Yule – Tis’ the Season

December 08, 2020

Yule – Tis’ the Season
Yule, the Winter Solstice is a great time of power and symbolism. It is a holiday that observes the cycles of life and death and the intricate energy between light and dark. It’s a time that can serve to remind us, that even in the bitter, cold darkness of the season, that there is a sense of promise, and hope that the sun and warmness will return to embrace us.
For some, the Winter Solstice is a very sacred and spiritual time, a time that can be filled with numerous traditions and rituals. For others, it is the beginning of the 12 days of Yule; a time when we set intentions, have new hope, and honor
the rebirth of the Sun God. It’s also a time for quiet energy, regeneration, renewal and self-reflection.
For many it’s a time to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. This is a perfect time of year to take a moment to perform a Yule Cleansing, a Yule Log Ceremony, or a Yule Blessing – just to name a few! In the Norse text of Heimskringla, The Saga of Hakon the Good, it talks about the Yule only lasting for three days or until the ale ran out. There are many origins, lore, and legends surrounding Yule. You could literally get lost for days researching the topic!
To celebrate on your own, take some time to set up your sacred space in honor of Yule.

via GIPHY


Light red, green, white, silver, or gold candles.
Light incense of cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, clove, juniper, sweet orange, cedar, pine, or sage.
Add bells. Yule Crystals such as: Bloodstone, clear quartz, diamond, emerald, garnet, and ruby.
Yule decorations such as: Holly, mistletoe, nuts, berries, sun and solar symbols, snowflakes, ornaments, lights, elves,
pinecones, blessed thistle, sage, wreaths and greenery, a cup of Wassail, or even a Yule log.
You could also add images of Yule corresponding animals such as, bear, boar, goat, squirrel, stag, eagle, snow goose, owl, or sow.
Whatever you do, make it special and make it your own. Make this about a time of personal reflection, new beginnings, and happiness.



Yule Blessings

You will need:
One white candle
Lighter or Matches
Fireproof dish or offering bowl
One or more of the following: Blessed thistle, cedar, sage, pine needles, bay leaf, cloves, orange peels, allspice, juniper,
cinnamon, or rosemary.
Charcoal disc – if you are burning the herbs, this will help to keep them lit.
Find a quiet place and light your candle.
Have the dish/bowl and herbs near you.
Sit quietly and close your eyes.
Begin to think about new hope, peace, healing, and light entering your world tonight.
When you are ready repeat the following,

“May I find calm & peace in the promise of this night.
With each new day now being blessed with more light.
A time of rebirth, new beginnings and magick galore.
I welcome peace, joy, and harmony through my dwelling’s door.
I will rejoice on this night, for without the dark, there cannot be light.
May I always be blessed from the light within.
May well-being be mine as the new cycle begins.
(Grab some of the herbs and place them in the dish/bowl – you can either burn them or just leave as an offering in the bowl)
I burn (or offer) these herbs, to cleanse myself and my space.
Rest and renewal, I shall now embrace.
These words are spoken and given power by me.
This is my will. So, Mote it be!”

Here is another quick ritual – Create a Yuletide Charged Charm

You need:
One wooden spoon
Red, green, or gold ribbon
Take the spoon in your dominant hand and repeat, ‘Brightest of blessings on this Yuletide Fare, give love, healing and peace in equal share'.
Next tie the ribbon in a bow around the neck of the spoon and repeat, ‘May this home be safe and blessed, with Yuletide energy give protection to kin and guests.’
Take your charged spoon and place it in an appropriate place in your kitchen. This charm can be embellished in many ways, for example, tie some cedar and a stick of cinnamon together with the ribbon. This would also make a beautiful gift that you could easily create yourself with an added bonus of a charged blessing!



Wassail Anyone? (Waa-sl)
Wassail derives from the Old English words "waes hael", which means “be well”, or “good health”.
It is a strong drink, usually a mixture of ale, honey and spices or mulled apple cider.
When pagans went into the forest to fell the great oak for the Yule log, they would anoint the tree with wassail and decorate them with wassail-soaked cakes, thus the ritual of wassailing was born.
At home, the wassail would be poured into a large bowl during feast time. When guests would come, the host, would greet them by lifting a drink and wishing them well with a “waes hael”, to which the guests would reply “drinc hael”,
which meant “drink and be well”.

Wassail Recipe
8 cups sweet (soft) apple cider
2 cups hard apple cider (alcoholic cider)
½ cup brandy
2 ounces fresh ginger (cubed)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon coriander seed
8 whole cloves
6 green cardamom pods
6 allspice berries
2 star-anise pods
1 medium apple
Preparing wassail:
Pour both the soft and hard ciders into a medium pot, and then stir in the brandy.
Add ginger, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, allspice, and star anise into the pot.
Warm the wassail over medium heat until steaming, and then turn down the heat to low.
Cover the pot and allow it to warm at least 20 minutes before serving.

via GIPHY

While the wassail is warming slice an apple crosswise into discs about ⅛-inch thick. Set them aside.
Serving:
To serve, strain the wassail through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs or a serving bowl. Garnish with apple slices. You can
store prepared wassail in the fridge for up to 3 days. To serve, warm it on the stove over low heat until pleasantly hot.
Heat it gently, over low heat as this will prevent the alcohol from burning off.



