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Patti Wigington

Yule Countdown: Winter Solstice Magic

By December 8, 2013

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If you're in the northern hemisphere, it's winter time right now, and you're gearing up for Yule. The winter solstice is a magical time of year, so why not take advantage of some of that seasonal energy? Many of Yule's themes focus on rebirth and renewal, as the sun makes its way back to the earth. Focus on this time of new beginnings with your magical workings.

  • Magical Yule Colors: During the Yule season, it's not uncommon to see the colors of red, green, white and gold everywhere. Use the symbolism of these colors into your magical practice during your winter solstice celebrations.
  • Snow Magic: When winter rolls around, in some parts of the world there is an abundance of wonderful white stuff - snow! If you live in one of those areas, it makes sense to take advantage of snow's natural properties and work those energies into your magical endeavors.
  • Yule Plum Pudding: Looking for a bit of Yule magic to add to your menu? Why not try a traditional plum pudding, which is said to bring good fortune your way in the coming new year?
  • Yule Spell Ornament: If you're hanging up ornaments for Yule, make some of them magical. Use basic craft supplies to create a magical spell ornament for your Yule decorations!


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December 17, 2010 at 8:17 am
(1) jslou67 says:

Just wondering if you, Patti, or if anyone reading this has any suggestions for rituals regarding the Yule/Solstice lunar eclipse? Should be a lot of great energy! :)

[I had posted this on your Facebook page earlier in the week, but no responses so far]

December 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(2) Labrys says:

I am enjoying ivory and gold this year and made several sets of magical ornaments to give as gifts. I used glass balls and instead of filling them, I painted them with the sorts of glass paints used to mimic stained glass work.

I made one set of primitive pentacles, each with a center for a different element, I made several ivory and white ornaments with snowflake designs or rayed decorations based on the number four for material security. And finally, I used several bulbs to produce bright gilded solar images to symbolize and encapsulate the power of Sol Invictus.

I’m not the best artist, but I am happy with my results!

December 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(3) Jeanne says:

Our Solstice celebration every year begins with the burning of the old yule log. A box of tea lights is passed around for everyone to take a moment to hold and put some of their good energy of wishes, hopes and dreams into the box of candles. Each person present reads a poem or a short reading or story. A guided meditation takes place. Reflection comes next, where we each write down that which we want to release or let go of. We take turns approaching the fire and releasing those written thoughts into the flames. With much fanfare we celebrate the bringing in of the new yule log (all finely decorated by the children) by the youngest participant in the group, usually a child. More poems, etc. are read. Then a time for contemplation of what we each want to work on in the new year, what we want to bring in for the new year. This is also written down on a piece of paper. Again we each approach the fire and release our new desires to the flames. The box of candles is passed around for each person to pick one out of the box. (On the bottom of each candle a Rune has been drawn before the winter solstice ceremony takes place.) A couple of books with the meaning of each Rune is available for everyone, to have a look at the Rune they have on the bottom of their candle. The Rune is symbolic of the tool or an understanding of the work ahead in manifesting your hopes, dreams, desires in the new year. Before the new year begins, we each take the time to burn our candle and symbolically set the Rune in motion. Following is dessert, and singing. this is a very beautiful ceremony that we have been participating in for many years. Happy Solstice

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