Tuesday, 22 December 2015

12 Days of Yule Day 3 - Honouring Mani and Darkness

The third day of Yule is dedicated to Mani, the Norse god of the moon, and to darkness. In most traditions the moon is associated with the feminine and is often personified as a woman. In the Norse tradition, the moon is represented as a man, the god Mani. This is where we get the phrase "the man in the Moon" from, passed down from Norse
and Germanic mythology.
Mani is the brother of Sol (the sun). Both guide the heavenly bodies through the sky in a chariot which are chased by wolves. When an eclipse happens it is a wolf devouring the sun or moon. Mani also controls the waxing and waning of the moon.

The moon is honoured at this time as it is one of the darkest nights of the year. The moon lights the way in darkness for hunters and those travelling at night. It controls the ebb and flow of the tides. It is essential to survival especially in ancient times.
The moon also represents our emotions and subconscious. It encourages to cultivate courage in times of darkness and to honour the cycles of our lives. Sometimes it is best to go with the flow and work with the changes in our lives rather than fight the tides so to speak.
On this night light a candle to the moon and maybe go outside and look up at him on this dark night.

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