Yule (Also Known as: Jul (Swedish), Winter Solstice, Saturnalia, Christmas, solar/secular New Year.) is name of the festival celebrating the Winter Solstice.  It falls on or about December twenty-first marking the shortest day and longest night of the year and the first day of Winter.  On the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, Yule marks the start of the time when the days grow longer and the God as personified by the Sun grows stronger.  In Wicca traditions it is the day of the rebirth of the Sun God to the Earth Goddess and the restoration of the Sun. [1]

Associations and Customs Edit

Associated with Yule are the colors: red, green, and white the ceremonial tools: mistletoe, evergreen wreath, lights, gifts, holly, Yule log, Yule tree and the ritual energies of regeneration and renewal.  Holly, decorated evergreen trees, the wassail bowl, and candles are some of the more common symbols of Yule.  In Wicca and many other Pagan traditions rituals are preformed for personal renewal, world peace, honoring family and friends.  Some of the customs connected with Yule are making and displaying evergreen wreaths, decorating with colored lights, gift-giving, singing, feasting, and making New Years resolutions. [2]

Sources Edit

[1]Cunningham, Scott, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Saint Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1988. [ISBN 0-87542-118-0 (PB)]

[2]Circle Sanctuary website/Holidays.