Yule Celebrating The Winter Solstice

Introduction

Many belief systems have some kind of way to celebrate this time of year. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, you name it. Pagans have their name for this time of year as well and they call it Yule. This time of year is celebrated around December 21, it takes place on Winter Solstice and boy is this day a unique and special day for many.

This day is of light. What I mean by that is that light is an important factor for this Sabbath. Some may find it more important than others. Yule for Wiccans may be the time when the Goddess gives forth again to the birth of a child, this child is and will be a child, and eventually a lover as well as a father of the next child in the cycle. For Pagans this Sabbath is a time of feasting, exchanging of gifts and even for cleansing. Out with the old and in with the new.

In this hub you will get a glance into the history of Yule and you will discover what date it falls on this year as well.

History

Yule began in the Northern Hemisphere, so it seems. The foundation there seems to be firm. No matter what the culture is they all shared the same idea that this was the time to celebrate the birth of a God by a Goddess.

The Norse people believed that this was a time for feasting, a time to celebrate, a jolly time. It's believed that customs such as the yule log, the Christmas tree, and wassailing came from the Norse.

It's believed that the Celtics during this time of the year would sacrifice a white bull and would also gather mistletoe. In Ireland there'd be lamps left to burn all night, this would also take place else where near the area. There'd be a single candle burning in the Window at Christmas Eve that the youngest one of the household would light.

The Romans called this time of year Saturnalia. They would deck their homes with boughs and trees, even sometimes bushes. This was where people would give each other presents. Servants and slaves were fed great meals by their masters who would serve them at the table.

Yule is a time to have a kind heart. To give. To love. To be happy. To cleanse.

Alter Set Up

Colors of this Sabbath include blue shades, white, and different shades of silver however it's always nice to incorporate the holiday colors. You may add a splash of green and red as well. Your alter cloth should be that of a cooler shade like that of the blue, white or silver. The candles then can be different colors.

It's always good to add symbols of the Sabbath to your alter. A gold disk is a symbol of yule because it represents the sun. Yule is said to be of the idea of the sun returning so it's a symbol you may want to use. You can use a pillar candle and inscribe it with solar symbols or even use anything that is shiny to represent the sun. Pine cones, evergreen boughs, springs of holly, and a yule log are of coarse good ideas. Even mistletoe toe and some even choose to use Santa Clause. You may also want to consider fruits/nuts, candy canes, and bells to add. You can use whatever you like as long as you have the room.


Ideas To Celebrate

Of course yule is about enjoying yourself so spent some time with your family and feast, give gifts, have a great time. Out side of that you may want to spend some time with your magical group, or alone either to cleanse your home. This time can be about getting rid of all of the old energies and beginning anew.

You may choose to hold a yule log ceremony as well.

Preform your ritual based on your traditions. Each witch/pagan/wiccan has his/her different tradition so this may vary. That is why I choose not to give way words or any information. In my opinion as well as many others it's always best to come up with your own ritual anyway.


Yule 2011

Yule 2011 falls on December 22. This is they day to celebrate yule folks. Keep in mind this day can change each year so keep an eye on this.

Conclusion

Yule is not one Sabbath I used to be great time in before. I never really was all that fond of this time of year but I have grown so much spiritually through out this past year and I feel a need to celebrate it, with in my own way at least recognize Yule. It may help me feel just as wonderful as I did on Samhain after all.

Happy Holidays everyone. Merry Yule. Blessed be!

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Hey, Cresentmoon. Wonderful hub again. I did want to point out something that I noticed...you are referring to Yule as a "sabbath"...I believe it's actually "sabbat" with no h on the end...unless maybe this is a different way of saying sabbat? You don't have to post this comment if you don't want to either. :) I voted up and awesome.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Kitty there are a couple of different ways you can spell Sabbaths. Some people prefer Sabbat, however the correct way and the way that is in the dictionary is Sabbath. The h is silent.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Oh and thank you for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)


4youreyes 5 years ago

Cresentmoon,

I enjoyed reading your hub. I'm always interested in the different ways people celebrate their beliefs. I'm always surprised at how much some beliefs are alike when you really start looking at the foundation of what they believe. We just don't all practice or celebrate it the same way

Have A Good Evening !


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

4youreyes,

You are very right how many beliefs are similar if you look at their foundations. I think that's why I love researching religions, both ancient and modern day. However I must admit that I do find ancient beliefs more fascinating. Glad to see you enjoyed it. Thank you for reading.


V Qisya 5 years ago

Very interesting hub! I enjoy reading it. Thank you for sharing ;D Voted up


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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

Hello, I like learning about religion, especially their origins. In so many religions, the "conquering" people would incorporate the indigenous culture's religion so that the "new" religion would be better accepted. I think that is why so many religions have so many similarities. Thank you so much for so much new information in a well written hub.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you V for reading glad you found it to be interesting. Cyndi10, that may be why there are similarities. Thank you for reading. Glad you liked it.

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