Yule, is a magical time - no matter how many years pass by. It is a season to be merry and to make merry. There is love and good fellowship all around.
It is governed by a wealth of witchcraft traditions and superstitions that are followed throughout the night. TheThe Yule trees shine bright with lit firey bulbs and the glistening ornaments. Some feverishly dance around the bonefire. Kids toboggan or are outdoor skating. A few will ski across the open country, while others scatter ashes from the Yule logs to ensure bounty in the coming year. Green boughs and birch twigs are firmly placed over the doorways to prevent negative influences from entering. The large, potted, red and white poinsettas create a festive atmosphere. Ashwood burns in the fireplace to attract prosperity, and mistletoe hang to ensure blessings. Nuts are offered to attract harmony. When a nut shell is cracked and two nuts are found inside is a sign of luck in love.
Herbs, in hand sewn magical bags are given to enhance dreams and add a wonderful fragrance to the room. An oak Yule log, with candles two inches apart, nestle in boughs to evergreen, pinecones, red and green ribbons to symbolize the new born sun, burn bright on the mantle.
December 21st, the longest night and the shortest day of the witch's year, marks Winter Solstice. A time of re-birth and change. The light from the Sun is born and grows stronger to slowly warm the cold days of winter. There is a feeling of connection as all celebrate the longest night and shortest day of the year.
After tonight the Sun will rise earlier and earlier, then stay longer spreading its light to create life at the Dawning Time.
Just as autumn yields to winter, so does winter recede to to the awakening of spring.
Witches with the turning of the seasonal wheel graduate into the next phase of human development. We gained knowledge over the past year to manage our lives while guided by Spirit. We gain character and demension, depth and strength to our personal individuality.