December 21st, 2008 by sabrina
Blessed Yule, everyone! To those who don’t know, Yule is the Pagan celebration associated with the Winter Solstice, when the sun (usually seen as the God) is reborn to the world. Here’s a feminist twist to the story, from a pantheon where the sun is a Goddess.
Saules Meita is the Latvian Goddess of the sun’s renewal, daughter of the sun Goddess Saule. Dressed in fine silk clothes, Saules Meita wears a golden ring and a garland of leaves. At the winter solstice, it is said that Saule is tired out from her year’s worth of travels across the sky every day, and she steps down from her position in favor of her daughter. Saules Meita takes up her mother’s place in the sky and the sun is reborn. Saules Meita’s name means “daughter of the sun” and the Lithuanian version is Saules Dukryte.
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