Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Many of you will have lit your candles upon your Jul-tower or Julleuchter this year.

The symbols on the side of the Julleuchter are taken from Germanic-Frisian history. The Hagal rune symbol is known as the Jol-wheel, which is a six spoked wheel, compared to the traditional eight spoked wheel  in other parts of the Germanic world. This symbolises the Yule, or wheel. 

The heart symbol above the Jol wheel is a very interesting sign - for it does in fact represent the Frisian folk, and was not originally a heart, but a lily leaf - the seeblatts (or pompeblêden, as they are called in West Frisian). The seeblatt is the symbol of the  European white water lily, which appears on the various Frisian flags. The Julleuchter  and its symbols have become part of the wider Germanic peoples yuletide celebrations - a gift to us from the Frisian folk.

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