Whatever ways you decide to celebrate Yule, I hope you find peace, health, and happiness with the turning of the wheel.
Until next time…Live, Love & Magick!

-Laurie Gouley


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in News

December 2021 Monthly Horoscope
December 2021 Monthly Horoscope

November 30, 2021

As we move out of the chaotic month of November, we begin making our way into the healing month of December, welcoming in a plethora of new energies. Finally, the intense vibes of Scorpio season that left many of us feeling emotionally vulnerable last month have passed, and we now enter the cold month of December feeling hopeful, as this month is all about living it up the way you deserve. 


With that said, starting on November 21st, we kicked off the ambitious and adventurous Sagittarius season, preparing us for a month of adventure ahead. More than anything, Sagittarius is very fun-loving and always has a special way of guiding us to a more positive headspace to start living a more fulfilling life. Not to mention, the Sagittarius is also ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion and luck. Therefore, we can expect some new changes to enter our lives as we become more clear with the life we want to live. 


Aside from this, this month, we will also be wrapping up the last eclipse of this year with a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 4th. Because of its nature, this will likely stir up feelings of closure as well as clearer insight for all signs, which could either bring about a new inspired vision or some repressed emotions that you need to work through. Either way, trusting your intuition will be the way to get through it. To follow, we then have a full moon in Gemini making its way into our space on December 18th, followed by a retrograde in Venus hours later, which could stir up an uncertain but powerful time for cleansing and release in our relationships as we become more in touch with ourselves, our worth, and our values. And finally, this is then topped off by the Winter Solstice as well as the start of the Capricorn season on December 21st-22nd, marking the beginning of winter, pushing us to bundle deep within ourselves as we go through a powerful period of reflection. 


Overall, as you can see, December is going to be packed with powerful energy that will help to guide us to further alignment this month. With that said, to give you some insight into what you can expect to feel personally throughout the month, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout December and how you can truly make the most of it. 

Continue Reading

Top 10 Tips for Baby Witches
Top 10 Tips for Baby Witches

November 16, 2021 3 Comments

Witchcraft is one of the most beautiful natural practices you could ever stumble into. Whether your interest in it stems from a love of nature, being born with a heightened intuition, or a simple interest in crystals and natural healing, witchcraft is a beautiful practice that can be done by anyone with an open mind and a willingness to learn. However, if you’re just starting out, without a doubt, witchcraft can be pretty intimidating. With so many different practices, belief systems, and versatile categories to learn, it can easily leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused about how to even begin with it. But don’t worry, that’s where we come in. And today, we’re going to talk all about witchcraft for beginners. 

With that said, in this article, we’re going to share with you our top 10 personal beginner witch tips to help you transition into your own witchcraft journey a little more smoothly. So whether you’re just starting out or are already along your journey and in need of a little guidance, we hope this article will help you to find a better understanding of the path of the witch and all the magick within you and around you. Let’s get started. 

Continue Reading

November 2021 Monthly Horoscope
November 2021 Monthly Horoscope

October 28, 2021

As we move out of the spiritually charged month of October, we begin making our way through November, welcoming in changes in love, shifts in our emotions, and some much-needed spiritual transformations. As we kick off this autumnal month, we move steadily through the sign of the ambitious and passionate Scorpio, pushing us to explore our romantic and personal endeavors more closely. The Scorpio is a water sign that knows nothing but intensity in all that they do; therefore, with this scorpion symbol leading the way, it’s going to remind us that it’s time to face our fears and stop running. More than anything, it’s time to begin exploring our conscious minds more closely to better understand ourselves in both our light and our dark areas in order to live a balanced and more fulfilling life. This will also have us examining deep emotional problems a little bit closer this month in order to finally cut past ties and move forward freely once and for all. 


Aside from this, there will also be a trine with Mercury and Jupiter at the start of November, which will stir up new opportunities. This will help to give a positive boost to your mind about the possibilities all around you and push you to find a new optimism towards pursuing your goals. This is likely to inspire you to get things done right off the bat and set a productive tone for the remainder of the month. And in the third week of November, the Zodiac wheel will turn once more to the adventurous and intellectual Sagittarius, shifting our minds to a more positive vibration, empowering us to take on anything life throws at us. This, alongside the eclipse in Taurus on the 19th, will skyrocket our lives and shift our minds towards intensity, likely having all the signs feeling a little on edge. 


Overall, November will be a powerful month of working through repressed emotions, trying new things, and seeking balance in all aspects of our lives. But to give you some insight into what you can expect to feel personally through the month, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout November and how you can truly make the most of it. 

Continue Reading