Yule (Pronounced EWE-elle)
by Ravensgrove Coven on Monday, December 6, 2010
The Yule log is one of the most prominent symbols of this Sabbat. Traditionally, the log would be from the landowners crop or harvest or given as a gift, but should not be bought for themselves. Then, it is lit with a log from last year’s holiday that was put aside specifically for this ceremony.
The Winter Solstice, December 21st is the longest night of the year. It is a time to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun and the Sun God. The Lord of Light is reborn of the Goddess and most Witches light fires and candles to welcome the returning light of the Sun. As the sun reaches its weakest point, we experience the shortest day and longest night of the year. In praising the survival or rebirth of the sun, it is important to remember that darkness does not equate to evil or emptiness, but is the boundless potential of which light comes to be. The Full Moon after Yule is known to be the most powerful of the entire year.
Holly, mistletoe, boughs and wreaths are also symbols of Yule, as they have often been used to celebrate Christmas. Bright colors such as red, yellow/gold, green, and white remind us of the light within this darkest evening. During Yule, frankincense and myrrh can hover over the warm brewing cider, cookies and prepared feast. Garnet and Ruby are beautiful red gems and stones to wear or carry with you, helping to balance and align, drawing happiness and renewing the physical and spiritual body.
Symbolism of Yule:
Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future
Symbols of Yule: Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.
Herbs of Yule: Bayberry, blessed thistle, evergreen, frankincense, holly, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar.
Foods of Yule: Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail, or lamb's wool (ale, sugar, nutmeg, roasted apples).
Incense of Yule: Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon.
Colors of Yule: Red, green, gold, white, silver, yellow, orange.
Stones of Yule:Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds.
posted by Lady Abigail