Yuletude Myths

When it comes to Yule, there aren’t as many seasonal myths as there are for other holidays.  The most frequent one that comes up in my research is the Holly and Oak Kings.  I’ve never been able to pin down this myth’s exact origin, but it is generally believed to be Celtic.  Basic story: There are two brothers who rule at different times of the year. At Midwinter and Midsummer they duke it out and from Midwinter to Midsummer the Oak King rules and the Holly King reigns after the Midsummer battle.  It is a representation for the change in seasons and the switch in duality.  I also want to note that my favorite translation has the Kings as two different aspects of the Stag King. Yule is also strongly associated with the solar deities, so myths about Belenus and Ra definitely apply.  The main themes of the season are change and duality.  Enjoy reflecting on these aspects as the sun shifts from wax to wane.

© Ariadne Woods

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