free Yule gift plus celebration ideas
Yule ( Christmas ) is the time of year when world wide Pagans will celebrate the Winter Solstice. The Northern Hemisphere, this will be on or around December 21, but if you're below the Equator, your Yule celebration will fall in June. This Sabbat is considered the longest night of the year, and following Yule, the sun begins its long journey back to earth.
As the days slowly begin to get longer and warm up its a good time to give thanks for all we have received in the past year.
As a celebration gift to all my customers I will be giving away a spell cast and very symbolic golden OAK leaf tree decoration, with every order this week.
I have also listed my famous Yule / Christmas blessed and spell cast candles which come in a box with a red ribbon. These make wonderful gifts.
SO LETS GET PREPARED TO MAKE THE YULE ALTAR or sacred space.
Colours to choose.
There really is no right or wrong, so I have stuck with tradition this year as I find it very heart warming. But you can just as successfully use the colours of Winter, cold colours of silver, blues, whites and greys. ( think Ice Queen)
The boughs of evergreens never go out of style and pine has a very magical quality for bringing in ABUNDANCE.
I will always use pine cones even if sprayed gold ..silver or left natural.
In modern Pagan magical practice, red is often associated with passion and sexuality. However, for some people, red indicates prosperity. Red is also connected with the root chakra, located at the base of the spine. This is a grounding forse that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings.
If you're using white on your altar at Yule, consider incorporating it into rituals that focus on purification, or your own spiritual development. Hang white snowflakes and stars around your home as a way of keeping the spiritual environment clean.
Since winter solstice is the season of the sun, gold is often associated with solar power and energy. If you feel you need to celebrate the return of the sun, then hang some gold suns or my OAK LEAVES around your house as a tribute. This will honour the abundance in your life.
Your Altar cloth can reflect so much too if you wish to use one...be creative as their is no right or wrong as I always try to explain to my customers...its your intent and good thoughts that really count!!!
For those of you that have to practice in secret then please do not worry as its possible to create a sacred space which is secret and private to you. I have many customers who have pretty side board or shelves that are in fact an altar. lol!!
I have also made some handmade secret pottery Altars which are listed in the shop.
SYMBOLS OF WINTER;
As Yule is a Sabbat that celebrates the return of the sun, why not add yellow candles, anything bright and shiny can represent the sun. The candle flame its self is a tribute to the sun. You can also add evergreen boughs, sprigs of holly, pine cones, a Santa. Consider antlers or reindeer, along with other symbols of fertility.
OTHER SIGNS OF THE SEASON
There's no limit to the number of things you can put on your Yule altar, as long as you've got the space. Consider some of these items as part of your Sabbat decor:
Fruit and nuts: add bowls of winter nuts, like walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts, or fresh fruit such as oranges and apples, to your altar,
Mistletoe which symbolizes fertility and abundance, is often associated with the winter holidays around the world
Bells are often included in Pagan practice as a way of driving away evil spirits, AND OFTEN USED to call in the magical fairy realm as a method of bringing harmony to a magical space.
Your Altar can be as simple and tiny or as large and full as you want. When I practised in secret I made a tiny offering try with a crystal, candle and feather next to a pine cone and holly...perfect it worked !