Gather your family and close friends and create that Yule Log you’ve always wanted to do. You’ll find it much more memorable and enjoyable. These old Yule traditions can also be embarked with the ceremony to follow.
Create some natural ornaments. Take some flour and water and make little decorations. Once they’re dry, you can paint them with beautiful eclectic colors or very earthy colors. In the dough, you can mix herbs or resin that you like. Add things that will add protection, happiness, financial stability, helping you release fear.
Yule celebration will help you with fertility in life, new beginnings, and fresh starts. Whatever you feel appropriate, you can make each ornament its little magical spell.
Once you’re done decorating it, you can carve or paint a runic symbol. Add some magical symbols that you feel will incorporate all its symbolic magic into that one ornament.
Then you can decorate your tree, your garland or your home with these magical Yule decorations. You can also bring in some dried pinecones, apple or orange slices that you dry yourself and hang them around your house, as part of your way of decorating with nature.
Sun plants like mistletoe, balsam, fir, and any dried Summer herbs contain warmth and light. When witches prepare their houses for Yule, they do so from the doorway inward, inviting the light inside.
We decorate mantles and doorways with bunches of dried summer herbs, evergreen boughs, red, greens, black or gold Witches cords.
The evergreen holds green colors and sunlight all year. It reminds us that life is always renewable. Our ancestors brought an evergreen tree inside to ensure that there would be light even throughout darker winter times.
Yule log ashes, mistletoe, holly, pine cones and needles, oak leaves, birch, fir, hazel bark, ivy, sandalwood, elder, comfrey, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, chamomile, myrrh, frankincense, sunflower, wintergreen, apple leaf and dried apple (Source)
If you do make a Yule Log at the beginning of December, you can use it as a centerpiece and enjoy it before it’s burned in the ceremony. There are many different ceremonies and practices you can do around a Yule Log. Do what you are comfortable with and again do your research or make something up that you feel drawn to do.
Different magical and spiritual qualities are linked with each type of wood. To achieve the effect you desire, you should burn log from a particular kind of tree. Choose Birch for fertility, Aspen for spiritual understanding, a Pine for a year of prosperity, and mighty Oak for strength and wisdom.
When you do create a log, make sure it’s clean and dry before you bring it inside. Some people like to remove the bark before taking it into their home.
You can collect some pine pinecone, cinnamon sticks and things of the like. You can make a string of dried cranberries or even pomegranate seeds. Leave some room for extra ribbon or spaces for your candles, so that you can illuminate your Yule Log.
Get your whole family involved in creating your Yule Log. Sit around the table or counter space. Let everyone to set their intentions for the New Year as they place their decorations on the log.
When the time comes to hold the Yule traditions ceremony for the Yule log burning, make sure that everyone who helped craft on it is present. If you have a fireplace, you can do this indoors, or gather outside and make a bonfire.
Circle yourselves around the fire, place the log to burn and set those intentions free. According to Yule traditions, everyone should remain present until the wood is burnt all the way down. You can save a little bit for the next year. You can sing carols around it, hold hands and dance clockwise. Do whatever you feel is right to do.
” And the Yule-log cracked in the chimney,
And the Abbot bowed is head,
And the flamelets flapped and flickered,
But the Abbot was stark and dead.”
H.W. Longfellow ‘King Witlaf’s Drinking Horn (1848) (Source)
Yule traditions are all about the community coming together during times of darkness, so keep the positive atmosphere and attitude. Read more about Yule Traditions: Smudge Sticks and Yule Blessings >>>
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