Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: 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. - from “A Somerset Carol” Celebrating with Holly and Ivy In the last few days, my posts explored the greens of… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy

Wheel of the Year

Twelve Days of Solstice: Holly and the Divine Masculine

On Solstice (and likely Christmas too), my English ancestors celebrated the Old Gods, such as the Holly King and Oak King. Holly is associated with Divine Masculine (and Ivy represented the Divine Feminine). And many Solstice traditions celebrate the rebirth of a male deity, symbolized by the Sun / “Son”.  These tales from our long-ago… Continue reading Twelve Days of Solstice: Holly and the Divine Masculine

Wheel of the Year

12 Days of Solstice: Holly and the Divine Masculine

Yesterday we explored Ivy, the Solstice green associated with the Divine Feminine. And today, Holly, for the Divine Masculine. Together they represent our Divine Whole Self. 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… Continue reading 12 Days of Solstice: Holly and the Divine Masculine

Wheel of the Year

Day 4 of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy

On 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… Continue reading Day 4 of Solstice: The Holly and The Ivy

Rituals and Ceremonies, Wheel of the Year

Celebrating the 2nd Day of Solstice with Holly

When I think of Solstice, Yule or Christmas I think of Holly! On Day 2 of The 12 Days of Solstice, we celebrate this beautiful vibrant plant. "And the first tree in the greenwood was the Holly" - from a Cornish carol Holly, Ivy, and Mistletoe are all traditional Yule (and Christmas) decorative elements, but… Continue reading Celebrating the 2nd Day of Solstice with Holly