Yule correspondences

Yule: A Very Merry Sabbat

Yule is celebrated at the winter solstice which can occur between December 20th and the 23rd in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the longest night of the year bringing about the promise of the returning strength of the sun. This Sabbat is celebrated with much joy as the Sun God, otherwise known as the Oak King, is reborn upon the next morning.

Some of the traditions known to Yule include the battle of the Oak and Holly Kings. The Holly King reigns over the dark half of the year and the Oak King reigns over the light half. During many Yule celebrations one can witness the reenactment of this duel between these two aspects of the God. The Oak King defeats the Holly King within battle taking his rightful place upon the throne until the return of the Holly King at Midsummer.

Another tradition (and my personal favorite) is wassailing. Wassail is a traditional Yule beverage which contains cloves, cinnamon, apples, and oranges. It’s a cider which one can either create with or without alcohol. My top choices for alcohol would be spiked cider, mead, or wine. However, rum and whiskey would be a close second. Below, is one such recipe for Wassail.

Other traditions include decorating the home with holly and ivy. This was thought to appease the Nature Sprites and create an inviting atmosphere for them to celebrate as well. Within my own tradition, we cast a sprig of holly upon the fire created from the Yule log and make a wish. The Yule log is traditionally made from Ash. It is said that the log must never be bought but should be either harvested from the land of the owner or given as a gift. Before setting it afire, the log is decorated with holly and other greenery, sprinkled with cider, and then dusted with flour or the ash from the previous Yule log.

Modern practitioners of the Craft and Paganism tend to use the Yule log as a base to hold three candles. These candles can be white, gold and silver, red and green, or representative of deities. The base of the log is then decorated with ivy, holly, berries, and other decorations for the season.

Many may recognize these symbols of Yule being represented within the Christian holiday of Christmas. These symbols include decorating a tree for the home as well as using holly, ivy, and mistletoe. Even Santa Claus, reindeer, and gifting presents are linked to Pagan roots. Below are some correspondences associated with Yule for your next ritual!

Symbolism: Yule Tree, Yule Log, Rebirth, Darkness and Light, Wassail, Holly and Oak King

Goddesses: Aphrodite, Fortuna, Gaia, Hel, Holla, Idun, Ishtar, Isis, Maat, Tiamat, Brighid, Diana, Demeter, Freya, Hertha

Gods: Apollo, Attis, Balder, Bragi, Dionysus, The Green Man, Helios, Janus, Lugh, Mabon, Marduk, Mithras, Odin, Ra, Saturn, Surya, Cronos, Horus, Holly King, Horned God, Oak King

Colors: Gold, Green, Red, White, Silver

Herbs: Chamomile, Rosemary, Ivy, Sage, Bay, Bayberry, Frankincense, Juniper, Mistletoe, Moss, Oak, Pine, Cedar, Evergreen, Blessed Thistle, MyrrhIncense: Bayberry, Frankincense, Myrrh

Gems: Alexandrite, Bloodstone, Blue Topaz, Cat’s Eye, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Garnet, Ruby

Animals: Bear, Boar, Deer, Pig, Squirrel, Tiger, Wolf, Elk, Moose, Raven, Owl, Wren

Foods: Bread, Caraway Cakes, Cookies, Cream, Fruits, Fruit Cake, Nuts, Soups, Squash, Turkey, Poultry, Pork, Beer, Egg Nog, Spiced Cider, Wassail, Wine, Mead, Cinnamon Tea

Decorations: Bells, Candles, Evergreen, Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe, Pine Cones, Snowmen, Reindeer, Snowflakes, Yule Log, Wreaths, Sun

Magickal Intentions: Darkness, Divination, Light, Messages/Omens, Rebirth, Transformation, Purification, Renewal

Wheel of the Year

General Information

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The pagan year begins with Samhain on October 31 and ends with the sundown on October 30. Each holiday is also called sabbat. They are celebrated to honor a given time of the year.

Samhain

Also known as All Hallows’ Eve, Halloween.

Time: October 31 (start of the pagan new year).

Colors: orange, brown, black, gold, white, silver.

Yule

Time: Winter Solstice. December 21.

Colors: green, red, gold, silver, white.

