Saturday, September 22, 2012
Symbolism of Yule:
Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.
Symbols of Yule:
Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.
Herbs of Yule:
Bayberry, blessed thistle, evergreen, frankincense holly, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar.
Foods of Yule:
Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail, or lamb's wool (ale, sugar, nutmeg, roasted apples).
Incense of Yule:
Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon.
Colors of Yule:
Red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange.
Stones of Yule:
Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds.
Activities of Yule:
Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kriss Kringle the Germanic Pagan God of Yule
Spellworkings of Yule:
Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.
Deities of Yule:
Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon.
This is the end to the long plunge into darkness and the begining of the lights return.
A time to open your heart to the lonely and house bound.
A time of reflection and finding the scared from within.
Join friends and feast around a fire log. Tell stories.
Cleanse the house and mind of negativity.
A time for sewing, crafts, planning your spring garden, reading, meditation,dream work,and candle magick.
Making some magick!
The smells of Christmas all rolled up in this potpourri
2 cups dried pink rose petals and buds
1/2 cup dried bay leaves, crumbled
1/2 cup dried orange peel
1/2 cup dried pomegranate slices, chopped
1 Tablespoon grated nutmeg
1/2 cup small pine cones
1/2 Tablespoon orris root power
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon mixed spices, lightly crushed:
mustard seed, black, green and white peppercorns, red spindle
berries, juniper berries
10 drops frankincense essential oil
5 drops clove essential oil
20 drops orange essential oil
5 drops myrrh essential oil
Mix together. Place in a 1 qt mason jar. great for gift giving or use a s you would any popourri
2 drops of each Cinnamon and Clove oil,
1 drop of mandarin oil,
1 drop of popine oil
2 drops each frankincense and Myrrh oil.
1/2 oz carrier oil
mix and store in small bottle
3 parts frankincense
2 parts myrrh
1 part cassia
1 part mace
1/2 part clove buds
Thoroughly grind all the ingredients together in a mortar into very small parts. Place by teaspoonfuls on the smoking coals. A Christmas scent will follow very quickly!
Old spell to bring back the sun
The ancients knew that the winter solstice was the longest night of
the year -- and that meant that the sun was beginning its long
journey back towards earth. It was a time of celebration, and for
rejoicing in the knowledge that soon, the warm days of spring would
return, and the dormant earth would come back to life.
On this one day, the sun stands still in the sky, and everyone on
earth knows that change is coming. Because this is a festival of fire
and light, feel free to use lots of candles and lights, solar
symbols, bright colors, or even a bonfire. Bring light back into your
home and your life.
Like any Sabbat, this festival works well if paired up
with a feast. Celebrate the sun's return by preparing all kinds of
winter foods -- whip up a batch of cornbread, a pot of buttered rum,
plum pudding, cranberry dressing, game stew, etc. Have the whole
family eat together prior to the ritual. Clean up, and when you're
done, cover your table or altar with candles. Use as many as you
like; they don't have to match. In the center, place a sun candle**
on a riser, so it's above the rest. Don't light any of the candles
just yet. Turn off all the other lights, and face your altar. If your
tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now. Face the candles,
The wheel of the year has turned once more,
and the nights have grown longer and colder.
Tonight, the darkness begins to retreat,
and light begins its return once again.
As the wheel continues to spin,
the sun returns to us once more.
Light the sun candle, and say:
Even in the darkest hours,
even in the longest nights,
the spark of life lingered on.
Laying dormant, waiting, ready to return
when the time was right.
The darkness will leave us now,
as the sun begins its journey home.
Beginning with the candles closest to the sun candle, and working
your way outward, light each of the other candles. As you light each
As the wheel turns, light returns.
Repeat this until all the candles are lit and burning.
The light of the sun has returned to us,
bringing life and warmth with it.
The shadows will vanish, and life will continue.
We are blessed by the light of the sun.
Take a moment to think about what the return of the sun means to you.
