Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Solstice/Yule

Winter Solstice/Yule

Merry Meet :))))) For many around the world, tonight is the night we will celebrate the Winter Solstice together. Tonight is the day with the least amount of sunlight, and the first day of winter. However, today also marks the return of our sun god and the hours of sunlight will continue to increase after tonight. Tonight is a night of birth and renewal.

If you wish to do something in your community I encourage you to check the local papers. This is the one holiday that we celebrate that you are quite likely to find celebrations for in your area. A couple years ago I found that our town does an annual bonfire on the Winter Solstice. We have hot coco and carols. My children love it. This year there is a puppet parade for us to see. They typically have some sort of show to share the spirit of the season. In looking at the surrounding areas this year I was surprised how many more events I saw. There were a lot of bonfires, but I noticed several late night nature walks as well. It's a great way to possibly meet others who share the same interests as you. :)))

Other ideas to celebrate Yule include making your yule log. You could go out on a walk and collect evergreen branches to make into wreaths for your home. Bake some goodies like cookies or stews and make your house smell amazing. Grab a book and curl up in the corner to spend some relaxing time. It's a time for celebrating the season and the returning of the sun. I have posted some suggestions below of things to work into your day.

Have a Blessed Yule!

Love and Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

Symbolism of Yule:
Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.

Symbols of Yule:
Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.

Herbs of Yule:
Bayberry, blessed thistle, evergreen, frankincense holly, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar.

Foods of Yule:
Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail, or lamb’s wool (ale, sugar, nutmeg, roasted apples).

Incense of Yule:
Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon.

Colors of Yule:
Red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange.

Stones of Yule:

Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds.

Activities of Yule:
Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kriss Kringle the Germanic Pagan God of Yule.

Spellworkings of Yule:
Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.

Deities of Yule:
Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon.

Yule Oil
You need:
•1 part pine oil
•1 part fir oil
•5 part almond oil
•1 cinnamon stick
•1 drop musk oil
•4 cloves
Mix in bottle. Anoint on altar and candles.

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