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YULE 

Circa Dec 21st –Sabbat–Seasonal Festival

The Winter Solstice –First Day of Winter

-longest night of the year

 

 

                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yule is the remnant of earlier rituals celebrated to hurry the end of winter and the bounty of spring, when food was again readily available. To contemporary Wiccans it is a reminder that the ultimate product of death is rebirth, a comforting thought in these days of unrest.

 

More About Yule

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Yule is a time of great darkness and is the shortest day of the year.  Earlier peoples noticed such phenomena, the forces of nature to lengthen the days and shorten the nights. Wiccans sometimes celebrate Yule just before the dawn, then watch sun rise as a fitting finale to their efforts.  Since the God is also the sun, this marks the        point of the year when the Sun is reborn as well. Thus the Wicca light fires or candles to welcome the Sun’s returning light. The Godess slumbering through the winter of her labor, rests after her delivery.

Yule is the time we celebrate the return of the waxing sun. Light and life can be seen to be returning and conquering death. Yule is a turning point, a point of change, where the tides of the year turn and begin to flow in the opposite direction. It is the darkest time of the year, the time of the longest night, but there is the promise of the return to light.

We encourage the sun to rise and grow in power, and we remember the season of plenty. Magickally we bring back the season of plenty, and we feast on rich food and drinks. The fir tree represents life amidst death, it is evergreen, representing everlasting life, and lasting friendship.  Holly and mistletoe bare berries at this time, symbolizing fertility. Mistletoe berries are white, representing the semen of the Horned God, the Holly berries are blood red, symbolizing both the menstrual blood of the Goddess and the sacrifice of the God.

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Evergreen trees also represent youth and freshness, and are symbols of the promise of spring. A Yule custom still practiced at Christmas is to decorate an evergreen tree, and make offerings.

We honor the spirit of the tree, and what it represent. (if possible honor a living tree outdoors). The tree may be decorated with appropriate offerings, fruit decorated pine cones, jewelry, symbols of the sun, symbols of fertility, birds animals, etc…

At Yule we say goodbye to the dying sun, and wait through the long cold night for the Sun’s rebirth. The night belongs to the Goddess, and is a night of waiting through her pregnancy, for the Child of Promise.

In the morning we greet the new Sun and celebrate the waxing year. The rising Sun brings the promise of the spring and the gifts that it will bring. It is still a long time before the sun will be strong, but we hope and we trust. The Sun is now the Child of Promise, the young hero God. It is a time of making wishes and hopes for the coming year, and of setting resolutions. From the darkness comes light.

Yule Correspondence:

-Meaning/Themes: Rebirth of Sun God, Honor of the Triple Goddess, Return of Sun and Waxing Year, New Year (non-Celtic),  Beginnings & Endings, Hibernation, Rebirth, Sacrifice, Compassion, Feasting, Celebration

-Symbols of Yule: Evergreen Trees, Yule Tree, Yule Log, Holly, Eight-Spoked Wheel, Wreaths, Spinning Wheels,

                              Greenery, Lights

-Activities for Yule: Decorate Yule Tree, Decorating the Home, Gift Giving, Gifts in Memory of Deceased,   

                                  Storytelling, Baking, Bonfires, Caroling, Meditating

-Colors of Yule: Red, Green, White, Gold, Silver, Black

-Crystals/Stones of Yule: Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Orange Calcite, Ametrine, 

                                           Chrysocolla, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Emerald

-Herbs/Plants & Ritual Oils of Yule: Holly, Mistletoe, Ivy, Cinnamon, Nutmeg,

                     Cedar, Pine, Evergreens, Wintergreen, Ginger, Poinsettia,

                    Peppermint, Frankincense, Myrrh, Rosemary, Bougainvillaea, 

                   Tropical Flowers,Valerian, 

-Taboos of Yule: Extinguishing Fire, Travel

-Animals of Yule: Reindeer, Stag/Deer, Squirrels, Raven, Wren/Robin,

                              Horse, Cow, Pig, Bear

-Attunement Teas of Yule: (Individually or Blended) Cinnamon, Mullein,

                                             Wassail, Willow Bark, Yarrow

-Food for Yule: Nuts, Fruits such as apples, pears, oranges, cakes of Carraways

                         soaked in Cider, and for non-vegetarians pork and traditional fare.

                         And teas are fine drink for the Simple Feast or Yule meal.

-Other Names for Yule: Midwinter, Winter Solstice, Sun Return, Alban Arthan,

                                        Pagan New Year, Satunali, Finn’s Day,

                                       Festival of Growth, Yuletide, Festival of Sol,

                                      Great Day of the Cauldron

-Deities of Yule: Newborn God, Tripple Goddess

-Goddesses of Yule:

All Spinning Goddesses, Albina (Tuscan), Angerona (Roman), Anna Perenna (Roman), Befana (Italian), Brigitte (Voodun), Changing Woman (Apache), Eve (Herbraic), Fortuna (Roman), Frey (Norse), Gaia (Greek), Hannah (Sumerian), Heket (Egyptian), Kefa (Egyptian), Lilith (Italian), Ma’at (Egyptian), Metzli (Aztec), Nox (Roman), Nukua (Chinese), Pandora (Greek), Pax (Roman), Shekinah (Hebraic-Gnostic), Spinning Woman (Native American), Thea (Greek), Tiamat (Babylonian), Virgin Mary (Christian-Gnostic), Yachimato-Hime (Japanese), Zvezda (Slavic), Baba Yaga, Cailleach, Demeter, Diana, Frigg, Freyja, Hel, Skadi, 

-Gods of Yule

All Re-Born Sun Gods, The Green Man, Dionysus, Freyr, Aker (Egyptian), Apollo (Greco-Roman), Attis (Egyptian-Phoenician) Balder (Norse), Braggi (Norse), Cronos (Greek), Father Sun (Native American), Helios (Greek), Hyperion (Greek), Januas (Roman), Jesus (Christian-Gnostic), Lugh (Irish), Maui (Polynesian), Mitra (Aryan), Mithras (Persian), Ngau (Maori), Nurelli (Aboriginal), Oak/Holly king (Anglo-Celtic), Odin (Norse), Ra (Egyptian), Saturn (Roman), Sol (Roman), Ukko (Finnish-Yugoritic), Yachimata-Hiko (Japanese)

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Yule Lore 

 

One traditional Yuletide practice is the creation of a Yule tree. This can be a living tree outdoors or a potted tree. The choice is yours. Appropriate Wiccan decorations are fun to make, from strings of dried rosebuds, cinnamon sticks, popcorn, or cranberries for garlands, to bags of fragrant spices which are hung from boughs. Quartz crystals can be wrapped with shinny wire and suspended from sturdy branches to resemble icicles. Apples, Oranges, and lemons hanging from branches are strikingly beautiful natural decorations and were customary in ancient times.

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Many enjoy lighting the Yule Log. This is a graphic representation of the rebirth of the God within the sacred fire of Mother Goddess. If you choose to burn one, select a proper log (traditionally of oak or pine). Carve or chalk a figure of the Sun (such as a rayed disk) or the God (a horned circle or a figure of a man) upon it, with a white handled knife, and set it alight in the fireplace at dusk on Yule. As the log burns, visualize the sun shining within it and think of coming warmer days.

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