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DOWNLOAD Yule A Celebration of Light and Warmth 107 ´ There's just something magical about the Yuletide season no matter where you live or who you are As bright candlelight mingles with the smells of pine and warm cookies and we perform our yearly rituals of song and family gatherings the spirit of peace and goodwill seems to reach the heaThere's just something magical about the Yuletide season no matter where you live or who you are As bright candlelight mingles with the smells of pine and warm cookies and we perform our yearly rituals of song and family gatherings the spirit of peace and goodwill seems to reach the heart of even the most cynical ScroogeIn the pages of Yule Dorothy Morrison presents a wonderful potpourri of holiday lore from around the world and througho. Unfortunately this book made me feel less than jollyIt uickly became apparent to me that Ms Morrison uses the words Yule and Christmas interchangeably which is absolutely not the same holiday at all While they may have been originated from the same tradition originally they are not the same holiday now When reading Yule trivia I don't expect to read about Rudolph the Red Nosed ReindeerIn the very first paragraph Dorothy takes the reader through a uick lesson in the history of the evolution of the Pagan celebration of the solstice to the modern day Christmas To my personal dislike she is very subjective and admittedly in the first footnote draws her own conclusions based on various sources This can probably be an applied statement of her entire book she continued her generalizations biases and drew her own conclusions Why do I say thisIn the small portion of the book that is not arts and crafts there are some very strong assumptions and large errors First of all the Oak KingHolly King archetypes are mentioned throughout the book as a Celtic gods traditionally celebrated at the solstice This is not factually accurate as there is no record of the OakHolly King in any Celtic mythology nor any other traditions from the culture However Sir James Frazer did make a mention of the King of Summer and King of Winter battling for their rule in The Golden Bough which was expanded upon by the poet Robert Graves in The White Goddess Neither sources can be called historical fact as both authors took some creative freedoms with their blending of ancient mythology and modern fiction Graves gave the name to these archetypes Oak and Holly and it was first introduced to the Craft by Stewart and Janet Farrar in their book Eight Sabbats for Witches which is now a part of A Witches BibleUpon further reading there are much modern and widely known errors that cast a shadow upon this book According to Ms Morrison China is predominantly Pagan pg 24 Even at the time of publishing China was prominently Atheist and the country declared its national religion as Atheist only two years later The next most practiced religion recorded at only 10 14% is Taoism which cannot be called Pagan by even the loosest definition; Taoism can be defined as a philosophical school of thought based on the texts of the Tao Te ChingOnly two pages later there is mention of an unnamed solstice tradition practiced by the Moslems and Hindus of India They celebrate the return of the light by placing oil lamps on their rooftops To ecourage the Sun to shine homes are decoratedThese remind the Sun that He is a valuable part of existence and without His help all of Nature would cease to flourish pg 26 I wish Dorothy had included the name of this celebration since the most predominant celebration of lights in India is Diwali which is absolutely not the same celebration described in the book Diwali is a four day festival of lights in October or November which is a victory celebration of good versus evil The celebration is not of the return of the Sun but of the return of Lord Rama from a 14 year exile and his killing the Demon King of Lanka However the celebration and it's deities change from region to region but it is always a celebration of goodness triumphant over evil Houses and public places are decorated to welcome the return of their deities The lamps placed on the rooftops are not to encourage the sun to shine but as a reminder of the inner light from within our souls This is the biggest celebration in the Hindu world since Dorothy did not mention the name of the extremely Pagan celebration she described it only leads the reader to associate this celebration with the Pagan's Winter Solstice celebration In my research I have not found any Winter Solstice celebrations to match what had been presented in Yule A Celebration of Light WarmthWhat is curious to me is that there is no mention in this chapter of the Shinto legend of Amatesaru the Japanese goddess of the Sun who withdrew into a cave until enticed out with music and dance kagura Japanese honor the goddess on the solstice in a celebration called Tsukinamisai which occurs every June and December The Japanese Shinto celebrate the joy of the ending of the yin period of the sun when it declines in strength and the beginning of its growing power or yang period The sun is of central importance in Japan; The Japanese royal family is said to be decedents of Amatesaru She is said to be the guardian of Japan's people and as the symbol of Japanese