The Goddess Gift Ezine
The Goddess and the Yule Season
This Issue: Table of Contents
History and Traditions
of Yule Time
The Five Stages of Holiday Grief (Humor)
Getting All Dolled Up
Just six weeks ago I had a plan. I knew exactly what
this newsletter was going to contain ( lots of stuff about Dreaming,
Intuition, and the Goddess and Cultural Diversity).
And I knew just when it was going to be
sent out (early in December). And now here we are a day or
two after Solstice, but hey, who's counting?
And shortly thereafter my life
spun horribly out of control . . . website under sporadic, continual
and sustained attacks by cyber-demons and a series of health crises
(somewhat expected, due to some therapy I've undertaken) but it
still surprised me, leaving
me unable to focus well, visually and mentally.
So . . . this newsletter isn't exactly what I'd expected
it to be. But the plans are still there, just delayed by
"circumstance beyond our control", and will give us some wonderful
things to bring to life in the New Year.
Which reminds me of one of the Five Secrets to
Happiness that David Richo talks about in his wonderful book, The
Five Things We Cannot Change . . . and the Happiness We Find By
The third secret, Richo says, is that: "Things Do
Not Always Go According to Plan. Yet we can find equanimity to
say yes to what is and thanks for what has been. This opens the
archetype of synchronicity and of a divine plan that makes our
destiny larger than we ever imagined."
A perfect blessing, absolutely in tune with . . .
The Winter Solstice and the Yule Season
The Winter Solstice celebrates the magic of birth, death, and rebirth, marking the journey from this year to the next,
and the travel of the spirit from one world to the next. It
is a time of dreaming, magic, and setting one's intention
for the New Year. In numerous cultures the gods and goddesses of light were being born during the Winter Solstice.
The longest night of the year (in the Northern hemisphere,
traditionally on December 21) was followed by the birth of the sun
deities and the start of the solar year. It was celebrated by festivals of light that
honored the rebirth of the
Sun and reflected the lengthening of the daylight hours.
In Northern Europe,
the year's longest night is called "Mother Night" for it was in darkness the goddess Frigga labored to bring the Light to birth once more. The Young Sun, Baldur, who controlled the sun and rain and brings fruitfulness to the fields, was born.
Frigga's blessing is invoked for all birthing women, and a white candle that last burned on the solstice is kept as a charm to provide a safe delivery
to those who labor.
Why do we kiss under the
Christmas? Use the link to find out. (Hint: It has to do with the
and her son Baldur.
Many Christmas traditions,
including the decision to celebrate the holiday in late December, derive from
ancient pagan celebrations. The Yule practice of celebrating
the birth or rebirth of a god of light with the use of fire, both in
candles and the burning of a Yule log, for example, was incorporated
into the Christmas tradition as well.
The Christmas tree has its origins in the practice of bringing a live tree into the home so the wood spirits would have a place to keep warm during the cold winter months.
Cookies, candies, and other treats were hung on the branches for the
spirits to eat. Bells were hung in the limbs to signal that an
appreciative spirit was present. A pentagram, the five-pointed star
that is a symbol of the five elements, was placed atop the tree.
The last night of the year in Scotland is
called Wish Night--a magical time when wishes, and
especially those made for the coming year,
are at their most powerful. The Winter Solstice is also the time
for dreaming and the time for visions. The goddess Rhiannon rides through the dreams of her
people at night, transporting them to the place between the
worlds where they can create their own visions for the
future and helping them to make
their dreams become reality.
Learn more about the folklore and meaning of the Winter Solstice.
Do you remember Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and her five stages of
"anticipatory grief", the predictable stages that people go through when they learn that
they are dying???
Well, if this holiday season has left you feeling
like death warmed over and it seems like a good time to resurrect
your sanity, read on for a good laugh...
THE FIVE STAGES OF HOLIDAY GRIEF
By Lisa Earle McLeod
Where are you in the countdown?
This year it will be different. I'll get the cards in the mail over
Thanksgiving. My husband will help with the decorating. I'll buy all
my gifts online in time
for early shipping, and baking will be fun because the kids are
going to help.
Since when am I responsible for everybody else's Christmas? Half
these people don't even send us a card back, and if my husband
doesn't get off the couch to help put up this tree I'm going to
scream. I can't believe those bloody PTA moms had the nerve to ask
me to send in "three home-baked pies" for the teachers. Don't these
women have anything else to do? I hope
nobody expects me to clean up all this glitter.
This holiday has lost all meaning - I don't know why I even bother.
I bet he doesn't even know what we're getting his mother. What have
I done to make my children so greedy? I've probably put on 10 pounds
already. Nobody in this family even asked me what I want.
If I get the gifts bought by the 22nd, maybe I won't have to pay
overnight shipping. I'll put some Slice 'N Bakes on a pretty dish
and it will look like I was
baking. A personal phone call means more than a card to my real
friends. If I stuff myself into a body-squeezing undergarment maybe
I can still get into
my black dress. I'll drink one glass of mineral water for every
glass of Chardonnay.
I'm a tired, broke, fat woman who did the best she could. Maybe next
year will be different.
Lisa Earle McLeod is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and
the author of "Forget Perfect" and "Finding Grace When You Can't
Even Find Clean
You can pick up some free chapters such as . . . "Finding Grace When Your Job is a Drag (Or Your Spouse is Annoying, or even When You're Surrounded By Idiots)" by going here:
And in closing,
'Tis the Season . . . when people of widely varied religions and belief systems throughout the world celebrate the birth of light with thoughts and dreams of the year to come. We wish you a holiday season that brings the awakening to new dreams and the release of old regrets.
for a Bright and Beautiful New Year,