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Monday, December 21, 2020

~ Yule - Winter Solstice ~

Yule - Winter Solstice

Yule is celebrated at the Midwinter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.  The word Yule comes from the Germanic “Jul” and means “Wheel.”  This is the time where families are planning their gatherings,  the mad rush to find that perfect gift, the kids are home from school and college alike, the weather outside is cooler, you may have already had a few flakes on the ground. The tree is up and decorated as well as your house and yard.

Altar: evergreen wreaths and boughs, pine cones, red and green candles, pine scented incense and essential oils of myrrh and frankincense. Yule log with a red, white and black candle in the center.

Also Called: Alban Arthuan, Midwinter, Saturnalia, Yuletide 

Animals: Bear, Boar, Squirrel, Stag, Sow, Tiger

Birds: Eagle, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Owl, Robin, Snow Goose, Wren

Colors: Gold, Green, Red, Silver, White

Foods: Apple Cider, Cooked Apples, Egg Nog, Gingerbread, Roast Beef, Wine

Herbs: Blessed Thistle, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Ivy, Mistletoe, Peppermint Leaf, Pine, Rosemary, Sage

Incense: Cedar, Frankincense, Juniper, Myrrh, Pine

Metals: Gold, Silver

Stones: Bloodstone, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Ruby

Symbols: Bells, Evergreen Trees, Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe, Poinsettia, Wreath, Yule Log

Theme: Celebration of Light, Hope, New Year, Quiet Introspection, Rebirth, Setting Intentions, Transformation

Trees: Apple, Birch, Cedar, Chestnut, Fir, Holly, Juniper, Oak, Pine, Yew

Zodiac: Capricorn, Sagittarius

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