Imbolc

Also known as Candlemas, Brighid’s Day/

Time: around February 2.

Colors: white, pink, yellow, red.

PS. Sorry for bad typo in the photo :( 

Ostara

Also known as Eostre (‘ehs-truh’)  - Goddess of Spring.

Time: Spring Equinox. March 20 (or 21).

Colors: light greens and blues, yellow and pink.

Beltane

Also known as Roodmas, Walpurgisnacht, May Day.

Time: May 1.

Colors: green, blue, pink, white, yellow, purple.

Litha

Also known as Midsummer Night’s Eve.

Time: Summer Solstice. (Approx.) June 21.

Colors: Pale Yellow, Green, Gold, White

Lammas

Also known as Lughnasadh.

Time: August 1 through August 2 (first harvest of the year).

Colors: Yellow, Brown, Orange, Green, Gold.

Mabon

Also known as Alban Elfed, Mean Fomhair.

Time: Autumn Equinox, around September 21.

Colors: Red, brown, orange, gold.


*Edit: Removed pronunciation examples ad there were too many mistakes. Waiting for your examples in the comments!

Info YULE Appreciate #2

Originally posted by whitewit-ch

Animals of Yule

  • Deer
  • Owls
  • Stags
  • Wrens + Ravens
  • Bears
  • Snow Geese

Foods of Yule

  • Cinnamon cakes
  • Dried fruits
  • Apple cider
  • Mulled wine
  • Gingerbread
  • Roasted/Spiced meats

Goddess Correspondences

  • Aphrodite (Greek)
  • Brigid (Celtic)
  • Demeter (Greek)
  • Holle (Norse)
  • Isis (Egyptian)
  • Fortuna (Roman)

Gods Correspondences

  • Dagda (Celtic)
  • Apollo (Greek)
  • Lugh (Celtic)
  • Balder (Norse)
  • Horus (Egyptian)
  • Sol (Roman)

Essence of Yule

  • Rebirth
  • Light out of darkness
  • Inner renewal
  • Honor
  • Transformation

Oils of Yule

  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Orange
  • Pine
  • Wintergreen
  • Cedar 

**This list is not absolute and just my opinions**

Yule Resource Masterpost

Originally posted by butteryplanet

A collection of categorized links for your Yule needs! What is Yule? [X] Yule is celebrated on slightly different days depending on who you ask, but the broad spectrum is: December 20th to January 1st.

 The basics:

Yule Crafts:

Yule Recipes:

Yule Spells:

Yule Tarot Spreads:

Other:

Yule/Winter Solstice Personal Correspondences

As the year reaches it’s end and towards it’s final day of darkness, the sun’s cycle is renewed and we experience a moment of rebirth as we return towards the light! As we edge closer to the end of the year, frost blooms on dead leaves, light flurries fill the icy air and many lights are lit to bring joy where it’s dark and cold. The solstice is a time to welcome this heavy season approaching with honoring life, togetherness, friendship and love through generosity. As the harvest season is gone and we are left with what we have reaped, we share our goods with our very close loved ones in the spirit of togetherness and to express our love and unity through giving. Plants like holly, mistletoe, rose hips, evergreen and other pines are cherished for their abilities to heal and to resist cold and prosper through winter. Songs are sang to promote unity and bonding with loved ones. It’s a time of sharing and there are many traditions across the northern hemisphere that share these similar practices with Winter Solstice and often have a feast with the family.


Yule - Winter Solstice

December 21st (2016)

Colors:

  • Crimson red
     for life, vitality, bonding
  • Evergreen
    for life as well, but nature wise and prosperity through winter
  • Pearly White
    for winter
  • Gold
    I use gold in every sabbat though so I’m unsure if this even counts but here it can represent the sun’s rebirth


Crystals:

  • Clear Quartz
    to help amplify the good energy

  • Angel Aura Quartz
    to help lift everyone’s spirits

  • Red Tourmaline
    harmony, love, balance

  • Flourite
    balancing, grounding and harmonizing

  • Chrysocolla
    New Beginnings, Rebirth, Love, Healing 


Herbs and Plants:

  • Ginger
  • Currants
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Cinnamon
  • Pine
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Cranberries
  • Pomegranate
  • Cedar
  • Nutmeg
  • Chestnut
  • Rosehips


Animals:

  • Reindeer (primarily)
  • Snowy Owls
  • Mice (Especially White ones)


Decorations:

  • Pine Garland
  • Pine cones
  • frost
  • silvery or golden leaves especially if misted with frost
  • holly
  • mistletoe


Instruments & Music:

  • Bells
    I mean any holiday music with jingling bells becomes very seasonally cheerful.

