Sabbats

Yule Correspondences

Yule, or the Winter Solstice, celebrates the beginning of winter and the rebirth of the sun. This sabbat also marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Yule is celebrated when the sun is at 1 degree Capricorn, which is usually around December 21. During Yule, it is good to focus on harmony, hope, and love, and some suggested rituals would include prosperity, happiness, and new beginnings.

 

Other names: Winter Solstice, Modranicht

Date: December 21-22, when the sun is at 1 degree Capricorn

Meaning of the word: Yule Scandinavian means “wheel”; Solstice, means “the sun stands still”

Primary focus: Rebirth and renewal

Age of Holiday: Approximately 5,000 years old

Astrological sign: Capricorn

Planetary ruler: Saturn

 

Color Associations: Gold, Green, Red, Silver, White

 

Herbs: Bayberry, Birch, Blessed thistle, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Comfrey, Elder, Evergreen, Fir, Frankincense, Hazel Bark, Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe, Oak, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Yellow Cedar, Wintergreen

 

Stones: Alexandrite, Bloodstone, Blue Topaz, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Green Tourmaline, Kunzite, Jet, Pearl, Rubies, Tiger’s Eye

 

Incense: Bayberry, Cedar, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Ginger, Juniper, Myrrh, Pine, Sage, Spruce

 

Animals and Beasts: Bear, Boar, Eagle, Elves, Gnomes, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Owl, Phoenix, Robin, Snow Goose, Squirrel, Stag, Sow, Tiger, Wren

 

Symbols: Bells, Candles, Clove, Evergreens, Holly, Mistletoe, Snowflake, Wreath

 

Food: Ale, Caraway Cakes, Cookies, Eggnog, Fruits, Ginger tea, Gingerbread, Nutmeg, Nuts, Pork dishes, Roast apples, Spiced cider, Sugar, Turkey, Wassail

 

Magickal Ideas for Your Rituals:

  • Empower Yule and Christmas cards with loving energy.
  • Burn ash wood for prosperity.
  • Find out what the Belsnickle is and how he fits into the magickal German Yule.
  • Make your own Yule log. (If you don’t have a fireplace, you can carve holes in a log and insert metal tea candle cups.) Decorate with evergreens, ribbons, and ivy.
  • Recognize that Yule is a time of closure, especially in relation to solar-driven activities in your life– groups and organizations, major work projects, corporations, etc. Gracefully let go of those things that are no longer needed. Add meditation and prayer, tuned to the lowest ebb of solar energies, to your daily activities over this period.
  • Empower all gifts you give this season with love and happiness.
  • Research the history of St. Nick (When Santa Was a Shaman by Joseph Cusamano is a good start) and the Christmas/Yule tree.
  • Bake a Yule log cake.
  • Begin or keep family traditions associated to the season.
  • Empower Yule tree ornaments for prosperity.
  • Build a Yule altar to honor the spirits of the wolf and the stag.
  • Empower mistletoe for healing and prosperity.
  • Make puppets or statues to represent the Oak and Holly Kings. Place them on the altar or put on a skit for younger members of your household.
  • Yule occurs at the transition of Sagittarius to Capricorn — from a mutable fire sign to an earthy cardinal one. Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, gives us the authority, strength, and business acumen to make wise decisions about our future.

 

*Yule Invocation

Morning light will flood the chamber

–winter solstice sun.

Energy Unfolding,

Saturn’s rule has just begun.

Crystals formed of ice and frost

freeze field and forest green.

While Mighty Oak and Holly

fight for favors from our Queen.

The Great Wheel brings conception,

birth, and death as days of yore.

Each bonfire on a leyline

honors what has gone before.

Seven planets, seven spheres,

seven gates swing open.

I lift my arms and call the charge

the incantation spoken!

I conjure water spirits,

pour forth the sacred winds

come hither, O great fire!

The magick now begins!

Solar vapors, starry heavens

clouds and earth and waves

write in your perfection

on this shortest solstice day!

I hold the key of secrets

and the phantoms will avail

the crossroads shimmer open

as the rod connects to grail.

Seven planets, seven spheres,

seven gates swing open.

I lift my arms and call the charge

the incantation spoken!

Beribboned Yule logs burning

each spark a blessing brings.

Red and green, the sacred blood

of past and future kings.

Mistletoe and bayberry,

winter’s leaves and resin.

Spu=ice and myrrh and evergreen

connect the Earth to heaven.

Through scented smoke and sacred prayer

I manifest good will.

Bring peace and joy to hearth and home

and every wish fulfill.

Seven planets, seven spheres,

seven gates swing open.

I lift my arms and call the charge

the incantation spoken!

 

Yule Incense

Best mixed the week prior to December 21.

Herbs:

1 cup Sandalwood powder

½ cup crushed pine needles

½ cup vervain

Oils:

3 drops clove oil

3 drops fir or pine oil

Chant: The old Sun dies. The new is born.

 

Keep in mind, all of these are based on my opinions I found from my research. You may disagree or have something to add. Please do so kindly in the comments.

 

Blessed be, brothers and sisters.

 

Resources:

*Solitary Witch by Silver RavenWolf

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