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Yule (Winter Solstice)


Yule (Winter Solstice)

It’s the holiday season, which is the time of year that we celebrate many Wizard and Witch favorite day. Put the Yule log on the fire, set the feast, and hang the mistletoe. Around December 21st, we gear up to celebrate Yule, also known as the Winter Solstice or Midwinter.

Throughout centuries and across cultures, we have gathered together in the darkest part of the season to hold festivals for light’s return. We’ll explore what Yule celebrates, and how to bring Winter Solstice blessings with magical, practical Yule traditions and ritual ideas.

Yule marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. This is when the sun begins, once again, to rise in the horizon, promising the start of a new seedtime; encouraging us to move forward and trust that spring will come. Yule is a way to celebrate rebirth.

Yule has been linked to the Old Norse word “Jól”. The word may have originally meant “Magic” or “Feast Of Entreaty”. It’s also perhaps the root of the English word “Jolly”.

In our heads we know the light will return. But in the darkness of Winter, can we be sure? Do our hearts believe what our heads tell us? Will the light keep its promises? We all have moments of darkness, when we don’t know how much deeper we will go before the light starts to return. The world has moments too, it understands us, and lives as we do.

Yule Traditions and Customs:

  • Bonfires to light up the night.
  • Crops and trees were cider poured on and around plants.
  • Evergreen boughs, holly, and ivy decorated the home representing life, holly by the door invited good fortune into the home.
  • Hanging mistletoe, considered a sacred and mystical plant by the Druids.
  • The Yule log was burned through the night.

Symbols of Yule

  • Herbs and Flowers: Bayberry, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, sage, evergreen, ivy, holly, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, yellow cedar, pine cones, frankincense, myrrh, wintergreen, apple leaf, and dried apple.
  • Incense: Bayberry, pine, spruce, cedar, and cinnamon.
  • Colors: Red, green, white, gold, and silver.
  • Decorations: Holly, mistletoe, ivy, pine, pine cones, Yule Log, evergreen wreaths, and evergreen garlands.
  • Foods: Pork, poultry, apples, cookies, cakes, nuts, wine, cider, and mulled cider.

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