Yule – A Brief History
Yuletide celebrations can be traced as far back as the late 1400s. The sacred day of Yule, or the Winter Solstice, is celebrated on December 21st, marking the longest night of the year.
The roots of Yule are of Pagan tradition, where the Wheel of the Year guides us through the ever turning passage of time. Every year as the Earth follows her path around the sun, so too does the great wheel make its rotation. Yule is at once our point of completion and renewal, death and rebirth. Our ancestors honored this passing with a festival spanning twelve nights, which began the night of Winter Solstice and lasted through the first of the calendar year.
Energetically, this season is celebrated as one of personal hibernation, when our spirits draw inward and our bodies long for rest; we restore our Life Force, and honor the sacred stillness within. Here, our bodies and souls synchronize, and we enter the New Year whole and in harmony with All That Is. As Mother Earth sits in sweet hibernation, she invites you to rest beside her. I encourage you to join me in taking stock of your harvest this year.
Alter Your Altar December tools
Evergreen Japser – Evergreen jasper carries the energy of a natural healer, nurturing the sensitive centers of yourself. It connects us deeply to potent tree medicine and druidess magic. It’s a perfect stone to work with as you go deep within this winter season. And it pays tribute to its namesake, a sacred symbol of Yule.
Prehnite with Epidote – Heal yourself as you turn within during this season of rest and reflection. And this is your stone. If there is one stone I’m never without, it’s prehnite with epidote, because it’s the only gem in the entire world known to heal the healer. Are you a mystic, intuitive, psychic, Reiki master, shaman, curandera? A nurse, a doctor, a midwife, or anyone in the medical field? As you go out into the world doing your sacred work, healing and helping others, this stone will work to heal you.
Carnelian Sphere – These carnelian spheres open and activate the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras, opening you wide to your creative and sensual potential, as well as tapping into the power and fire of the Manipura energy of the Solar Plexus. They help unlock the power within you, the Kundalini energy that sits dormant until it’s invited and summoned. As a Leo, carnelian is my totem stone. Light your soul fire this Yule by working with carnelian.
Pyrite – Pyrite is an earth element which often resonates with fire energy, symbolizing the warmth and lasting presence of the sun and the ability to generate wealth by one’s own power. This stone is masculine in nature, a stone of action, vitality and will, and taps into one’s abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion.
Rose Quartz Angels – Call in your celestial guides with the loving power of rose quartz. These were chosen as witness to the inner healing and creative work of this season.
Archangel Palm Stones – I chose these to embody the love and wisdom we seek from the heavens, materialized in Mother Earth’s great gift – healing crystals. Angels are our protectors and messengers. They watch over us and offer guidance on the path of our Highest Good. With these, marble, obsidian, jasper, and carnelian have been etched with the symbolism of Gabriel, Uriel, Michael, and Raphael. Angels are a totem of Christmas. Call upon your guides this holiday season.
Candy canes, cedar, and pine to represent the sweetness of the season, and connect us to Mother Earth and the trees of Yule.
Tea Lights and Rolled Yule or Cold Moon Candle – To call in the light and invoke the element of fire as we welcome back Grandfather Sun. Work with the fire to honor the stillness and clarity revealed in the darkness of this month. It is a time to turn inward and remember what truly matters to you. To realign your life from a heart-centered place. I envision a single candle’s flame lighting the depth of these long nights, and illuminating the wisdom she holds.
Most of all have fun with your new altar.
Please, I invite you to share photos of your Yule altar in the comments below!
Healing blessings this month, dear ones.