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Art Yule Love!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 3, 2011, 2:33 PM
For those among us who follow a Wiccan or other Pagan spiritual path, this time of year means that we're getting ready to celebrate our own festive season, usually marked as Yule and/or the Winter Solstice (which is also my birthday, 21st December!).

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Spirit of Yule by Ironshod Yule by AranzazuFernandez Merry Yule by Rowiel The Goddess of Yule by PinkPigtails Yule Goddess by BigBS4 Yule by Lizett-Ruska The Yule Fae by gryphons-aerie Queen of Yule by WyckedPixieDesigns Winter Solstice by IdaLarsenArt Winter Solstice by OlgaUlanova Winter Solstice by darknatasha Winter Solstice by Jaagaa

The Mother [aspect of the Goddess] assumes her role at Beltane, when she weds the Horned God with whom she has dallied as the Maiden since Oestara. As all-mother, she then reigns with her consort the God-King over the year’s planting, growing, and harvesting. Her impregnation by him at Oestara is brought to fruition at Yule when she delivers the young Horned God who will replace his sacrificed father. After giving birth to the Horned God, the Mother enters a time of retreat and transformation in the underworld as the Crone.

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Yule by UnholyVault Yule by stardustfaery ::yule:: by A-l-a-s-s-e-a The Solstice by rad-ix In the Winter Solstice by greenapplefreak .winter solstice. by poetically-pathetic

Yule is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider.

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Yule log by see-through-silence MLP custom: Yule by BraveAnimal Winter Solstice by ChatNoir13  Yule by LucesilenziosaART Yule Log by minami63 Blessed Yule 2009 by Odins-Girl Yule Wreath by Caladril Yule Witch by kundrys-inner-world Winter Solstice by misticloudz

Yule is a Sabbat that reflects the return of the sun, so add solar symbols to your altar. Gold discs, yellow candles, anything bright and shiny can represent the sun. Some people even get a large pillar candle, inscribe it with solar symbols, and designate it as their sun candle. You can also add evergreen boughs, sprigs of holly, pinecones, a Yule log, and even Santa Claus. Consider antlers or reindeer, along with other symbols of fertility.

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yule altar by kinkyalechan Yule Blessings by Shewolffe Yule Crystal 2 by mysweetrevenge Yule Songs Cover artwork by Wodenswolf Yule Pentacle by Labyrinth-Wunderkind

You can find out more about the Pagan Wheel of the Year here. Even if you don't follow a Pagan path, the rich and vibrant lore can serve as a great source of inspiration.

Brightest blessings, deviant friends!

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For those among us who follow a Wiccan or other Pagan spiritual path,
this time of year means that we're getting ready to celebrate our own
festive season, usually marked as Yule and/or the Winter Solstice.

This journal features beautiful Yule and Winter Solstice-inspired art,
from photographs of serene winter scenes to altars and aspects of
the Goddess. And, of course, some Yule logs. Cause cake is srs bsns!

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Caladril Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww thank you for feature my Yule wreath in your journal!!
I've been away from dA for a long time, and coming back to see this makes me feel really happy :)

Thank you!

RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
You're very welcome :hug:
A-l-a-s-s-e-a Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
thank you so much! these are wonderful!
hope you had a lovely yuletide!
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
It was full of beautiful blessings - I feel very lucky this year :aww:
misticloudz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you very much for including my work, i'm quite honoured. i will actually be getting married on the winter solstice next year, so this was quite a welcome inclusion! it's a wonderful collection of work.
i hope you have a happy birthday too! :)
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
What a lovely time to get married :hug:
AranzazuFernandez Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for featuring my work! :blowkiss:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
You're very welcome :hug:
AlanRalph Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm a Humanist, but I will be celebrating on the 21st :w00t: - partly in recognition of the original reason for celebrating the passing of the shortest day (more sun! :sun:), and partly because it means we can spread out the feasting over more days and avoid getting bloated. :burp: And now I know it will be your birthday too, I'll be sure to raise a glass to your health for the year ahead! :ahoy:
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Ah, the festive bloat! It always amazes me how much better I get at endurance eating at this time of year :hungry:
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