Winter Solstice + Lunar Eclipse

The Leafy Hollow

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Normally in Wiccan (and other pagan) symbolism, the Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year- when the sun dies and all is still and silent. At the end of this long night, the sun is “reborn”, as the longest night is over and the days will start to get longer once again.

This part of the turning of the wheel of the year is often seen symbolically as the God (Sun King) dying, and then being reborn from the Goddess (symbolized by the moon). This was all set about at Beltane when the goddess get’s herself pregnant by the God, and now in the dead of winter he is reborn from inside of her. It’s quite an amazing full-circle moment.

The lunar eclipse that is happening simultaneously with the Solstice in 2010 makes me think of the Moon dying, becoming dark and non existent, and then being reborn…

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