19 Days of Illuminated Darkness: Day Four

Solstice Correspondences

It’s always fun to sort through all of the things that are relevant and have been used for celebrations of the Sabbats. There are so many for the Winter Solstice/Yule because of the cluster of other holidays that occur during this time of the year. Many of the Christmas decorations and traditions were appropriated and adapted from the pagan practices.

Over the next several days I’ll be highlighting some of these correspondences and offering some additional perspectives that you may wish to incorporate into your celebrations. So, let’s get started with some of the more common….

Symbols Commonly Used:

  • Solar Imagery– represents the return of the Sun’s light and strength;
  • Holly-the red and green of rebirth;
  • Candles– representing the light of the Sun and used to call that light back, bringing warmth;
  • Evergreens-representing the defeat of death and winter because they remained green throughout the desolate months of the year;
  • Yule Log– Celtic in origins and sacred to the Oak King and decorated with the greens of the Holly King;
  • Bells– used to drive away negative and trickster spirits that moved through the dark cold winter;
  • Wreaths– represent the circular shape pf the Sun, the continuum of the cycles of the Great Wheel and the permanence of mastering death (usually constructed from Evergreens).

The Plants and Herbs: of Yule Blessed thistle, evergreen, moss, oak, sage, bay, bayberry, cedar, pine, frankincense, ginger, holly, ivy, juniper, mistletoe, myrrh, pine cones, rosemary, chamomile, cinnamon, valerian, yarrow

Colors:
Gold, silver, red, green, white

Stones and Crystals:
Cat’s eye, ruby, diamond, garnet, bloodstone

Astrological:
Sagittarius into Capricorn

Celtic Tree Moon:
Birch

Incense and oils:
Blended together or alone Bayberry, cedar, ginger, cinnamon, pine, rosemary, frankincense, myrrh, nutmeg, wintergreen, saffron. Always use a carrier oil if you are using essential oils. Some wonderful carrier oils are Coconut, Jojoba, Olive and Almond, to name a few.

Animals and Mythical Beasts:
Yule goat (Nordic), reindeer stag, squirrels, Yule cat, Sacred White Buffalo, Kallikantzaroi-ugly chaos monsters (Greek), trolls, phoenix, Yule elf, Jule gnome, squirrels, wren/robin

Gods and Goddess:
Goddesses-Brigid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child

Foods:
Nuts, apple, pear, caraway cakes soaked with cider, pork, orange, hibiscus or ginger tea, roasted turkey, nuts, fruitcake, dried fruit, cookies, eggnog, mulled wine

Activities:
Gift-exchanging, singing, feasting, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, hanging mistletoe, bell ringing/sleigh-bells; father yule.

Spell Work:
Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness, Personal renewal, world peace, honoring family, friends, Festivals of light, meditation.

Compiled:
Robin Fennelly
Dyanna Wyndesong
Scott Cunningham (asstd. books)

About themagickalpen

Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path. Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and theWestern Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers. Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd and finally 3rd degrees within the Assembly Tradition. As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she has used Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work. Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival this Summer. Her most recent project is hosting an online blogging community entitled The Pagan Experience. Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 43-year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education. Robin's esoteric writings can be found on her blogs.
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