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We are going to take the month of December to talk about traditions and holidays.
Let’s start with some dates.
December 17th is a Tuesday and the night of the Full Moon. Manifesting energy is at its peak. Ask for your highest good, the things you’d like to come forth in your life and ask for it on this night.
December 21st is a Saturday and Winter Solstice and the day of Yule.
Here is where we will begin today. Now some of our traditions come from the old way of worshiping when people gave prayer and thanks to Gods and Goddesses that revolved around the growing seasons and Mother Earth and the Sun. Wicca and Pagan traditions follow these old ways. Many of these celebrations were incorporated into Christian celebrations as people were urged to convert to Christianity. For me, I tend to celebrate with a little of both. I was brought up Catholic and do believe some of what I was taught, yet I’ve merged some of the old ways with my celebrations because I do believe there is a Goddess or a Mother aspect to God.
This year Saturday the 21st marks Winter Solstice or Yule. It is the shortest day of the year and the first official day of Winter. The days from here on out will get longer as the sun makes its loop back toward Mother Earth.
This was the time for Yule celebrations. Yule is Winter Solstice and the celebration of the Sun’s return. It was a time of bonfires in the fields and toasting the land with cider. Gifts of apples and oranges placed in baskets lined with evergreens were given to family and friends as symbols of the sun and rebirth as evergreens never die from season to season.
Some plants of the season include:
Holly: A spring of Holly kept at or near the door of a home all year long is a constant invitation for good fortune to visit the home. Holly also protects and repels unwanted spirits. It is a symbol of everlasting life.
Yew: Is the symbol of regenerations and rebirth. It is deeply connected with the spirit realms and the ancestors.
Pine: Brings healing and joy to the home. Burning it will purify the home.
The Yule log was a tradition and can still be kept for good luck. The yule log must be found on the household lands or given as a gift. One must never purchase the log. It must then be decorated with a ceremony with greenery and covered in cider or ale then dusted with flour before it is set in the fire place and set on fire with a piece from last year’s log to light it. Yule logs were left to burn and smolder for 12 days. Traditionally yule logs were Ash wood.
Yule is also the time for celebration of the Nativity and the birth of Jesus.
Now, after researching Yule there are many good resources and I’ve come across many that tie the old ways into Christmas celebrations.
Next week we will talk a little more about traditions and decorations, along with celebrating this magical time of the year.