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TSP's 2018 Winter Solstice Playlist

by Denise, HPS of North Wyldewood Coven

 

The Yuletide has come ‘round once again! Many of our known secular Christmas activities are heavily pagan influenced. So you will see a mix of pagan and traditional Christmas songs on this list.

 

 

Return of the Light

At the Winter Solstice (21st) it is the longest night of the year. Just as at the the summer solstice the Sun is at its highest point (and in very northern lands barely sets at all), at the Winter Solstice the Sun is at its lowest point. It’s dark and cold “...and full of terrors” (a nod to Game Of Thrones). The wind howls. The cold bites. The hearth-fire gives light, warmth, and protection through the long nights. This is when Odin leads the Wild Hunt across the skies. 

 

But this is also the turning point where the sun’s hours will grow until June 21st, and the cycle continues. So though it is dark, the light is “returning”

 

Swedish Julbock - Yule Goat - traditionally associated with Thor

 

Fires, Food, and Festivities

So now we gather around Hearth fires — centers of your home, sing songs; tell family stories of past holidays; and/or, watch classic movies about tales of love and hope; we gather with family and friends to feast merrily, a different gathering than at Thanksgiving. 

 

This type feasting often includes drinking and toasts. It’s possible that our ancient Scandinavian and Germanic ancestors passed this onto us. Drinking a toast to something or someone is similar to the three rounds at a Heathen sumbel (a ritual involving drinking and feasting).

 

There is much more that I could say, but that is more than the focus of my song list for this year. Next time! Enjoy this short list of new and familiar songs.

 

 

The Music

To listen to the Playlist, click HERE!

 

We in the Temple raise a cup of mead to you and yours, and wish you a happy and healthy new year!

God Jul!

Wes thu hael!

-- Denise

 

 

Further information:

Want mead? Buy a bottle or so from my friend Jon Talkington at: http://brimminghornmeadery.com/ 

 

Curious about Heathen (Asatru) rituals and beliefs? Check out my friend Patty’s book: 

A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru 

 


 

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