Fragrance & Incense:

  • Peppermint
  • Cedar and Cinnamon (together smells like a Yule tree!)
  • Pine
  • Cinnamon
  • Baked Sugar
  • Pomegranate


Food:

  • For Vegetables I like to use Kale and Potatoes as that dominates my seasonal winter cuisine anyway. Mashed Potatoes always has it’s place in the Yule feast. I like to use winter squashes like butternut squash especially when making stews butternut really comes through. Chestnut makes amazing stuffing as a side or a puree similar to mashed potatoes. You would prepare it the same way as mashed potatoes as well (boil the nuts to make them easy to peel, boil the flesh until soft, blend with water and spices, mix with heavy cream then you are done!) 

  • For fruits I heavily associate cranberry and pomegranate with Yule. Maybe because pomegranate is what’s in stores seasonally by me and every year my mom brings a massive pack from costco. (Also there is lore with this seed and having to do with the darker parts of the year) It’s beautifully red and makes great decorations as well and it’s seeds can be used to decorate cheese and other desserts or be put in salads. Same with cranberry, and the combination of cranberry and ginger (which ginger helps elevate colds and warms the body) can make very festive tasting sparkling drinks or hot toddies. I like to use pear too for poached pears in red wine. I just discovered recently that roses produce fruit at the end of the year which are known as rose hips which are excellent for vitamin C. They are beautiful and make for great decorations as well. 

  • For the main dish traditionally my family always stuck to a roast like roast beef so roast beef has always been connected to this holiday for me.

  • I sometimes feel like fighting people when they ask me what a Yule Log is. Like How dare you??? (I am just kidding I know not everyone has had the same childhood christmases as me but the Yule Log was my favorite part of the dinner and I would fight my siblings over the meringue mushrooms on there). Anyway ALL Yule feasts deserve the most EXTRAVAGANT and BEEAUTIFUL Yule logs with all the gorgeous softly powdered meringue mushrooms and green chocolate holly leaves and over the top wintery naturesque decorations as possible on the most naturey cake ever. Yule logs are so important to the Yule Feast it needs its own bullet. 
  • Also for dessert there is the classic puddings, rum cakes and red velvet is a very American dessert that has stuck with me but red velvet cakes or cookies is a must. I mentioned poached pears before but like the candied apples of the fall celebrations, the poached pears is the treat for the Winter Solstice. Also hot cinnamon rolls with nice creamy icing get me in the spirit.

  • For sweets there are sugar cookies especially the ones decorated with icing. Other great cookie flavors would be gingerbread and red velvet and cinnamon sugar ones like the snickerdoodles. Candy canes are very wintery to me even though they are said to have a christian origin. If you don’t want anything too christian in your Yule celebration for the fact that you are not christian, then maybe make peppermint wands instead of candy canes or just avoid the candy all together. There are other peppermint red and white candies anyway you can slip into gifts or use as dessert toppers. Chocolate, caramel and toffee are classic sweets but what I associate with this sabbat are peppermint toads that I make every year for friends. Probably because Christmas was such a big deal in Harry Potter, but also since I bought the frog chocolate molds you can be creative with your chocolate creations and make different chocolate frogs (like white chocolate oreo, milk chocolate peanut butter, white chocolate peppermint etc etc) and drop them into warm steamed glasses of milk to make hot chocolate creations. It makes for sweet creative little gifts.

  • For Drinks there is Eggnog of course. Mulled wine is a great option to have but what I really would love to try to do is the German classic Feuerzangenbowle where you have a flaming chunk of sugar over a cauldron of wine that makes it look like you are serving spiced liquor from a goblet of fire to your heathen guests. There is also always hot toddies and for non alcoholic options there is cranberry juice and ginger cider.
☽ Yule Dipping Oil

A bit of food magic to bring in the new year and celebrate Yule this December 21st. Using correspondences to well wishes and love, this recipe is great for family gatherings and warmth.


