Yule Blessings to us in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s cold and wintery, particularly here on the mountain. I am sitting beside the fire as I type this and the glow of the flames warms my heart. Keep warm and enjoy the many blessings of Yule. Blessed Be!
Yule is a time when the waxing sun overcomes the waning sun. The Holly King, which represents the death aspect of God, is overcome by the Oak King who represents the rebirth of the God. It is the time when you conclude the chapter of your life for the year and prepare for the rebirth of the New Year’s lessons and opportunities.
Celebrations vary from tradition to tradition, but there are some similarities that most people will probably recognise.
The festival is associated with fire, and the Yule log. The fire is the tool that returns all to its beginnings, “ashes to ashes”. And prepares the soul for rebirth, the “rise of the Phoenix from the ashes”.
The season is also represented by the colours red (for the fire) and green (for the rebirth) process. The season includes the cutting of the Yule tree, decorating the home with a holy wreath (nature’s red and green bush) and decorating special cookies for celebrating the sweet joys of the year past and the sweetness for the year to come.
Finally the season includes the reindeer stag to represent the horned God, the Wiccan God of death and the final chapter of the year.
Litha – Northern Hemisphere
Litha Blessings to those in the Northern Hemisphere, may you be blessed by the sun as it shines down upon you. Blessed Be!
Litha is also known as Summer Solstice.
The Litha Sabbat is a time to celebrate both work and leisure, it is a time for children and childlike play.
It is a time to celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come.
Midsummer is a time to absorb the Sun’s warming rays and it is another fertility Sabbat, not only for humans, but also for crops and animals.
Wiccans consider the Goddess to be heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane – honor is given to Her. The Sun God is celebrated as the Sun is at its peak in the sky and we celebrate His approaching fatherhood – honor is also given to Him.
The faeries abound at this time and it is customary to leave offerings – such as food or herbs – for them in the evening.