When the wheel has turned to Yule, light the log the Horned One rules!
Yule (EWE-elle) is a celebration of the rebirth of the Sun and God. It is celebrated during the winter solstice, typically between December 20 and 22. It is during this time that we see the shortest day and darkest night, which will, in turn, bring forth another turn of the wheel and welcome the days getting longer and the energy of God growing stronger.
In Wicca mythos, this is the time that the Mother Goddess gives birth to the Young God in the life cycle. It is during this time that we reflect on the darkness that has been and look towards the light that is to come.
Typically celebrated by a bonfire of some sort, sympathetic magick is performed during this time to encourage and help along God during His rebirth. This includes bonfires, candles, lights, and anything that represents the glow and warmth of the Sun.
In modern times, most of us cannot have a fire burning for 24 hours to encourage the Sun to come back and warm the Earth, so it is perfectly fine to substitute your bonfire for a few candles burned (safely) while you’re home (and awake)!
If you’re like me and celebrating on your own without a coven or circle, a simple ritual to welcome Him and His energy back is perfectly acceptable. Below, I have included some traditional correspondences and their reasons (if known and cited) for being associated with Yule and the winter solstice.
* Red, green, gold, silver, and white
* Candles are symbolically burned to represent the warmth of the sun as well as the melting of the winter chill
* Evergreen, due to its ability to stay green throughout winter, was thought to have power over death and is an important aspect of Yule
* Yule wreaths symbolize the ever-flowing life circle, with no beginning and no end, as is the cycle of the Lord and Lady
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