Winter Solstice Celebration: Why Do We Celebrate Yule?
History Of Yule | What Is Yule?
Is Winter Solstice a Pagan holiday?
Ancient Pagan Traditions + Natural Science
- The earth’s actions that cause the Winter Solstice are not inherently Pagan, but the original celebrations of the event by people were Pagan in a historical sense.
Every year, the Earth tilts farther away from the Sun before tilting closer again; this is what gives us our beautiful seasons. This tilt causes the longest night of the year and the shortest day of the year.
Winter Solstice happens in the winter season when on the date of the longest day of the year.
Historically, people on this beautiful Earth celebrated the changing of the seasons with rituals, marking events such as the alignment of the sun during a Solstice, burning fires, and lighting of candles to symbolize the increasing power of the Sun.
The rituals of these people became what we practice today as children of these ancient Pagan cultures.
What cultures does Yule come from?
The Celts and Norse Peoples:
Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden.
Am I allowed to celebrate Yule if I’m not Celtic nor Norse?
Long story short: Yes.
- As many Witches know, and now science supports, our DNA carries the memories of everyone who made us who we are today.
- You may have DNA from a culture that doesn’t represent who you associate with today.
- You may have Irish or Scottish ancestry which would call you to celebrate Celtic traditions.
We love to tell everyone to follow their own guidance, follow their own energy, and, if you’re called to, follow their ancestry. Learn anything you’re called to learn and then respect what you have learned and experienced. Respect is key.
Similar Winter Solstice Holidays
These are other similar spiritual- and ancestor-centric celebrations in the world that occur around this day that may resonate more with your ancestral history:
- Dong Zhi, Chinese
- Inti Raymi, Peruvian
- Lohri, Indian
- Saturnalia, Italian
- Shab-e Yalda, Iranian
- Soyal, Hopi
- St. Lucia’s Day/Festival of Lights, Scandinavian
- Toji, Japanese
Yule Correspondences & Winter Solstice Symbols
Quick correspondences & how to decorate your Yule altar
Goddesses and Gods
Apollo, Brigid, Cernunnos, Demeter, Dionysus, Fortuna, Hel, Holly King, Isis, Lugh, The Green Man, Odin, Saturn, + more →
Foods & Drinks
Ciders, Dried fruits, Egg nog, Gingerbread, Mulled wine, Roasted apples, Roasted meats, + more →
Candles, Oils, Statues, and More 👇
- Perfect on an Air altar 🌬️
- Use when meditating with the spirit of Raven 🖤
- 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 14" 📏
- Perfect for Yule incense blends! 🎄
- Great for bringing wealth and luck to your home🍀
- Bulk 1 pound order
Call out to Raven to aid you in guarding your secrets, overcoming obstacles, and otherwise aiding you in your daily trials by using and wearing this Raven Totem Amulet Necklace. Made in USA, this pewter amulet comes with a cord and measures 1″ x 1″. ShareTweetPin1RedditFlipMore1 Shares
Commonly used for rituals of purification or as an offering to Gods and spirits, this cut bulk Red Sandalwood is great for spells seeking healing and protection. Simply add a little to your spell or burn on your charcoal disc! ShareTweetPin1RedditFlipMore1 Shares
Call upon the aid of the Fae with this beautiful Gold-Toned Fairy Star Chime Candle Holder! The Fairy Star makes up the base of this light-weight, affordable chime candle holder, and is perfect for Faerie Magick, holding candles during a supervised children’s ritual, or simply for holding your corner candles! ShareTweetPin1RedditFlipMore1 Shares
This Triple Moon Altar Tile is an elegant addition to any altar or sacred space. Made of silver-plated brass, it beautifully displays the sacred triple moon symbol while measuring 3.5″ in diameter. ShareTweetPin1RedditFlipMore1 Shares
This Granular Frankincense Tears Resin is packaged from bulk by AzureGreen, and is great to burn during Lammas and Lugnasadh rituals. Though frankincense and myrrh tend to bring up certain religious connotations to the western mind, they have been in active use as magical incenses, religious tools, and for their healing properties since at least [...]
Offering you the fragrant aroma, energies, and protection of Frankincense, these HEM Incense sticks are a wonderful addition to the incense that you burn for the atmosphere of your home and sacred space. Coming 20 to a box, this incense is great for Lammas and Lughnasadh rituals! ShareTweetPinRedditFlipMore0 Shares
Invite the energies of Deer into your ritual space and life with this beautiful ritual tool. This Stag Horn Damascus Athame blends the artistry of Damascus steel with the natural quality of deer horn as a beautifully crafted knife perfect for magical craft. The athame measures 8 1/2″ with a 3 1/4″ blade. ShareTweetPinRedditFlipMore0 Shares
Traditionally, Rosemary is great for increasing memory as well as being a powerful aid in spells of love and romance. This 1 ounce packet of rosemary leaves makes a great addition to Mabon rituals! ShareTweetPinRedditFlipMore0 Shares
This order of bulk Tumbled Garnet crystals is perfect for jewelry, crystal grids, and more! Resonating with the energies of the root chakra, grounding, passion, protection, and sense of self, Garnet is perfect for spells and energy work around these needs. Garnet can also be used to find a little boost in energy when you [...]
This beautiful, narrow 9″ Red Pillar Candle is perfect for candle magick that pertains to passion, romance, lust, power, fire, and the planet Mars. Unlike glass jar candles, this candle is perfect for carving spells, prayers, or sigils into! Never leave a burning candle unattended. ShareTweetPin1RedditFlipMore1 Shares
Silver is the color of the Moon, the Goddess, feminine power, and meditation. Use these Fast Burning Silver Spell Candles in spells for increasing your feminine gifts, receiving messages from the divine, moon magick, and more. This pack of chime candles contains 20 individual candles, measuring 4″ x 3/8″. ShareTweetPinRedditFlipMore0 Shares
Invite the cleanest scent of Frankincense & Myrrh into your sacred space with this resin incense. Frankincense is used for consecration, meditation, protection, and purifying while Myrrh is used for protection, purification, healing, and magical potency. Together, they create an aura of absolute power. Burn this and other resins on charcoal tablets! ShareTweetPinRedditFlipMore0 Shares
Escential Essences’ Winter Solstice Incense Sticks are strongly scented & elegantly packaged. Use these for family, security, safety, thankfulness, and charity magick. Made in USA. ShareTweetPinRedditFlipMore0 Shares
This beautiful Red Triple Moon Altar Cloth has a gold and silver detailed design on vivid, red, raylon background. This altar cloth is excellent for decorating your altar, hanging ornamentally on your wall, or worn as a small scarf. The energy of the triple phases of moon are for every aspect for help, bounty, and awareness. [...]
Bayberry is widely used in rituals and spells of luck, plenty, wealth, and prosperity. Used during Yule, bayberry is carried on the person, burned, or sprinkled around a home or business to bring more positivity, better luck, and more wealth to the area! This is a 2 ounce package of dried bayberry bark. ShareTweetPinRedditFlipMore0 Shares
This beautiful Gold Magnetic Sand, or lodestone food, is perfect for rituals, spells, and prayers for success, personal power, and wealth! This is a 4 ounce bag of magnetic sand. ShareTweetPin1RedditFlipMore1 Shares