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The Oak and Holly king concept is not an ancient Celtic tradition. The idea of the two seasonal Kings was created by Robert Graves in his 19th-century book "The White Goddess" and was popularized by the modern pagan and witchcraft movements. However, the idea of a seasonal battle between two opposing forces has appeared in various cultures throughout history. For instance, the ancient Sumerians had a similar myth with the figures of Dumuzi (representing life) and Enkimdu (representing death). 

In the legend of the Oak and Holly King, the two figures battle twice a year - at the summer and winter solstices. The holly king reigns from the summer solstice to the winter solstice, while the oak king takes over from the winter solstice to the summer solstice. During each battle, one king defeats and "kills" the other, symbolizing the changing of seasons. 

The Oak King is associated with strength, fertility and new beginnings, while the Holly King represents darkness, death and endings. Together, they create a balance between light and dark, life and death. As practitioners of Wicca, we can draw inspiration from this legend to honor the cycles of nature and embrace both

The Oak King represents the light half of the year, from the winter solstice to the summer solstice, while the Holly King represents the dark half of the year, from the summer solstice to the winter solstice. These two figures would battle twice a year for control over the seasons. The legend reminds us of the cyclical nature of life and death, growth and decay. It is a reminder that all things must come to an end before they can begin again. We draw strength and wisdom from this natural balance, knowing that every phase has its purpose and importance in the grand scheme of things. 

The legend of the Oak and Holly King has also been adopted by modern pagan and Wiccan practitioners, who honor these two figures during seasonal celebrations such as Yule and Litha. Some even incorporate this concept into their magical workings, using the energy of one king or the other depending on which half of the year they are in.

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