Dec 24, 2011
As you listen to this Yule is behind us. And, as most of us are also aware, the Christians' Christmas is either upon us or recently past as you hear this episode. And there are many other traditions which have celebrations at the time of the Winter Solstice, all of which center on a birth or a return, or possibly a re-birth.
To Pagans, the sun is beginning its return journey. Many Pagan traditions mark the solstice with a celebration of the birth of a divine child. In the same manner as in England the "Queen's Birthday" is the official celebration which is not the day of her actual birth, Christmas as put at December 25th because someone else was said to have been born then. The divine child may or may not be born of a virgin, but the child does grow up into a special relationship with his divine father. And, as an adult, there is something about his death that is for all of our benefit.
And do you know what? It tells us all something very special about The Divine and our relationship with The Divine. And it's something that not only will answer the objections of those who would mess with us, it also gives us a solid foundation for our spiritual lives! And we can count on it!