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Title:
The fires of yule : a Keltelven guide for celebrating the winter solstice
Author:
Whitsel, Montague.
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Publication Information:
[United States] : 1st Books Library, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xxii, 263 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780759655652
Format :
Book

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Central Library GT4995.W55 W5 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

An ecumenical Pagan 'book of days' for celebrating the Winter Solstice, providing symbolism, rituals, day-by-day activities and lore for those who seek a more enriched and transforming experience of the December Holidays.


Excerpts

Excerpts

The spirituality presented in this book is a Pagan paradigm for the celebration of the Winter Solstice Season. The Thirteen Dayes of Yule (13 ? 25 December) arose over time out of all of my spiritual, aesthetic and mystical explorations since starting out on Wisdom?s path more than forty years ago. Along the way I adventured deeply in Wicchan, Celtic and monastic traditions and came to love Winter?s Solstice as my favorite time of the year. The pattern of the Thirteen Dayes came to its present form in the early 1980?s and remains to this day an inspiring, imaginative template for poetic & mystical engagement with the Winter Solstice Season; a familiar touchstone for personal re-awakening and resourcement each year during December. ? All spiritual seasons require doors and paths ? ways in, through and out ? by which we may experience their horizons in earthen time. These doors are tied to the Earth, for we are of the EARTH and we are Earth. We belong here; we are not aliens or mere sojourners on this blue-green ball. Rather, we are animals that have evolved on this planet, and as such we are at-home in Nature. We are manifestations of Earth & Cosmos; this is ? or should be ? a basic rune of any Pagan self-understanding. It is the primary glyph at the core of Keltelven spirituality, magick and mysticism. Celebrating seasonal festivals, we rune out the meaning of our existence, adding to our self-understanding by intentional engagements with Nature. We go in and out through earthen doors. A spiritual season is a lens through which we may gain insight into our humanity. By engaging with Earth & Cosmos at particular tines of the year, our everyday lives are gradually transfigured as we come to a better understanding of ourselves as being of the Earth. Spiritual and mystical engagement with the seasons reminds us that life is more than ?one damn thing after another, ? as the expression goes. Annual festivals help re-awaken the human spirit periodically to the deeper meanings of our existence and ? with hope and devout labour ? empower us to envision how life could be better lived. The ideals embodied in traditions surrounding seasonal festivals such as Yule hint at how we might make our daily existence more genuine and make our humanity most manifest. By celebrating them we hope to become more keenly aware of the deep power and Mystery that is present to us in the ordinary rounds of daily life. By experiencing seasons in symbolic and aesthetic ways, we hope to be inspired to dream-out the implications of earthen ideals and enact them in everyday life. ? Winter?s Solstice is a time of endings and new beginnings. Keltelvens refer to this season ? stationed at the eaves of Winter ? by the Old English word ?Yule, ? treating it as a time for vigiling through the shortening days and lengthening nights; for taking stock of our lives and engaging with self & others in symbolic, narrative and ritual ways that enhance our experience of this potent temporal as well as spiritual transition. It is a time of waiting, yearning, and deep anticipation. It is enacted as an imaginative pilgrimage through which we aspire toward personal resourcement and transformation. ? The Keltelven traditions of Yule constitute a deep and symbolic way of engaging with the natural world as the days grow shorter and then longer once again. The symbols, stories and rituals associated with Yule allow us to find meaning in our mystical response to Nature?s changing face, in light and shadow, at this tide of the year. The calendar is derived from ancient and mediaeval Pagan traditions interpreted through our modern experiences at Winter?s Solstice. YULE is a time to relight personal fires, rekindle spiritual devotion, and re-commit ourselves to the paths that we hope will ultimately lead us into Wisdom?s Henge. ? Excerpted from The Fires of Yule: A Keltelven Guide for Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Montague Whitsel All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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