Here in the northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is almost upon us, but for our southern hemisphere friends, it is time for the winter solstice. To help you celebrate, we’ve rounded up our best rituals, spells, books, and more!
Winter Solstice Pumpkin Soup:
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with this festive golden soup, warmed with fragrant nutmeg and allspice. This velvety soup is elegant and deceptively simple to prepare.
Winter Solstice Wishing Candle:
There is a tradition of making a wish at the Winter Solstice, of burning pieces of paper with wishes or affirmations written on them. Craft these homemade candles infused with your
Today (December 7), we are celebrating the season with our Llewellyn Employee Yule Party. But it’s not very fair that you’re not invited, is it? So we want you to join us in celebration!
Did we mention giveaways? In addition to having a great time, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Ellen Dugan’s Seasons of Witchery and Hematite Runes from Lo Scarabeo, a perfect way for us to stuff your stocking this holiday season. (Two  lucky prizewinners will be drawn at random at the end of our Winter Solstice Twitter Party Celebration from the participants of that party. We will contact the winners via direct message after the party.)
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I'm pet-sitting over the holidays, which means I am in a house with a lot more tv channels than I'm accustomed to. While flipping through the endless options this weekend I came across a program talking about the origins of varied holiday traditions that abound. While I've pondered the meaning behind some of my own automatic traditions before, this show offered history and reasoning I'd never heard before.
One of my favorite traditions is decorating an evergreen tree and making a holiday wreath for the front door. The historical interpretation I find most connection to is that of hope for spring and a new year, shown by the tree's green life surviving through winter. We also burn
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It’s that time of year again…time for gift shopping! Whether you celebrate Yule, the Winter Solstice, Christmas or Hanukkah with your family and friends, the season has come to be synonymous with the giving of thoughtful gifts, trinkets or tokens of goodwill. This puts some degree of stress on all of us; though giving is joyous, often the expense and energy spent on tracking down “the perfect gift” is not.
I am a book lover, so I happen to think books always make good gifts. There’s no need to worry about whether it fits or is the right color; no need to buy