This is also the Winter Solstice. This is the time of the rebirth of the Sun God. It is the longest night (or shortest day) of the year, but yet it is filled with the promise of lengthening days of light to come.
The winter solstice has long been celebrated as the birth of the sun, of light, of life itself. It is a time for introspection, contemplation and planning for the future. Yule means “Yoke of the Year”, celebrated as the seed time of the year, the longest night and birth time of the new Sun King OR Son of God. On this darkest of nights, the Goddess becomes the Great Mother and once again gives birth.
Celebrated all over the world and in different cultures including the festival of Winter Solstice and the Christian festival of Christmas (US, Ireland, Britain, Europe), Yule (North Germanic, Scandinavians).
When: December 21, 22
Season: Winter Solstice
Represents: Rebirth “Sun standing still”
Virtues: Intention, Peace, Contemplation, Introspection
Symbols: Boughs, Trees, Mistletoe, Yule Log, Green Man
Gemstone: Quartz, Clear Quartz, Snow White Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian
Color: Gold, White, Violet
Essential Oils: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ginger, Myrrh, Peppermint, Pine, Sandalwood
Remedies: Angelic Root, Cayenne, Lemon, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Peppermint
Flowers: Holly Berry, Mistletoe, Narcissus, Pine, Paper White, Poinsettia
Life Event: Peace, Power
Lunar: Oak Moon or Cold Moon
Body Healing: Peace
Mind Healing: Mindfulness
Spirit Healing: Sacred Spirit
Yule Meditation: Outside/Inside
Yule Connections: Resin Incense, Celtic Candles, Essential Oil Blends, Celtic Amulets, Celtic Crystals, Celtic Astrology