Ingredients:

  • Olive oil 
  • 1 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Dried oregano
  • Bread


To Begin:

Light a red candle and combine the oil, vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir clockwise to draw peace and prosperity in, add the chopped herbs and stir the mixture again. Cut the bread loaf into bite-sized pieces, blow out the candle and enjoy with friends and family.

A love spell for Christmas Day ☕

Originally posted by xmas-wonderland

Requested by @blue-serendipity

Nothing says romance to me like hot chocolate with a loved one, cuddled up by the fire on Christmas night.

As Christmas falls on Tuesday this year, we will focus on invoking the power of Mars, and create a cocoa for the passion and vitality that comes from a fiery romance.

Ingredients:

  • Red candles
  • 2  ½ Cups of milk to summon nurturing (or almond milk, for love)
  • 3.5 Oz of dark chocolate, for romance
  • 1 Tsp of cinnamon, for love and prosperity
  • ¼ Tsp of cayenne, for love and passion
  • 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, for sweetness, comfort, and love
  • Optional - marshmallows, for fun and playfulness

Directions:

  1. Light two red candles with your right hand, focusing on the love you are bringing to you.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat milk to simmering on medium high heat. Be careful not to burn the milk, lest you be burned by your lover. Stir often, clockwise, imagining yourself being enveloped with nurturing.
  3. Remove from heat and add all other ingredients one at a time, stirring clockwise three times, and focusing on the intent of each ingredient.
  4. After the ingredients have melted together, serve in a red mug, and top with marshmallow, shaved chocolate, and cinnamon powder. Drink with both hands, and imagine being surrounded by the warmth of your love, the sweetness it will bring to your lips, the warmth you will feel in your belly. Press the mug to your lips and drink it in, letting it coat your tongue and envelop you fully.

A special reminder:

Be careful when dealing with fire and alcohol. Please do not use love spells on people directly. This spell is to call love to you, to let the universe know you are ready to be enveloped by warmth and passion. This can also be enjoyed with a partner to invite heat and passion into your relationship.

As always, please drink and cast responsibly!

Yule ornaments 🎄

They come in a set of 3 all sealed with beautiful pyrite ✨ The 1st ornament is an herbal blend of rose petals, lavender, rosemary, pine, mistletoe and sage. The 2nd ornament is filled with sage, holly leaves, pine, a cinnamon stick and 2 quartz crystals. The 3rd ornament is layered with marigold flowers i picked up in Poland 🇵🇱, star anise, rose petals and juniper berries. Each of these plants correspond to Yule in someway or were harvested before they died and added for beauty (the rose & lavender).

Sweet Yule Bread

You need:

75g of figs   ~ love, divination, fertility
75g of raisins ~ prosperity, wealth
75g of dates ~ fortune, protection, healing
50g of honey ~ lust, love, spirituality
1 lemon ~  happiness, health, purification
2 eggs ~ rebirth, life 
100g flour ~ consistency
100g ground hazelnuts ~ luck, mental powers, wisdom
1 teaspoon cinnamon ~ healing, protection, luck
1 teaspoon baking soda ~ raising energy
5 tablespoons of orange juice ~ peace prosperity
5 tablespoons of whiskey ~ change, health

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees (celsius) and cut figs and dates in tiny pieces

2. Soak the cut figs, dates and (whole) raisins in 5 tbs whiskey and 5 tbs orange juice

3. Mix flour, hazelnuts, eggs, cinnamon, baking soda and honey together until you have a rather liquid dough

4. Mix the soaked fruits with your dough and grate the skin of your lemon into your dough

5. Bake for about 45 minutes (until it’s gold brown, otherwise it will get too dry)

Subtle Yule Witching - 3 - Tree Ornaments ✨🎄✨

The Holiday season is one of those magical times of year where witches can go about their witching and go unnoticed if they wish to since many modern Christmas traditions either have Pagan/witchy roots or can easily be made magical simply by doing things with purpose and intention. 

