The Stars & Smudge Sticks: How To Raise Your Sign’s Christmas Spirits

Let your sun sign shine this winter solstice with the help of some time-honored tips and rituals

In pre-Christian times, the solstice marked the longest period of winter, with Yule festivities lasting for 12 days or more. During this time hearth fires were kept roaring, the halls decked out in evergreen garlands and holly sprigs, and all manner of feasting and socializing shared by loved ones and the wider community. Color and cheer defied the cold and dark of the outside world, and sacred rituals were carried out in thanks and reverence to protective spirits and deities.

While the modern identity of Christmas may have adopted a somewhat different visage over the years, its ancient origins can still be glimpsed everywhere, and can absolutely be incorporated into your own holiday traditions.

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