The December Solstice is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2015, winter begins on December 21, 11:48P.M. EST.
Each Sabbat - the eight holidays of a year is a time to reflect and renewal. Yule, brings a focus on hearth and home. We celebrate the joy of family, friends and our community. We elaborately decorate with ornaments and sparkling lights to add grace and beauty to our living space. We adorn the front door with a festive wreath. A great magickal place of your own; blessed and happy a space to share with others. We support the less fortunate than ourselves, by giving of our time or in their basic living needs.
Yule, we experience our innocence. Our imagination is reborn. Are mind and heart our open to wondrous miracles. We see the world through our child's eye, again.
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We deck our halls and our porches and our garage roofs with lights to ward off the dark. We celebrate the rebirth of the light on this longest night. The Winter Solstice, a time of peace and goodwill. During this cold barren time we bring greenery to symbolize life. We use bright colors, depictions of a bountiful harvest, and place presents to ward off want or the fear of want.
On the Solstice night itself, light as many candles as you safely can in your space. A half an hour before the witching hour, extinguish all of them. Sit in the dark. Sit with the past. Acknowledge what went right, and what went wrong. Accept the experiences were something that needed to experience on your journey in life. And then imagine the future you desire. How might you make that happen? Understand that you are the creator in your life. You are what you think you. You are your emotions. What you feel on the inside, will bubble and simmer to the surface. If you are at peace with your choices - they hurt none, may you Yule, wish be granted and may your New Year be filled with many Blessings! Five minutes before the clock strikes midnight, relight candles, move around clockwise, to symbolize the turn of the wheel back toward more daylight, your own enlightenment.
Pagan solstice carols are Deck The Halls, The Holly and The Ivy, Joy to the World and Go A Wassailing. Hang little bells on the Yule tree to call the spirits and fairies. For prosperity, burn ash wood, Feed the birds Yule morn, give to the less fortunate than you. Consecrate the Yule Tree, spray with salt water, pass smoke of incense through the branches, and walk around the tree with lighted candles and say "By fire, water, air, and earth. I consecrate this tree of rebirth."
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YULE is the first Pagan Sabbat, the first day of winter and a common pagan New Year. Most usually it falls on the 21st of December. How did pagan Yule become Christian Christmas?