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Yule- circa. December 21st

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Here we have the winter Esbat. I am not a lover of winter at all. I don't mind a bit of cold at all but it is the short, dark, dull days that I don't like. I don't like going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. I am an Autumn girl I'm afraid!

Yule celebrated the re-birth of the sun. It is the longest night of the year and afterwards, the days start to grow longer and the dark starts to recede. The best time to do a ritual is at dawn so that you can watch the birth of the newborn sun.

Other names for Yule include Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Yultide, Festival of Sol

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Yule Correspondences

Date: circa. December 21st

Colours: Red, green, gold

Stones: Bloodstone, ruby, garnet

Herbs: Cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, juniper

Food: Nuts, apples, dried fruit, gingerbread men, poultry, beef, oranges (more precisely satsumas)

Drink: Mulled drinks, warm milk with nutmeg/cinnamon, mead, ginger tea, cinnamon coffee, apple juice

Flowers/Decorations: Yule log, Yule tree, holly, mistletoe, ivy, pine, myrrh, wreaths

Animals: Stag, robin, phoenix

Type Of Magick/Activity: Stories around the Yule log, giving gifts, making gifts, decorating Yule tree, making wreaths, family get-togethers

Some Appropriate Goddesses: Fortuna (Roman), Gaia (Greek), Isis (Egyptian), Persephone (Greek), Rhiannon (Welsh)

Some Appropriate Gods: All Sun Gods, Lugh (Irish), Holly King (Anglo-Celtic), Odin (Norse), Ra (Egyptian), Apollo (Roman), Sol (Roman)

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