For today’s #Project14Lists, I decided to incorporate a post that I have been contemplating on doing for awhile. Since the first day of Winter Solstice is coming up on December 21st (there’s also a full moon the same night! Eep!), I have been brainstorming ways I want to celebrate the witch’s sabbath, Yule.
Yule is a time of reflection and the Winter Solstice marks the 1st day of the sabbath. It is the darkest and longest night of the year. The sun begins its journey back towards earth. This means that the days will begin to get longer as we draw closer to spring. We say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. There are 12 days in the sabbath (where do you think the song 12 Days of Christmas came from?) so that leaves some flexibility with how you want to celebrate.
The cool thing is that most people already incorporate Yule into their holiday tidings. The Christmas tree, hanging garland, putting up lights, a feast, using red and gold colors, all have roots in paganism. Here are a few things that I plan to do through the week and a half of Yule.