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Yule Countdown: Deities of the Winter Solstice

By December 5, 2013

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Many deities represent the solstice.
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For our northern hemisphere readers, we're taking a look at different ways of observing the winter solstice. While it may be mostly Pagans who celebrate the Yule holiday these days, nearly all cultures and faiths have some sort of winter solstice celebration or festival. Because of the theme of endless birth, life, death, and rebirth, the time of the solstice is often associated with deity and other legendary figures. No matter which path you follow, chances are good that one of your gods or goddesses has a winter solstice connection: Deities of the Winter Solstice

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December 8, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(1) Susan says:

Does anyone know if a birthday that is on the 21st of Dec. might be a little, um, magical?

December 21, 2009 at 10:23 am
(2) Matt says:

All birthdays are magical, Susan. A birthday on a solstice might be considered a little more magical than most, certainly. :) On the other hand, there are others that might be even more potent – consider a child conceived – not born – on Beltane for example.

December 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm
(3) Clare says:

Interesting you should say that Matt; my daughter was conceived on Beltane, ( I know because that was the only time in a very busy and stressful time that we “did the deed” so to say). She was due to be born on February 5th and I was hoping she’d be a bit early and come on Imbolc Feb 1st, she did come early Jan 30th, just 2 days before Imbolc. It was almost Pagan perfection; to be conceived and born on pagan fertility Sabbats.

December 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm
(4) Scott Hill says:

That’s great! Because of scheduling issues, we know our son had to have been conceived on Samhain. He was born just a few days after Lughnassadh (on the 7th, when some groups sometimes celebrate it).

December 5, 2013 at 8:45 am
(5) Owl says:

To Clare — children conceived on Beltane have long been considered to be a child of the Lord and Lady and were referred to as Merry Begots. Glad you were blessed with a wonderful daughter and may she thrive and be healthy and happy.

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