In the old nature religion (in which the divine was often perceived as feminine) it was the female horned reindeer who reigned supreme as the great goddess of the winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.
Today he chariots Rudolph and his steed of flying reindeer across our mythical skies and we have forgotten the power of the Deer Mother, the female horned Reindeer. Stronger and larger than the buck, it is she who leads the herds.
And it is her beloved image that adorns the Christmas cards and Yule decorations we are so familiar with today. Because, unlike the male who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the Deer Mother, who carries the life-giving sun safely through winter’s darkest, longest night in her horns. Across the North, since the Neolithic, from the British…
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May your candles be lit in joy.
May you have the sweetness of life on your lips
May your life be full of light in the dark of winter
May you have friends to share the light with
May you find the evergreen within yourself and be able to share it with others
May you be ready for light to return to the world
May the Tomtes protect you from evil and mistfortune
May the Yule goat Bring you what you need and what would bless you this Yule.
May you look forward to the light’s return as well as blessing the restful and pregnant dark.