Wheel of the Year

Day 4 of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy

12 days of solstice 2016-6On Day 4 of the Twelve Days of Solstice, we celebrate the strength and beauty of the union of The Holly and The Ivy.

“O the Ivy O, she’s the Queen of Old
and the Holly he is red.
Hang ’em high in the farm,
and us won’t come to no harm
Till the Christmas days be told”

The elements of Holly and Ivy are symbiotic, as the Ivy very often grows within the Holly Bush. Holly and the Ivy together are a powerful team, representing the joining of the masculine fire and protective energy (holly) and feminine intuitive and emotional energies (ivy). Together, this yin and yang of greenery represent balance and good fortune for the next year.

These old tales from our indigenous past have made their way into contemporary culture, religion and even into literature. Holly, for instance, is a significant element in the Arthurian legend of Gawain and the Green Knight (who is clearly based on the Old Gods!). Gawain is challenged at Christmas to behead the Green Knight, who offers to do the same for Gawain in the Summer. When Gawain beheads the knight, the Green Knight springs to life…. reminding us of the circle of life.

Using Holly and Ivy

Use these elements – along with other seasonal items such as rosemary, bay leaves, pine cones, berries and more – to create a Yule wreath to celebrate the integration of the divine masculine and feminine within each of us.

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