Dec 20, 2008
Yule is one of my favorite times of the year. So many spiritual paths converge at this time of year, whether they want to or not. Why? Because there is something special at the root of all of the celebrations at this time of year, and it is something special that everyone needs, whether they want to admit it or not. As for me, I admit that what I've found at the root of all of these celebrations is something that I do need.
Now, what could Yule, Christmas, the birth of Mithras, Hannukah, the Winter Solstice and some others have in common? Why do so many of them include the exchange of gifts and feasting in their celebrations? Could it be that there is a gift at the heart of this? Could it be that these celebrations, especially at the root which all of them have in common, have this gift in common?
And what is this gift?
The gift begins with a promise.
Go back to the beginning, when our ancestors were first trying to make sense of the world in which they found themselves. Peer out of your cave at this time of year, and what do you see? What would you be wanting? What would you hope for, and what promise would be the most precious right about now if you were living back then - and knowing only what they knew?
Know what? That gift is still there, still waiting for each of us - including you! And for some of us, it is even more precious today. Claim your gift, and join in the celebration we offer on this wonderful Sabbat!