Solstice, or Not?
An interesting article from Slate on the historical accuracy of Wiccan claims about Yule.
I agree with his conclusions, at least: if we don’t try to falsify history in order to make religious points, pagans have a chance at being a valid and spiritually fulfilling faith. The thing that strikes me as strange about the article, though, is, where is he finding all these Wiccans making these claims? I don’t know a single pagan personally who makes such claims, and every Wiccan I know (which is fewer than I used to know, granted) usually begins any discussion of Wiccan history with “In the 1950s, when Wicca was made up . . . “
Of course, they also understand that being made up doesn’t mean it’s not true.