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Yuletide Celebrations

What a year it’s been! I’m already reflecting on everything that has happened and all the wonderful people I’ve met and gotten to know better. There’s so much to be grateful for, and as of now I’m also still holding out hope for a real snowfall in the next two days. Meanwhile, tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, or Yule. This is the holiday I observe for spiritual reasons, and there are many ways I celebrate.

One of the things I decided to do this year was the advent wreath. Advent simple means “arrival” and in my case, this would be the arrival of the sun. After the longest night of the year the sun is reborn and the days begin to grow longer again. So I will light all my advent candles tomorrow (I have been lighting one every Sunday for the past four weeks) as a symbol of hope for the light’s return in all its forms. Especially the light of peace in the world.

I gave handmade witch ball ornaments to a few friends and colleagues this year. They can be programmed for any purpose and it’s important to choose ingredients that match your intention. The ones I gave away were for prosperity or faery blessings.

My boyfriend and I will also exchange gifts tomorrow, and I’m making a bacon-red pepper-asparagus strata (which I love for the Yuletide color correspondence of red/green veggies) in the morning and a roast in the evening. Friends will stop by throughout the day, we’ll watch holiday movies and chat and probably do a puzzle. I’ll light some incense pertinent to the holiday (in my case, frankincense) and snuggle up with tea and hot cocoa throughout the day.

Magical work that focuses on transformation, renewal, or divination is especially potent during the Winter Solstice. You could do a simple fire ceremony or candle magic during this day.

If you’re looking to celebrate Yule and enjoy incorporating many natural elements, or are looking to do something a little out of the ordinary, here are some different correspondences you can use to add depth to your celebrations and/or magic work:

Yule Incense/scents

  • Frankincense
  • Cedar
  • Rosemary
  • Evergreen
  • Bay
  • Bayberry
  • Chamomile
  • Holly
  • Juniper
  • Mistletoe
  • Sage
  • Myrrh

Colors

  • Gold
  • Green
  • Red
  • Silver
  • White

Animals/birds

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Pig
  • Squirrel
  • Owl
  • Wren
  • Eagle

Gemstones

  • Ruby
  • Garnet
  • Bloodstone

Yuletide Blessings to You! 💚❤️🎄❄️✨

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