Advent Calendar 9th December 2012


Advent means 'the coming', and December is a month full of excitement and anticipation for Yule/ winter solstice and Christmas celebrations - enjoy opening our online advent calendar every day until Dec 24th
Green man
The Green man's foliate image is found on many ancient buildings and churches. His history is embedded in the tale of the Green Knight of Arthurian legend. He represents rebirth, fertility and nature and is recognised as the Holly King, or the King of the Waning Year - from Midsummer to Yule.
Feel his presence as you look up through the green leaves towards the returning sun after the winter solstice. He provides a face and form that embodies the power we feel from nature - see his verdant strength all around you in the grass, trees and feel his energy. He symbolises oneness between nature and humanity, and irrepressible life.
At Yule he fights with the Oak King and loses - this symbolizes the return and rebirth of the sun. But he'll be back in the spring to take up the crown of King of the May - the bringer of fertility and energy. Right now he's gone underground for a winter rest!

green man

'Green grow the rushes, O ...Clothed all in green, O'

known as 'The Carol of the Twelve Numbers' this old folk song was very popular in England, Scotland and Wales



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