Yule- Winter Solstice
Yule marks the time of the year where there's light emerging after the longest night and shortest day. It is the Winter Solstice and here in the Southern Hemisphere is dated 20-23rd June and in the Northern Hemisphere is dated 20-23rd December.
Its a time to celebrate rebirth, transformation and growth as we now start to see the growth again with the sun. The earth changes and so do we!! We start to see the light and our bodies start to get invigorated for the changes around us.
Yule is a wonderful time to reflect on our inner work during those cooler days and embrace the changes that we want to make!
Crystals: Tigers eye, citrine, bloodstone, emerald, ruby, jade, diamond.
Herbs and incense: Chamomile, basil, blessed thistle, rosemary, sage, myrrh, bay, clove, star anise, cinnamon, juniper, holly, mistletoe, pine. To make an amazing smelling incense for your practice and altar just add pinch of any of these herbs and resins, mix them together and place on a heat charcoal disk in a cauldron or place some on a tea light holder and burn a candle underneath for a subtle rich aroma.
Symbols of Yule: Fir Tree- everlasting tree that symbolises life even in the darkness.
Yule Log- burn the yule log (usually a piece of oak) to represent the coming of the sun. Its tradition that you don't burn the log all the way- leave some to re-burn for next yule.
Wreaths- represent the wheel of the year. The wreath is usually made from evergreens and its meaning is that the wreath has no ending so its a continuous cycle of life.
Ritual to do for Yule:
- Make mulled wine and share with loved ones. My recipe for mulled wine is:
- 2 bottles of red wine (I like shiraz and don't worry your not drinking two bottle of wine it does evaporate quite a bit)
- Two cinnamon sticks
-3 star anise
-1 orange (rind and juice)
- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
Method- Place all the ingredients in to a large pot and bring to a simmer. I like to have it slowly simmering for about 30-1hr just to cook the alcohol content out so its not that alcoholic. Serve while warm and enjoy it while sitting in front of a fire :)
- Light a fire or bonfire to represent the rise of the sun and warmth. You could also light a candle in your altar- I like to burn a red, green, silver or gold one.
- Make a chocolate yule log ( or buy one if your like me!) and share with loved ones.
- Write what you would like to manifest for the next year on a bay leaf and place them on your altar.
- Go for a walk outside and find treasures to decorate your yule altar with.
- Pine cones
- Fir tree decorations
- Pine needles
- Fallen leaves
- what ever your heart and soul desire :)
Happy Yule beautiful souls :)