Yule (aka Yuletide), is historically the traditional festival celebrating the Winter Solstice, historicaby Germanic peoples and more recently aligned with practices of the pagan Wiccan faith. During this time the nights are longer and the days are shorter than any other time of the year. In Australia it is traditionally celebrated on the 21st and 22nd of June
during mid-winter when the weather is at its coldest.
While the Southern hemisphere celebrates the Winter Solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is experiencing the Summer Solstice. In some parts of the UK, the Winter Solstice (which falls on December 21st in the Southern Hemisphere) is celebrated as a holiday recognising the Sacred Union between the God and Goddess, which translates into all of nature.
Some ancient prophecies symbolise the Winter Solstice as a process of death, which
follows onto the rebirthing of life and new hope for the year to come.
The Hinterland comes alive for Winter Solstice this year with festivals across the hills and valleys. The Crystal Waters eco-village, in Conondale, invites one and all to ‘dance their feet off’ at their annual Winter Solstice celebration on June 21st. The Crystal Waters Contra Band will play the traditional tunes while Ally calls the Contradances to the couples
on the deck. Bonfire, food, and good craic awaits. For something a little bit different, Lift Gallery will hold an afternoon Winter’s Despacho ceremony to clear and recharge the energy field, and call in life’s abundance. Later an Evening Ceremony with a Solstice Fire will assist with ‘aligning with nature, cleansing and releasing that which no longer serves, and making way for the new’.
The Winter Solstice is a great opportunity to celebrate with friends and family the end of
the old, rebirth and renewal.