early and seemed to last longer and longer every night. The Sun, the source of life, appeared weaker every day. Would a time come, they must have wondered, when it would simply go out like a burnt-out candle?

From this fear came all manner of customs, rituals and ceremonies, from virtually every culture – all devoted to one end: to strengthen and ultimately draw back the Sun, lest the world perish in cold and darkness.