Yule, and what it stands for

Yule, one of the oldest and most widely observed of the Sabbats, was not a part of the Celtic calander until the invading Norseman interduced it. Many of the Holiday's traditions are even older and come from the Roman feast of Saturnalia, when the Solar God went into the Underworld.

    Tridtionaly Yule takes place on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and celebrates the sudsquent rebirth of the Sun God. From this day until Midsummer, the sun grows even stronger. Yule is also a time to honor the Goddess in her Virgin aspect, and to observe the battle between the Holly King, God of the waning year, with the Oak King, God of the waxing year.

    At the solstice, the sun is at its lowest point. Yule should therefore be a festival of light that encourages the return of the sun/son. Fill your home with candlelight and welcome the divine child.

Date   ca. December 22, Winter Solstice

Other Names Alban Arthuan, Gehul (Saxon), Haul                   (Welsh), Midwinter, Christmas, Winter Rite

Associated Celtic Deities   Mabon, Cernunnos, Virgin Goddess, the Triple Goddess, newborn gods, Holly and Oak Kings

Customs   Yule logs, kissing under the mistletoe, bell ringing, spinning wheels

Symbols   Yule tree, pine boughs, stag horns (symbolizing the winter lord), mistletoe, evergreens, Christmas tree, holly and ivy

Traditional Incenses   Cedear, bayberry, pine, rosemary

Sacred Foods   White wine, white cakes, bitter herbs, mints

Threshold Time   Dawn

The candle colors of yule are gold, green, red, and white

The gemstones are Cat's-eye and Ruby

Most of this information was compiled by Ranae, Thank you Ranae. I do have some more information to add to this page, but thought it was inportant to get it up now.