On the longest night of the year, as nature rests and prepares for new growth in the coming spring, we honor those who have passed from this life into spirit. We focus on our inner light, illuminating the cold darkness with hope for a brighter future.
Join me, 13 Moons and YouTube Channel Members on Dec. 22nd for a Live QA about the Yule tradition, followed by a candle ritual. Please bring a white candle and join us.
The Q&A will start at 8:00 PM EST on December 22nd and will run for about an hour. Please bring a white candle and join us by signing up for 13 Moons or by being a YouTube Channel Member.
What is Yule?
Yule, or the Winter Solstice, is a celebration to honor and give gratitude for the sun's rebirth after the shortest day of the year. It marks the turning point when days begin getting longer once again. We can see it as a symbol of life itself: darkness births light; death births new life.
The sun is reborn; it scatters the darkness, and shines onto us its light. And then the cycle of rebirth continues.
What are some of the traditions associated with Yule?
One common tradition is the Yule log. The log is often chosen for its large size and straightness, and must be free of knots. It is sometimes decorated with holly, ivy, or other evergreens, as well as ribbons, bells, and other symbols of life. It is lit on the night of Yule with seven candles. One candle is lit with each passing hour, and when the seventh candle is lit, it remains burning throughout the Twelve Nights of Yule , until Yule has ended.
Another tradition during this time is to give gifts to loved ones in celebration of abundance and fertility. Gifts are often chosen for their symbolism of life - such as candles, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
What can we do to celebrate Yule?
There are many things you can do to celebrate Yule. Here are a few ideas:
-Light a Yule log
-Decorate your home with evergreens and symbols of life
-Give gifts to loved ones
-Sing and celebrate the return of the sun
-Make food and drink offerings to the gods and goddesses
-Meditate on the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
For more information on Yule and other winter celebrations, please download the House of Witchcrafts Guide to Yule. It's packed full of information on Yule customs, recipes, and more.
Happy Yule! Wishing you all the happiness and joy this special time can bring!
And a gift for you all.
To use this coloring page:
1. Print the coloring page on an Inkjet printer (or take it to a local print shop) on regular computer paper or high quality paper (like Marker Paper). The design is 8.5 x 11 inches.
2. If you are using a standard inkjet printer, fit the page to the page by choosing "Fit to Page" under the File menu in your print dialog box. If your printer has an automatic duplexer (double-sided printing), choose that option to save paper.
3. Color the picture with crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints.
4. If you want to frame your picture, cut the outer border off with scissors.
5. Enjoy your coloring!
See y'all on the live QA.