Yule is a big deal for us druids. Why is it a big deal? In marking the longest darkness of the year we mark the turning. The turning from darker days to lighter days. The coming of the yearly rebirth of earth. The time for introspection and spiritual growth. And a time to celebrate the return of the light.
This is a celebration of illumination. We light candles not just to hold back the darkness of this day but to welcome back the light. The birth of the sun. It happens every year. It marks a passage of time. A time to reflect on what we have achieved in the past year and set goals for the coming year. For me it is a time of spiritual introspection and spiritual goal setting.
It is a time to celebrate the illumination of self. The spiritual illumination. We talk of those who are spiritually wise as being illuminated people. This type of illumination is a goal I strive for. I seek to become illuminated from within. In the work of attaining this goal I spend time each day on devotionals and study. I work hard to achieve my goals. Hopefully you do too.
As we work towards becoming an illuminated person our lives change. We become lighter as we see that many occurring issues in our lives are but ripples on the water. We realize they are short lived and will pass as quickly as they appear. This makes us lighter in personality. We become more of a joy to be with. People are instinctively drawn to us. We find our lives fuller. With less attention spent on small daily concerns we are free to contemplate bigger universal concepts. We grow spiritually.
So I take this time of the year to celebrate my ever expanding wisdom and spiritual consciousness. I find it a time to remind myself that the issues that really truly matter are long term. They unfold gradually. And with this celebration of illumination I welcome all that is to come.