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The Celtic celebration of the winter solstice was called the Alban Arthuan, one of four celebrations that marked the solstice and equinox positions of the sun. Alban Arthuan was a festival of peace and a celebration of waxing solar light. Many honored the forthcoming Sun child by burning an oaken Yule log, and honored the Goddess in her many Mother aspects. The Father God was honored in various forms: as Santa Claus, the Old Sky God, Father Time, and the Holly King.

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Ways to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

The winter solstice typically occurs on the 21st or 22nd of December in the Northern Hemisphere while those in the Southern Hemisphere celebrates on the 21st or 22nd of June. Click through to find traditional celebration ideas, crafts, and decorations you can make to celebrate the winter solstice!


Where all belief system originate from Egyptian, Babylonian, Isrealite, Mongols, Episcopalian, Catholics etc.... Here is a great chart of the Wheel Of The Year, it includes, the 8 Sabbats, The Solstices and Equinox, the Astrological signs, the Native American Astrological signs, the directions, the colours of each seasons, the moon names and the element representing each.


Earth's seasons, equinoxes & solstices Season to Season: Earth's Equinoxes & Solstices that awesome graphic that was here on March 20th, is now in Astronomy, & Science & Nature > Earth Science and > Weather.

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Celebrate Winter with a Waldorf Solstice Spiral

The Waldorf Winter Solstice Spiral is a great way to teach kids about the winter solstice and is a fun homeschool activity for parents and kids!


Solstice and Equinox - Why Stonehenge was built. Did you know the sun draws a figure "8" every year , thats why 8 is an infinity symbol. Or how to calculate the circumference of the earth with just a shadow?

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Sterling Silver Wheel of the Year Pendant w/ Rainbow Moonstone

This detailed necklace depicts symbols and Zodiac signs corresponding with each Sabbat. The pagan Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of eight seasonal festivals consisting of solstices and equinoxes


Sacred Rituals Fire and Water Mantra   As we cross the midway point between theWinter Solstice and the Spring Equinox the Celtic…