I’ll be posting a series of posts on Subtle Yule Witching throughout the season and I’ll be making a master post that links to them all. If you have any suggestions for other areas of the season that could be made witchy, feel free to suggest them! 

Remember that correspondences are a rather personal thing. While historical uses are important, I mainly write correspondence lists based on the energies I feel and medicinal uses of the item. You may not get the same feeling as I do from an item, and that’s totally okay.

*Links to the other posts in this series at the bottom, updating as they’re posted*

Tree decorating is probably the easiest witchy thing to do during the holidays. The act of decorating an evergreen tree with sentimental objects is inherently magical. Try and touch, physically and energetically, each ornament that holds any significance for you. Visualize the positive memories that they hold being preserved and cleansed by the tree’s energy. You can do this super subtly by just looking like you’re admiring each ornament as you put it on the tree without even looking like you’re being witchy.

Sentimental ornaments have a lot of power. Imbue them with a little bit of yourself each year by giving them the attention they deserve and thinking back to your past winters with this ornament. Think about the symbolism of each and use that to your advantage when visualizing what you intend them to do for you. List of correspondences below.

The lights strung on the tree can act in much the same way candles do to amplify and project the nostalgic, safe, warm and loving energy throughout your home.

I also love making witch ball ornaments! Though it’s not quite a subtle as some things, they can be made with solid coloured glass balls (or painted on the inside) so you wouldn’t even know it’s a witch ball! Here’s a little tutorial on those and another one with specific recipes!

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Here’s a few common ornament symbols and what intent I see corresponding with them:

  • Angel - Protection, purity, guidance
  • Bells - banishing, protection, cleansing, moving stagnant energy
  • Birds - Joy, ability to move away from negativity or harsh conditions
  • Dove - Peace, harmony, light energies, flying above the ‘noise’
  • Flowers - Abundance, fertility, beauty
  • Fruit - abundance, fertility, love, nourishment (physical and emotional,)
  • Hearts - Love, warmth, protection for loved ones
  • Mittens/Gloves - Warmth, comfort, keeping a warm heart doing ‘cold’ times
  • Music Notes - Enjoying life, hearing the ‘music’ in every day life
  • Musical Instruments - Making music for others, compassion, empathy, feeling deeply
  • Mushrooms - thriving quietly, growth through less-than-ideal circumstances, bringing work to fruition
  • Nutcracker - Protection, ‘cracking’ a hard case.. like a tough problem you can’t figure out
  • Pickle - extra ‘gifts’ in the future, luck, psychic sight (it doesn’t actually have German roots!)
  • Pine Cones - protection, cleansing, new beginnings, clean breaks, grounding, growth, fertility, warding evil from sacred spaces
  • Reindeer/Deer - Connection to nature, self-love/being gentle to yourself and others, peaceful group dynamics,
  • Santa - joy, generosity, recapturing childhood
  • Snowflake - Unique beauty, appreciating the small things, unifying all the small parts of your life into a functional whole
  • Snowman - Fleeting joy, appreciating whats here and now, not being bothered by the ‘cold’ (Seasonal depression, cold shoulders from others, or whatever other negative thing seems to effect you)
  • Stars - Generosity with your light, bringing the spotlight to you, reaching your goals
  • Tinsel (garlands or loose) - letting yourself shine bright, inviting fun into your life, plus the correspondences of whatever colour you’re using (DO NOT use loose tinsel if you have any pets!)
  • Trees - Deep roots (gaining energy from the earth or feeling your origins or ancestry) connection to nature, thriving in harsh conditions

Subtle Yule Witching - 1 - Decorating with Plants ✨🌿🌲✨

Subtle Yule Witching - 2 - Candles ✨🕯✨

Yule 2018 Witch’s Ball

Ingredients :

Myrtle Beach sand, teeny unicorn horn shells, needles from this year’s Christmas tree, dried rose petals, dried thistle, a bay leaf, a stick of cinnamon, a pearl, cloves, dried rosemary sprig, dried orange peel, pink sea salt, sage essential oil, a small mussel shell, rose quartz chips, quartz chips, pine cone chips, ginko leaf