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Origins of Yule
The great Festival of Yule, beginning at the time of the Winter Solstice and lasting for a full twelve days, summed up the cycle of the Celtic year.
The word Yule, according to the Venerable Bede, came from the Norse word Iul meaning ‘wheel’ and suggested that this was the time when the Great Wheel of Existence had completed its circle.
“In later Celtic folk-belief, Yule had a dual meaning, it symbolised the death of the old year and heralded the birth of the new…
Although the ground was cold, it would soon be warm again and Nature would burst forth at the festival of Imbolc.
The low-point of the period of Yule became the central festival of a number of formal religions, one of which was Christianity.
After Yule, the Great Wheel began to turn again, bringing the festival of Imbolc around once more. Gradually…
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