Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth
In the pages of Yule, Dorothy Morrison presents a ...more
It quickly 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 Reindeer.
In the very first paragraph, Dorothy takes the reader through a quick lesson in the history of the evol ...more
Except the problem was, I was looking for a book to guide me & serve as a backbone/inspiration for celebrating my first Yule... and this wasn't it.
The only section I really felt I learned anything from was a few pages about cleaning rituals and small incantations/blessi
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" ...more
As a librarian, it is a huge offense to publish a "nonfiction" book with no regard for backing up your resources. When I went to find additional information about several of the items in this book, I found NO other references to them anywhere. Considering I have some idea of how ...more
All in all, I give it a three star rating.
I wanted a simple book to share with my kids so that they could easily explain to their friends what holiday we (Wiccans) celebrate in December. However, I’ve never been able to finish the book because every time I start, I get stuck on some factual inaccuracy. Last year I found the chapters on all the Yule symbols that been appropriated by Christianity and their origins fascinating... until I looked them up. Freya, Odin, and at least one other Norse god(des ...more
From nearly the first sentence I could tell this was a pile of misinformation. The author seems enamored of Christmas and tries to use it interchangeably with pagan Solstice and Yule briefs and practices and I was frankly disgusted by that. She also got many of the origin stories either mostly wrong or entirely wrong. Mainly when it involved Norse deities ...more
In her glossary she has an "African" Christmas greeting. Uhm. Africa is made up of 50some countries, 2000 languages and I don't know how many cultures. It doesn't have ONE Christmas greeting.
On page 5 she writes, "Not long after the Persians caught on and began to ...[celebrate a winter festival]." And ends that paragraph with "By the end of the festival, order ...more
Caveat: This review is historical/archival in nature. 'Date read' is speculative.
This book is one of many books I have read about the occult/paganism/witchcraft. This was the readily available faith in my household as a child. Additionally, I worked for a company in this field, 2015-2016, and had to read an ocean of this stuff to do my job. ...more
A native Texan, I now live in Virginia with my husband, Mark. I'm a Third Degree Wiccan High Pri ...more