cultural unity Her emblem the rising sun still flies on Japan's flagIf Dorothy was trying to impress upon the reader a global celebration of the return of the Sun this would have been an important inclusion to the bookAs it is the inaccuracies in the first four chapters were so glaringly obvious I became very skeptical if the information and legends presented had any truth at allThe fifth chapter did little to show me that there was a command of the subject as it is basically a chapter full of urban legends and superstitions usually with no reference to the location of the origin of the superstition For example Legend has it that animals can speak on Christmas Eve Don't listen for them though the same legend says it's unlucky to hear them pg 31 Which legend does this come from From which country For all I know she could be creating these superstitions herselfThe book is mostly an arts and crafts recipes and party preparation book From page 43 until almost the end of the book it is hard to decipher that it is even a Pagan book at all; unless you include the chants that are included with the various tasks However a concern of mine is that there is only chanting without any act of magick There are no visualization techniues nor mention of any acts of will or intent It is only an act with a chant to companion the motions while in my mind is no different than singing a song or whistling while working While there are many good decorating suggestions found in the book there are uite a few decorations that I actually found myself asking symbolically what does this represent If the witch is intending to use their crafts as an act of magick it should be very clear what each component of the craft represents and its use in the spell And I personally don't feel that Styrofoam polystyrene should be an acceptable material for magickal workingsThe Daily Event Calendar that is included is also of uestion I would have liked to seen some source reference as to why each of those days are significant to the deities mentioned I would like to know why December 4th belongs to Pallas Athena pg 161 And the Halcyon Days mentioned on December 14th pg 168 are not a festival commonly celebrated as implied but a mythological legend originated by Ovid The dates are also not correct as the dates for the solstice and full moon change from year to year but this can be expected from any out of date calendarTo be uite honest this book left me feeling a bit unsettled For those who are not Pagan who are looking at how we celebrate the Winter Solstice or a new Pagan looking for inspiration this is not the material I would recommend at all The Pagan community deserves accurate research valid sources and less ambiguity with the traditions and celebrations presented There needs to be a line drawn between common Christmas celebrations and the celebrations of Yule The two definitions while sharing common roots are absolutely not the same and the two words are not interchangeableAuthors have a responsibility to present valid information to the readers I think authors should be a bit mindful of what they publish we do live in the age of information and facts can be checked instantlyTo Dorothy's credit she obviously has a love of the holiday season and is very enthusiastically sharing her personal traditions in this bookYule A Celebration of Light Warmth gets one star from me purely based on the amount of recipes and possible useful party tips that some readers may find useful

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Ut history along with fun crafts delicious recipe seven a calendar of celebrations for every day in DecemberLearn where the traditions of the season originated for instance did you know that the ringing of bells was meant to drive away the demons who inhabited the darkest days of the year That leaving cookies for Santa mirrors the old tradition of leaving a loaf of bread on the table overnight to bring prosperity in the new year That the. Not the best not the worst I have other books on Yule that I find much better written and informative

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Yule A Celebration of Light and WarmthYule log can be traced back to the ancient GreeksNeed a recipe for wassail or plum pudding Tips for your holiday party Want to make the season special by making your own decorative crafts and gifts That's just a sampling of what's insideBest of all Yule shows that the spirit of the season is universal and however we chose to celebrate and worship we can all join together in the spirit of peace love and harmony at this special time of ye. This book goes over many Yule Christmas festival of lights winter customs and origins The information may or may not be accurate D but it's interesting to glance at the topic Much of the book is devoted to crafts decorations gifts etc which was uite a bit fluff I liked the idea of making bird baths from three sizes of upside down terra cotta pots and a saucer on the top using silicone sealer to connect them Also for my homeschool kids' holiday party the apple roll race sounds entertaining for them pantyhose with an apple in one foot; wrap around waist; use apple to roll ball round non glass ornament across the floor in a race Overall this is not one I'd want in my personal collection but okay for a library check out