Yule : Celebrated circa December 21
Yule is celebrated on the winter Solstice, and is an observance of the turning of the
solar year from waning to waxing. This is the most important Sabbat in the Teutonic
traditions, the word Yule coming from the old Norse jul, meaning "wheel". Some
Mythology teaches that the Sun is the newborn son of the Goddess, others that the
Sun is the wintertime Crone who has turned her Virgin form again. The Christmas
practice of venerating lighted trees and burning the Yule log--both symbolic of the
divine gift of fire to humanity-- all come from the European Pagan customs. It is
also customary on this Sabbat to greet the rising Sun on the day it starts to grow
once again and to reenact the battle between the Deities who represent both the
dark and light halves of the year. At this time the Deities of Light will emerge
victorious. This is not a mockery of Christianities Holy Day. The Winter Solstice is
an ancient Pagan festival that early Christian leaders adopted as the symbolic date
of Jesus' birth.
Winter Solstice Incense:
Pine Needles myrrh
Cinnamon dried apple leaf or wood
Blend all ingredients. You want to make enough to use during your ritual and to share
with others. Put some in a small bottle with a cork and tie a ribbon around its neck
to give as a gift. To charge it, place in your magic space before using it in ritual.
Christian are often quite surprised at how enthusiastically we Pagans
celebrate the "Christmas season". Even though we prefer to use the word
"Yule", and our celebrations may peak a few days BEFORE the 25th, we
nonetheless follow many of the traditional customs of the season: decorated
trees, carolling, presents, Yule logs, and mistletoe. We might even go so far
as putting up a "Nativity set", though for us the three central characters are
likely to be interpreted as Mother Nature, Father Time, and the Baby
Sun-God. None of this will come as a surprise to anyone who knows the true
history of the holiday, of course.
Many Pagan cultures used to cut down
evergreen trees in December, moved
them into the home or temple and
decorated them. Modern-day Pagans still
do. This was to recognize the winter
solstice -- the time of the year that had
the shortest daylight hours, and longest
night of the year. This occurs annually
sometime between DEC-20 to 23.
They noticed that the days were gradually getting shorter; many
feared that the sun would eventually disappear forever, and everyone
would freeze. But, even though deciduous trees, bushes, and crops
died or hibernated for the winter, the evergreen trees remained green.
They seemed to have magical powers that enabled them to withstand
the rigors of winter.
This is my beautiful new Faery my
mama found for me for Winter
Solstice. We found her last
Solstice but had decided on a
diffrent faery ... But all year long,
everytime I went back to that
store ..there she was ....and SOLD !
I was SO sad because I had just
known she was meant to be mine
...and finally, after sitting with the
sold sticker for almost 10 monts ....
the person decided they really didnt
want her afterall ..and so ...*smiles
big* here she is...home... where she
You can see my other faeries HERE
|giggles as soneone wants to BE a
Solstice gift ~ silly Mazzy
see my kitties