Yule starts between the 20th and 23rd of December. Yule may be considered as the darkest time of the year because it is the furthest from the sun and the shortest day but it actually celebrates light and life during the winter solstice.
Yule comes with many symbols that are true and practiced traditionally and also in witchcraft. Let’s break down a few!
🎄Yule Tree - Traditionally, this was to represent the Tree of Life and was then ornate with fruits, and pinecones so the wildlife is also able to feast during the season.
🍃 Mistletoe - Is known as the plant of peace and is traditionally, hanged on top of door or entrance ways to promote peace and good luck for the season.
💚 Wreaths - Were typically constructed with evergreens to signify the Wheel of the Year and the natural cycle of life and rebirth. They were also given as a gesture of friendship and goodwill to loved ones.
🔔 Bells - To usher in the light half of the year, bells were rung on the winter solstice. The bells were also thought to ward off demons that prowled throughout the dark season of the year, according to others.
🎵 Caroling - It is a traditional Yule practice in which young children sing to celebrate the winter solstice. The villagers would reward them with small presents when they went door to door singing.
We have narrowed down 4 To-do’s during the season to usher in the celebration!
Feast in traditional holiday food! Like; Crescent moon cookies, caraway cakes, holiday log, wassail, eggnog, gingerbread, turkey, casseroles, pudding and berries were all traditional foods. No holiday is complete without a feast!
Clear Ornamental Bulbs
Preferred Herbs depending on your intention
Preferred Small Crystals depending on your intention
Consider each bulb as individual spells or intentions. Cleanse your bulbs. Feel free to mix and match your materials based on your intention and intuition or add other things you are called to add. After partially filling the ball, write your intention in paper and pen, fold the paper small enough to fit the ball. Secure your ball and hang it on your tree.
Because we’re die-hards for tea! We’re sharing a simple winter solstice tea by The Magick Kitchen. Intending to give you prosperity during the season.
Add 4 cups of water, ½ apple, 2 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cloves, ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, ½ tsl lemon zest and honey or brown sugar as desired into a pot. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool down for another 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy a cup of yuletide joy!
Gift giving and receiving is part of the season. Share the magick of yule by exchanging or giving nature- based gifts! Handmade, local products from local businesses or even your own crafting like wreaths, candles or plants or herbs make perfect, personal gifts.