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Winter Solstice/Christmas

Winter Solstice (December 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and June 20 in the Southern Hemisphere) is the shortest day of the year and was also celebrated as Midwinter, Yule and later as Christmas.

I cannot help but wonder how the ancient people felt when the days grew shorter, the nights longer. They looked up in the sky, wondering at the sun’s great power to bring life to the earth and related it to a god. Without the scientific knowledge of how the earth rotates around the sun, it must have been frightening to think the sun might never reappear. It’s no wonder they created rituals on the shortest day of the year to bring back the Sun god.

Some of the earlier rituals involved animal, and possibly, human sacrifices. They also celebrated with holly, ivy, pine boughs, lighted trees (candles), warm beer and spiced wine drinks (wassail), roasted pigs, large Yule logs and large bonfires, songs and gifts in the hope that the sun would rise earlier and banish the cold, harsh winter. The traditions are still celebrated all over the world.

Later, Christianity incorporated the birth of Jesus into the celebration, naming him the new Sun god even though according to some historians, Jesus was most likely born in March or April. Here in the United States most people celebrate Christmas using some of the traditions of Winter Solstice.

In my house, we celebrate a combination of Winter Solstice and Christmas. I put up a Christmas tree and my Pagan Santa with his green cloak, staff and antlers. For me, this is a time to spend with family and friends, a time for sharing and a time for reflection. Each December I look forward to the end of winter and the beginning of a new season. Every ending is a beginning.

My latest release is a short, sweet, contemporary/paranormal romance called A Winter Solstice Kiss, which is part of the Winter Kisses anthology from Noble Romance.
Noble Romance Publishing http://www.nobleromance.com

Blurb: When Brianna decides to attend the Winter Solstice masquerade ball, she never thought she would end up kissing a handsome knight beneath the mistletoe, but they part without exchanging names and phone numbers–how will they find each other again?

Excerpt: She followed his gaze to mistletoe hanging from the low ceiling, glimmering with a tempting glow. Her breath caught in her throat. Captivated by his nearness, she imagined those masculine lips touching her. “I . . . .” Her feet froze to the floor. He had the most amazing blue eyes.
“It’s tradition,” he said, dipping his head and pressing a kiss to her trembling lips.
She couldn’t move her mouth at first, allowing his lips to capture her mouth in a thrilling crush. His forceful yet tender kiss awakened something inside her. She forgot who she was or that she was allowing a stranger’s lips to caress her. Her head spinning, she surrendered to him.
His hand cradled the back of her head and she was aware of the slight scratch of stubble tickling her face. The kiss grew more passionate and she almost dropped her cup, the only thing keeping their bodies from touching.
The heat from his skin sent a flush to every part of her body. Her breasts heaved and tingled. Excitement spread through the rest of her body, quickening her pulse. She wanted to stay there in his embrace, feeling a man’s lips giving her so much pleasure again.
“Okay guys, get a room already.” A reveler laughed and ducked into the bathroom.
She stepped away from the stranger, the magical moment broken. Blushing, she avoided eye contact with him.

Happy Yule, Winter Solstice, Midwinter and Christmas!

Kelley Heckart
‘Timeless tales of romance, conflict & magic’
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Magical Healing

Loveyoudivine has a whole line devoted to medical fiction. I can’t claim to be a fan of mainstream medicine, but I’ve written a few tales none the less. My stories are largely about magic, not conventional prescriptions.

Nothing hurts the soul like a lack of love in someone’s life. Isolation, loneliness, loss of self worth and depression so often stem from not feeling loved. Many more physical diseases are caused, or agrivated by stress. Affection, care and love will all ease these in a way that pills can’t. We all need to be loved, and there is no greater magic than soul deep connection between people.

‘Enchanted Waters’ is a heart healing, magical story, involving two women who meet at a sacred spring during critical moments in the lives. Passion and desire play their part in easing wounded souls.

‘Alternative Therapies’ is another f/f tale, this time pitching a conventional doctor against an alternative practitioner, with dramatic results! The culture clash may be fierce, but so is the love that grows from it.

‘Headfuck’ is the tale of soul healer Bee, who encounters a severly damaged man, and can’t get him out of her head. Once again, it is the power of love that brings healing – her magic, determination and courage will save him from despair.

‘Dream Doctor’ explores some of the stranger conditions that exist around sleep dysfunction, and a psychologist brave enough to bring a deeply distubed woman out of a living hell.

My most recent medical tale has a Victorian setting, and is less overtly pagan. When the Doctor Comes is a tale about throwing cauton to the wind, defying convention and choosing love rather than security. It’s a passionate story of a taboo relationship between a doctor and a married woman who is his patient. Fellow pagan and pen blogger NJ Winter did me a gorgeous cover for this one.

All of my healing stories are available from www.loveyoudivine.com