Yule Correspondences

December 1st, 2008

Lesser Sabbat – Winter Solstice, circa Dec 21

Other Names:
Jul (“wheel”, Old Norse), Saturnalia(Rome ~December 17 & 18), Yuletide(Teutonic), Midwinter, Fionn’s Day, Alban

    • Art

  • huan, Christmas (Christian~December 25), Xmas, Festival of Sol, Solar/Secular/Pagan New Year

    Animals/Mythical beings:

    yule goat (nordic), reindeer stag, squirrels, yule cat, Sacred White Buffalo, Kallikantzaroi-ugly chaos monsters(greek), trolls, phoenix, yule elf, jule gnome, squirrels, wren/robin

    Gemstones:
    cat’s eye, ruby, diamond, garnet, bloodstone

    Incense/Oils:

    bayberry, cedar, ginger, cinnamon, pine, rosemary, frankincense, myrrh, nutmeg, wintergreen, saffron

    Colors:
    gold, silver, red, green, white

    Tools,Symbols, & Decorations:
    bayberry candles, evergreens, holly, mistletoe, poinsettia,mistletoe, lights, gifts, Yule log, Yule tree. spinning wheels, wreaths, bells, mother & child images

    Goddesses:
    Great Mother, Befana (strega), Holda (teutonic), Isis(egyptian), Triple Goddess, Mary(christian), Tonazin(mexican), Lucina(roman), St. Lucy (swedish),Bona Dea (roman), Mother Earth, Eve(Hebrew), Ops(roman Holy Mother), the Snow Queen, Hertha (German), Frey (Norse)

    Gods:
    Sun Child, Saturn(rome), Cronos (Greek), Horus/Ra(egyptian), Jesus(christian-gnostic), Mithras(persian), Balder(Norse), Santa Claus/Odin(teutonic), Holly King, Sol Invicta, Janus(God of Beginnings), Marduk (Babylonian)Old Man Winter

    Essence:
    honor, rebirth, transformation, light out of darkness, creative inspiration, the mysteries, new life, regeneration, inner renewal, reflection/introspection

    Dynamics/Meaning:
    death of the Holly (winter) King; reign of the Oak (summer) King), begin the ordeal of the Green Man, death & rebirth of the Sun God; night of greatest lunar imbalance; sun’s rebirth; shortest day of year

    Purpose:
    honor the Triple Goddess, welcome the Sun Child

    Rituals/Magicks:
    personal renewal, world peace, honoring family & friends, Festival of light, meditation

    Customs:
    lights, gift-exchanging, singing, feasting, resolutions, new fires kindled, strengthening family & friend bonds, generosity, yule log, hanging mistletoe, apple wassailing, burning candles, Yule tree decorating; kissing under mistletoe; needfire at dawn vigil; bell ringing/sleigh-bells; father yule

    Foods:
    nuts, apple, pear, caraway cakes soaked with cider, pork, orange, hibiscus or ginger tea, roasted turkey, nuts, fruitcake, dried fruit, cookies, eggnog, mulled wine

    Herbs:
    blessed thistle, evergreen, moss, oak, sage, bay, bayberry, cedar, pine, frankincense, ginger, holly, ivy, juniper, mistletoe, myrrh, pinecones, rosemary, chamomile, cinnamon, valarion, yarrow

    Element:
    earth

    Threshold:
    dawn


    2 Responses to “Yule Correspondences”

    1. Jennifer Riveraon 15 Nov 2011 at 10:16 am

      Merry meet. I’ve been a pagan since I was 17 and later a Wiccan since 22. I love this path. Now is the year where I can finally celebrate our holidays like I have always wanted. This year I moved in with my best friend and sister; she’s also Wiccan. We are both excited about this first holiday of the New Year. I love Yule, not necessarily liked Christmas. It’s complicated. I was raised by a Christian family and respected their beliefs; however I always liked the mystery of winter and the tranquility of darkness. So I can’t wait to have my Yule log! Nevertheless, I am still learning about the Sabbats and what to do in each holiday, so thank you for this information. It’s quite complete.

      Blessed be and may our Lady and Lord protect you always.

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