Santa Klaus with the 8 reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.
Wotan riding his 8-legged horse Sleipnir. Odins ravens: Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) fly overhead. Wotans wolves: Geri and Freki (ravenous/greedy ones) ride alongside Wotan during the wild hunt.
As with the festival of Samhain, this is a time of year to communicate with the spiritual. The time of the Wild Hunt. This is when we can glimpse Spirits of the Dead… from our dearest family members to great warriors of the past, who visit our world in this season to inform and bless us.
Much of the joy and awe of this European holiday always has been centered around the Sun itself, and its rebirth. Also Known As the Winter Solstice.
Travelling up the Yule tree, we can see round cosmic ornaments, at times even in the shape of a star with rays of light, which represent the stars of the Milky Way, and the sacred souls of the dead. The apples that are among the earliest known ornaments placed by Druids on sacred trees, were important in their own right as repositories of the life force. The red and white of Santas outfit possibly stems from hallucinogenic magic mushrooms which druids, shamans, and heathen Gothi partook in. Shamans in days gone by consumed mind-altering plants and fungi to commune with the spirit world.
The Yule Tree Yggdrasil represents:
- The 9 months of pregnancy
- The electrical neural network of the human brain and computers
- To ascend the Great Chain of Being = Eugenics
- Parallel realities
- The lifeblood of Midgard = lakes, rivers, streams, oceans, seas, and tribal blood ties.