Energy, Spellwork and Ritual Themes
WHEN: December 21st/22nd
OTHER NAMES: Yule, Mid-Winter
- Longest night of the year.
- Birth of the sun.
- Hope - light half of the year is coming.
- Spark of creativity - Spark of light from the dark.
The Winter Solstice marks the turning of the energy from the darkness, more introspective energies to the light or more expressive energies. On the Solstice, the longest night of the year, we pray for and celebrate the return of the Sun. It is the darkest day of the year and the day with the least amount of sunlight, but it holds so much hope because we know that after this day, the sun's light will grow and the days will become longer and warmer.
The Winter Solstice is the perfect time to go deep within your heart and soul to determine what your hopes and dreams are for your future. Just as the sun is born, so too can these dreams be made manifest.
When working with the energy of the Winter Solstice season, I often think of how the Universe was born from the darkness from one divine spark or "big boom". We are right on the edge of giving birth to something really BIG, we just need to be clear about what we want that to be and open ourselves to receiving it. That's why this is the time of year that I usually create a dream board for the coming year. I find the process of creating a dream board helps me focus on what I want to manifest and provides me the inspiration I need to keep working towards those dreams throughout the coming year.
At Samhain, I took stock of what worked and didn't work in the previous year and let go of what no longer served me, now it is time to begin the manifestation process. Go within, dream your biggest dreams and begin putting them into physical form by creating a dream board. I also create a working altar where I place my dream board and other physical representations of my dreams made manifest.
On My Altar...
- Red and Green Altar Cloths - since red and green are such prevalent colors during the Winter Solstice season, this year, I chose to build my altar with these two colors as the foundation.
- Sparkly Gold Tree - I saw this tree at my local HomeGoods store and I knew it was the perfect fit for my Solstice altar. I like that it is make of small branches of wood, but it is also spray painted gold with glitter and sparkles when the light hits it. This was the perfect representation of the light of the reborn sun touching all around it.
- Small Santa Claus Figurine - I was raised Catholic and my entire family, including my husband and I celebrate Christmas. By including the Santa Claus figurine, I am honoring a tradition that is important to me.
- Yule Log - This year, I found a beautiful piece of birch at Michaels and immediately felt the need to have it for my altar. In the past, I have harvested my own log from fallen trees in the woods near my house by cutting a piece of my holiday tree and saving it for the year until I decorate it and place it on my altar as my Yule Log.
- Holly Branches - I harvested these branches of Holly from the beautiful, robust holly trees we have growing in our yard. This is one of my favorite rituals to kick off the Solstice season. I usually harvest right after Thanksgiving.
- Mother Mary
- The Holly King
- Gold to represent the birth of the Sun and the hope of prosperity that this time of year represents.
- Deep, rich greens to represent the evergreen trees that are decorated in celebration of the solstice and other traditional live greens used to decorate during the winter season.
- Red to represent the blood that is spilled during the battle of the Holly King and Oak King. Also the color of the berries on the holly tree, used in decorations.
- White to represent the purity and stillness at this time of year. Also representative of the snow and winter decorations.
- Black Onyx - In honor of the dark time of year and for deepening the connection within one's self
- Azurite - to remind us of the Winter's deep blue night sky, providing us with depth of vision and clarity of inner communication
- Sunstone - In honor of the suns returning light and the creative burst that comes during this time of hope.
- Ametrine - for hope and optimism that comes as the dark turns to light.
- Golden Calcite - Super energy and in honor of the energy we get from longer days and the warmth of the sun.
Herbs, Incense & Oils
Sigils & Symbols
- Yule log
- Yule Tree
- Sun Ornaments