As the Yule celebrations ramp up, I figured it would be a good time to do a Yule round-up! Hope this is helpful to those newer to Paganism, and maybe even make a good addition to your personal BoS or Grimoires.
What is Yule?
Yule is the celebration of the Winter Solstice and it is held between December 20th and December 23rd each year. The name Yule is derived from the word ‘Wheel’. The longest night of the year, and one of the minor Sabbats, Yule is a time of celebration as the world begins to emerge from the dark back into the light. For many Pagans, Yule signifies the birth of the Mabon or the Star Child, who is to become the Sun God, marking the return of the Light in which the nights begin to shorten.
Many modern Christmas traditions have their origins in Yule and other Pagan roots. Christmas trees and wreaths echo ancient customs of bringing greenery inside for protection and to signify the everlasting life throughout the darkest days. The Norse people placed great significance on the enduring symbols or fir, pine, and holly amongst other evergreens in association with life and rebirth.
Mistletoe was sacred to the Celtic druids and both the Romans and the greeks. Mistletoe was originally added to the evergreen leaves to create ‘kissing bundles or bushes’.
The Yule log is now traditionally thought of like a cake, but originally it was an oak branch, used for the winter fire. Chosen for its slow-burning wood with the ability to produce great heat, part of it was saved for both good luck, and to be used for kindling for the next Yule fire. The Yule log is traditionally burnt for 12 days following the solstice.
Red candles are a traditional color used for the Yule cake, and represent the hearth flames off old.
Foods of Yule Celebrations
Yule is the time of year to celebrate the foods that have been harvested and stored for winter. Some traditional foods and treats of Yule include Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider. Fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, and spiced cider
Scents of Yule Celebrations
Pine, cedar, bayberry, and cinnamon
Colors of Yule Celebrations
Red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow and orange
Gemstones of Yule
Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, and diamonds
Other Fun Yuletide activities
Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the yule log, decorating a Yule tree, exchanging presents, kissing under the mistletoe, and spending time with family and friends.
Spellworkings of Yule
Peace, harmony, and love
Hope this article has been helpful, and informative! Until next time!
Love and Light,