I’ve been seeing some variations on this question popping up all over the interwebs these last few weeks. Alternatively I have also seen “Is it ok to celebrate Yule, Winter Solstice and Christmas?”
What do you think Wise Ones?
Sometimes when we find our way to a magical path, when we find our home in the title of Witch or Pagan, the transition from what we have done and known before to what we are discovering, can bring up questions. It can bring up confusion.
Sometimes even when we have been practicing for a time we can find ourselves wondering “Am I doing this right?”. This might be particularly true if you are practicing alone or only getting information about your craft from one or two sources.
The truth is your path is your own. I celebrate Christmas and Solstice and I find Christmas very magical indeed. Not because I celebrate it from a Christian viewpoint, but because there is so much lore and mystery involved in the Christmas holiday. Santa, flying reindeer, magically appearing gifts, elves....I mean this holiday is loaded with magic.
Plus many of these traditions have their origins in lore that predates Christianity and comes from a variety of different cultures.
I’ll be honest friends, the more I learn about anything, the less I know. Every time I learn something new it opens the door to a whole world I hadn’t yet considered or understood. When we move through the world (and our practices) with a beginners mindset, we find a rich tapestry of wisdom unfolding before us.
I have cast a circle thousands of times, yet I am still learning new ways to do this every time I participate in a new ritual or gather with a new group or take a new class.
When we think we have nothing left to learn our paths become dead ends and we become stagnant in our magic.
So yes, Wise Ones’ you can celebrate Christmas and Yule and Solstice too! Stay open. Learn the origins, learn the lore. Notice what pieces of the holiday(s) stand out to you. Discover why. Dig deeper. Be open. Be present with your experience. The richness of winter has so much to offer!
A Gift for You!
The last couple of years I have offered our community a magical daily calendar for the month of December. This calendar offers you a small practice to do each day, to help cultivate magic in your day to day life. It ties into the season and the lunar cycles and invites you to gift yourself with a little sparkle and reflection each day as we countdown to the end of the calendar year.
You can get your Calendar for this year HERE
I’ll be including posts to correspond with these activities each day in our Facebook group. You can follow along and share your journey by joining the group HERE
Upcoming Winter Solstice Planning Pages and Ritual…
I have been working on an amazing collaboration with my friend Erin LaFaive of Full Circle Herbals. We have crafted some Winter Solstice planning pages for you! These will be available very very soon, so keep your eyes on your inbox as I’ll be sending you the link to get them in the next couple of days.
We will also be co-hosting and co-facilitating a Winter Solstice ritual. Details for this are also coming very soon!
Emily Morrison MA, MFT