This is the time of year when the God who died at Samhain is given birthed by the Virgin or Maiden Goddess in her transition to Mother Goddess. The return of the sun from the longest night of the year signals that the earth will wax stronger for the next six months. The word virgin, which was mistranslated and misinterpreted by the early church, originally was meant to identify a woman who was not bound by any secular law, had no husband and was free to be with whomever she chose in any manner she chose. In modern times we would refer to this kind of woman as a bachelorette. She didn’t need anyone or anything to make her complete.
Colors: Red, green and white
Customs: Evergreens, wreaths, lights, gift giving, feasting, singing, resolutions
Ritual Focus: Personal renewal, peace, honoring family and friends
This season on the wheel of the year is symbolized by the wreath. There is archeological evidence that this symbol was used at least 4,000 years ago. The circle of the wreath, as with the wheel of the year, the cycle of the seasons and the cycle of birth, death and rebirth have no beginning of days nor end of years but is instead perfectly complete, infinite and eternal.
Storytelling was a way to celebrate and entertain at this time of the year when young and old would gather themselves together indoors to stay warm. A common way of observing this tradition is found in the sharing of Christmas stories. If you prefer, another way to celebrate this sabbath is through guided mediations, especially those which focus on hearth and home.