Occurs when the Sun moves into zero degrees Capricorn
The shortest day and longest night of the year
Usually the 20th or 21st of December
known as Midwinter, Sun Return, Alban Arthan, Pagan New Year,
Saturnalia, Finn's Day, Yuletide, Festival of Sol, Great Day of the
Cauldron, and Festival of Growth
Yule is the time to…
- Celebrate the rebirth of the God
- Honor the Triple Goddess
- Celebrate the return of the Sun and the Waxing Year
- Celebrate the triumph of the Oak King over the Holly King
- Bid farewell to the Waning half of the Year
- Welcome the Waxing half of the Year
Bayberry candles are burned during this time of the year to ensure wealth and happiness throughout the following year. Traditional Incense: bayberry, cinnamon, pine, cedar, rosemary, juniper Traditional candle colors: red, green, white, gold, silver Traditional gemstones: cat's eye, ruby, bloodstone, garnet Traditional foods: gingerbread, fruitcake, nuts, sugar cookies, turkey, stuffing Traditional herbs: cinnamon, bayberry, nutmeg, pine, sage, holly, mistletoe, rosemary, pine cones Traditional animals: stags, squirrels, wrens, robins
Suggested decorations: Holly, mistletoe, ivy, cedar, bay, juniper, rosemary, pine, apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, evergreen boughs or trees, luminarias, evergreen trees, Yule logs, eight-spoked wheels, wreaths, spinning wheels Attunement teas: cinnamon, mullein, willow bark, yarrow Ritual oils: rosemary, myrrh, nutmeg, saffron, cedar, pine, wintergreen, ginger Mythical creatures: phoenix, trolls, mermecolion Key actions: meditation and introspection Suggested activites: decorating the Yule tree, storytelling, gifts given in memory of the deceased Taboos: extinguishing fires, traveling
Suggested song: "Ye Children All of Mother Earth" (Tune: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear") Ye children all of Mother Earth
Join hands and circle around
To celebrate the Solstice night
When our lost Lord is found.
Rejoice, the year has begun again
The Sun blesses skies up above
So share the season together now
In everlasting Love!
My sources include, but are not confined to, the following works:
- Yule Incense:
- 2 parts Frankincense
- 2 parts Pine needles (or resin)
- 1 part Cedar
- 1 part Juniper berries
Bereyl, Paul. The Master Book of Herbalism.
Cunningham, Scott. The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews.
------------------. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner.
Dunwich, Gerina. Wicca Craft.
Galenorn, Yasmine. Dancing with the Sun.
K., Amber. Covencraft: Witchcraft for Three or More.
McCoy, Edain. The Sabbats.
Starhawk. The Spiral Dance.
Stein, Diane. Casting the Circle: A Women’s Book of Ritual