Honestly my favorite thing about the holiday season is when Christians are like, “Yes, first we must ritualistically cut down a tree, bring it indoors, and decorate it with lights and symbols that are meaningful to us. Then, we will all light candles and chant and sing together. But don’t forget to leave out an offering the night before, so that the amalgamation of various folk characters will be pleased, and bless us with gifts! This is totally Christian, and absolutely what Jesus would have wanted, in a month not related to his birth!”

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You cannot hide in the darkness” — @thebandghost 💀
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Part of my holiday tradition is spoiling myself

so consider yourselves warned that posts are coming chronicling just how I spoil myself this time of year. Why spoil yourself you ask? Since my recent divorce I’ve been replacing some old traditions with new and better ones. Out with the old, in with the new! It’s really about learning to be good to myself. I used to spend quite a bit of money on my s.o, but things change and I thought I’d start the yearly tradition of spoiling myself with witchy gifts. Holidays are opportunities to show yourself some self-love. 

We’re having a giveaway!

All through the month of December, we are giving away spirit bindings! That’s right! A lucky person will get a totally free binding every week! But there’s a catch, of course! ;) You must be a member of our Chaos Forum.

If you’re interested in the paranormal and love the idea of free stuff, come join! Our December giveaway isn’t the only festivity we do a year. We host free bindings of all kinds every month! Our points markeplace right now is teaming with legitimate conjurers offering wonderfully festive spirits this month, so come check it out!

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PSA: YEW IS LETHALLY TOXIC. DO NOT BURN.

A message to witches/pagans/lumberjacks out there: As Christmas/Yuletide comes around I know you’re going to want to burn Yew for both its ceremonial properties and it’s slow burn, but please remember that it is a HIGHLY TOXIC tree with VERY toxic smoke. Fatalities in livestock, children, and even some adults have occurred for CENTURIES because of the handling and burning of this wood. I mean, death due to this stuff dates back to the Roman times and further! I would avoid it in the fires as much as I could.

Celebrate Yule

Outside:

  • Leave out birdseed ornaments as offerings to the season
  • If snowing, play in the snowfall to appreciate the changing season or collect some for snow water
  • After the sun has gone down, burn a yule log in a bonfire
  • Take some friends and go wassailing

In the Home:

  • Make stovetop potpourri as an alternative to incense 
  • DIY gifts with your witch skills for your friends and family 
  • Read a winter solstice tarot spread for yourself
  • Decorate your holiday tree, blessing the ornaments with good energy
  • Hang mistletoe for protection and (consensual!) kisses

In the Kitchen:

In the Bath:

  • Bathe with fresh orange slices and frankincense and myrrh essential oils for a prosperity ritual bath
  • Take a lazy witch holiday LUSH bath (our suggestions here
  • Do a pre-solstice ritual bath with essential oils
  • Make winter spice bath bombs and enchant them for prosperity

On your Altar:

  • Use colors like reds, greens, whites, and metallic colors
  • Add holly, pine, ivy, mistletoe, juniper, or cedar for some greenery
  • Decorate with a yule wish bottle to for some easy magic
  • Represent the seasonal harvest with oranges, pears, nuts, and berries
  • Incorporate snowflake obsidian, clear quartz, or bloodstone

The Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals, observed by many modern Pagans. It consists of either four or eight festivals: either the solstices and equinoxes, known as the “quarter days”, or the four midpoints between, known as the “cross quarter days”.

The festivals celebrated by differing sects of modern Paganism can vary considerably in name and date. Observing the cycle of the seasons has been important to many people, both ancient and modern, and many contemporary Pagan festivals are based to varying degrees on folk traditions.

In many traditions of modern Pagan cosmology, all things are considered to be cyclical, with time as a perpetual cycle of growth and retreat tied to the Sun’s annual death and rebirth.

Yule/Winter Solstice: a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christian reformulation resulting in the now better-known Christmastide. A celebration the beginning of longer days, as this is the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight. 

Imbolc: the first cross-quarter day following Midwinter this day falls on the first of February and traditionally marks the first stirrings of spring. It is time for purification and spring cleaning in anticipation of the year’s new life. 

For Celtic pagans, the festival is dedicated to the goddess Brigid, daughter of The Dagda and one of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Among witches reclaiming tradition, this is the  time for pledges and dedications for the coming year.

Ostara/Spring Equinox: from this point on, days are longer than the nights. Many mythologies, regard this as the time of rebirth or return for vegetation gods and celebrate the spring equinox as a time of great fertility.

Germanic pagans dedicate the holiday to their fertility goddess, Ostara. She is notably associated with the symbols of the hare and egg. Her Teutonic name may be etymological ancestor of the words east and Easter.

Beltrane: traditionally the first day of summer in Ireland, in Rome the earliest celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. 

Since the Christianization of Europe, a more secular version of the festival has continued in Europe and America. In this form, it is well known for maypole dancing and the crowning of the Queen of the May.

Litha/Summer Solstice: one of the four solar holidays, and is considered the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the sun shines longest.

Luchnassad/Lammas: It is marked the holiday by baking a figure of the god in bread and eating it, to symbolize the sanctity and importance of the harvest. Celebrations vary, as not all Pagans are Wiccans.  

The name Lammas (contraction of loaf mass) implies it is an agrarian-based festival and feast of thanksgiving for grain and bread, which symbolizes the first fruits of the harvest. Christian festivals may incorporate elements from the Pagan Ritual.

Mabon/Autumn Equinox: a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.

Samhain: considered by some as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets, and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited to attend the festivities. It is seen as a festival of darkness, which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the festival of Beltane, which is celebrated as a festival of light and fertility.