The return of the light meant many things to different cultures. How
does it affect you, and your loved ones? When you're ready, go
through the house and turn all the lights back on. If you have
children, make it a game -- they can yell out, "Welcome back, light!"
If you're not too full from dinner, have some eggnog and cookies on
standby, and take the time to bask in the light of your candles and
eat some treats. When you're done, extinguish the candles from the
outside of the altar working towards the center, leaving the sun
candle for last.
** A sun candle is simply a candle you've designated to represent the
sun in ritual. It can be in a sunny color -- gold or yellow -- and if
you like, you can inscribe it with solar sigils.
If you like, you can do this ritual on the morning of Yule. Cook a
big breakfast with lots of eggs, and watch the sun rise. If you do
this, you can eliminate all the candles except the sun candle. Allow
the sun candle to burn all day before you extinguish it.
What You Need:
Lots of candles, including a sun candle
A feast with lots of winter-themed food
Mistletoe for luck spell by: Gerina Dunwich
With a consecrated ritual dagger, ceremonially cut a piece of
mistletoe at sunrise on winter solstice. As you do this, recite
thrice the following incantation:
"Golden bough and Witch's broom,
thy sacred names are spoken.
By dagger's blade I conjure thee
to see all bad luck broken.
Harming none, this spell is done.
By law of three, so mote it be!"
Hang the white-berried plant over the
front door of your house to bring good luck
to all who dwell within.
Mistletoe, which was sacred to the druids
and used in their ancient fertility rites,
is also said to possess the powers of healing
and protection against evil, fire, illness,
and bad luck.
Yuletide love spell
Color of the day: White
Incense of the day: Violet
Friday is ruled by the planet Venus, and concerns such things as
romance,love, fertility, and birth. The day's name comes from the Norse
goddess oflove, Freya. She is ideal to invoke for winter romances.
The holiday season provides opportunities to meet new people at parties and other social
Use this spell to draw attention to yourself. You will need a necklace
of gold or amber, two candles of pink or gold, and amber essential oil. Light
the candles and hold the necklace between them, saying:
Lady of grace,
Shine your beauty
Upon my face.
Sun of fire,
Necklace of gold,
Send me someone
Whom I can hold.
Daring and free,
Let all their eyes
Be drawn to me.
Accept invitations to all promising events. When you go, wear the
necklace and a dab of amber oil. Freya's grace will attract good attention.
Yule log magick
The Yule log brings warmth and light on this Yule Eve, and represents
the birth of a new solar year on the Winter Solstice. Burning the
Yule Log is one of the oldest magical rituals. You can make and burn
this Yule Log with your family and friends.
You will need a beeswax candle, an oak, cedar, or birch log, a
fireplace or woodstove, cedar, holly, and pine branches, and green,
red, and white ribbon. Begin by drawing a magic circle around the
room and fireplace or woodstove, and then call in the elements.
Next, light the candle, dedicating it to the Mother Goddess and
Father God. Tie the cedar, holly, and pine branches around the log
with the green, red, and white ribbon.
As you do this, say: Blessed Yule Log of plenty,
Bring us good luck and good health
And divine prosperity, blessed be!
Now Dip some of the wax from the candle on the log. As you do,
repeat: Blessed Yule Log of plenty,
Bring us good luck and good health
And divine prosperity, blessed be!
Before putting the log into the fire, place your hands over the Yule
log and say this prayer: Dear Goddess and God
On this Eve of Yule, I pray you
Please grant us the gifts
Of good health and good luck
And divine prosperity.
May the divine spirit shine brightly
With each new year and every day
In the Lady and Lord's name, Blessed be!
Enjoy the warmth and light of the Yule fire. Before you go to sleep,
thank the Goddess and God, bid farewell to the elements, and close
the circle.Tomorrow morning, take some of the ashes from your
fireplace or wood stove, and scatter them clockwise around the
outside of your home, including your front and back doors, to bring
you and your family good luck, good health, and prosperity. Offer the
remains of the beeswax candle to the Earth. (Author Unknown)