By: Meg Crawford
It’s undeniably crisp now and the nights have properly drawn in, bringing us to Yule and Winter Solstice. Celebrated in the Southern Hemisphere between 20 and 23 June, Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year.
While the lead up to Yule and Winter Solstice has been the perfect time to hibernate, reflect and conserve energy, we now honour the opportunities for rejuvenation and warmth that coincide with the turning of winter’s corner: the sun is coming! When you’re in the know, you’ll also note a lot of the Yule-time traditions that have snuck their way into the celebration of Christmas, like gift-giving and hanging mistletoe.
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Ideal spells for this time
Try casting for the following:
- if you’ve been feeling lost, a path out of darkness;
- transformation and rebirth; and healing
Things to clear during this period
Because Yule is a time for closure, use it as an opportunity to let go of things that no longer serve you, including resentments and negativity, and cleanse your space.
How can I celebrate Yule and Winter Solstice?
Try some of these ideas:
- decorate your seasonal altar with pinecones, cinnamon sticks, holly, rosemary, mistletoe, wreathes, bells, popcorn and cranberry wreathes, incorporating gold, silver, green or red items and candles;
- dress and burn a Yule log. Ideally, a Yule log is piece saved from wood you’ve burned the year prior, but if this is your first year, find a small log while out wandering – don’t purchase one;
- burn incense that’s reminiscent of the forest, including things like pine, cedar, rosemary, frankincense;
- head for the hills for a good walk and go fossicking for some natural Yule decoration, like pine cones;
- eat an apple for good health;
- enjoy a bath to rinse away worries. Tie Yule herbs in a cheesecloth or muslin bag and let it steep in the tub;
- turn an old-school chocolate ripple cake into an edible Yule log; and
- don’t scoff until you’ve tried it – hug an old tree.
How do we celebrate the festival at Muses?
As always, we’ll discuss the intricacies of the festival, including it’s history and associations, enjoy some group ritual work and meditation, and roll our sleeves up to craft something Yule appropriate for you to keep (don’t fret if you’re not crafty – we’ll guide you.)
Then, we eat! A light refreshment will be served, but we’d love it if you would bring along a snack or something tasty to share (vegan or vegetarian – no meat please). Feel free to whip something up yourself, but that’s by no means compulsory.
Book online here or pop in store to secure your place and find out more. Saturday 22 June; 1-3.00pm; $35