Winter Solstice/Yule Correspondences
December 22, 2019
The Winter Solstice or Yule (ewe-elle/yool) is the shortest day of the year and the time when pagans celebrate the rebirth of the Sun. The date of this event tends to vary and falls sometime between Dec 20th and Dec 23rd. It is a fire festival and a quarter Sabbat. On this longest night of the year, the now elderly Holly King makes way for the newborn son(sun) who will soon be the Oak King. This holiday is celebrated worldwide and is known as Mean Geimhridh, Mid Winter and Yuletide.
The theme of the Winter Solstice is one of rebirth and renewal. It brings the return of hope and the knowledge that life will continue with the rising of the new sun after the long dark. Those of Christian faith celebrate the birth of Jesus around this time as well, but scholars now say that he was more likely to have been born around Easter. However, Jesus was not the only deity said to have been born at this time, he’s in the company of Pagan gods like Apollo. Mithras, and Horus. After the coming of Christianity, our ancestors continued to celebrate the Winter Solstice and eventually, the church decided that it was easier to incorporate the pagan celebration into theirs rather than to change it altogether. As a result, the pagan Sun God is born on the same day as the Christian Son of God, who is by the way called “the light of the world”. Here is an interesting little tidbit…Did you know that mistletoe was banned from churches due to its pagan/druid association?
Yule is also a festival of light and candles are a traditional item. Candles were lit at midnight as a symbol of the birth of the Sun God. In Ireland, oil lamps were left lit all night long. Special Yule candles were also poplar and one would be lit every night throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas which make up the traditional Yule season. As with any candle, blowing it out causes the accumulated luck that resides in the candle to “blow away”. The purpose of these candles is to bless the house and family in the coming year.
Colors: Red, Green, White, Gold, Silver
Sacred Stones: Turquoise, Peridot, Serpentine
Herbs: All evergreens, holly, mistletoe, ivy, pine/fir cones, cinnamon
Symbols: Yule Log or Tree, evergreen wreaths, holly/mistletoe, =innamon sticks, bells,
Deities: The Holly King, Odin. Osiris, Hathor, Ixchel, Hecate, the =orns, all winter fae
Food & Drink: Roast fowl, ham, apples, oranges, nuts, mulled cider/wine
Activities for Yule include:
Making treats and feeding our feathered friends.
If you have access to the forest you can find a yule log for your home and decorate it.
Help those less fortunate by donating food or gifts to a good charity.
Staying up all night and celebrate the rebirth of the sun at dawn.
Create a special red Yule candle to burn, buying one is okay too! Decorate your candle with evergreens and holly.
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