The Winter Solstice or Midwinter or Yule
Today we celebrate the Winter Solstice.
It marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year.
For pagans this is a day of celebration, for it is the longest night and the days are still cold but it brings the promise of Spring and warmer days and new beginnings.
We Celebrate the return of the Sun, the rebirth of the God, the renewal of the Goddess and the victory of the Oak King over the Holly King. We contemplate our hopes and aspirations for the coming year and consider how our natural gifts and talents can be used for good.Gail Duff – ‘The Wheel of the Wiccan Year’
Midwinter is sort of like the equivalent of Christmas, gift are also given, gifts of love and friendship. In the Southern Hemisphere it’s celebrated in June and in the Northern Hemisphere it’s celebrated in December.
Today is a special day for me.
Today 4 years ago (2017) I gave myself a gift on this Winter Solstice.
The gift of health if you will; I quit smoking.
Having been a smoker for 20 plus years (I started when I was still in school) I’ve tried quitting countless times before, but this time was different, thanks to a health scare, or a potential health scare and a chat with my cardiologist I decided it was time to quit.
I once again used medicine to help me quit, but this time I used it correctly and for the prescribed duration, including a month after I quit.
It worked and today I am able to celebrate 4 years of being a non-smoker!
Sometimes I miss it, but most times I’m very happy to be a non-smoker!
Here’s to the next 4 years!
Happy Yule! and Blessed Winter Solstice!