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It seems like only yesterday that us lot in the Northern Hemisphere were celebrating Litha and the Summer Solstice. Yet, in what seems like a blink of an eye, the wheel of the year has turned and night and day are equal again.

Even though winter is just getting started, the Winter Solstice marks a time when the days begin to lengthen, taking us skipping joyously towards summer.

Yay!

Long before the church adopted December 25th as the birthday of a guy named Jesus, people have been celebrating the longest night as a time of rebirth. Ancient Romans celebrated Midwinter with the week-long, hedonistic feast of Saturnalia, while pre-Christian Scandinavians spent 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun during the Feast of Juul, or Yule.

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Christmas and the quintessential Christmas Tree came much later, although evergreens have been used to decorate homes for thousands of years, while burning a Yule Log pre-dates medieval times.

Originally, the Yule Log was a carefully chosen tree that was brought into the home with great ceremony and burned. A piece would be held back and stored safely to light the following year’s Yule Log – a tradition that is still honoured by many today.

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If you’ve been around these parts a while, you’ll know that Beloved crafted me a perpetual Yule Log over a decade ago that boasts medieval heritage of its own. It was made from a fallen branch from the grounds of an historic English castle where Henry VIII is said to have stayed.

Quite the pedigree!

Not only is it the most important candle holder I have, it also plays a central role in my annual festive décor. Suzy’s Yule Log is most definitely not for burning, but I will be lighting the candles as part of my Winter Solstice celebrations.

I don’t remember where I found it, but this Yule Ritual is from my personal Book of Shadows and I use it every year as my way of honouring the season. I hope that by sharing it with you, it will help bring light and renewed optimism into your life. If you would like a larger version, drop a comment below and I’ll get that to you.

Yule Ritual for Winter Solstice - The Witch at OneandSeventy: www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

All that remains to be said is to wish you a very merry Yule. I hope all your festivities are overflowing with joy and laughter. May the Winter Solstice bring much light and love into your life.

A hui hou,

The Witch at OneandSeventy - http://suzyhomemaker.co.uk/witch-at-oneandseventy/ - @SuzyHomemakerUK

 

 

Yule Ritual for Winter Solstice - The Witch at OneandSeventy: www.suzyhomemaker.co.uk | @SuzyHomemakerUK

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