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Winter solstice is fast approaching. The posts in this roundup will help you learn how witches and pagans celebrate during this season, how we blend secular and religious practices, and new traditions you may want to add into your end of year celebrations.
Remember that the winter solstice is all about light, the return of the sun, and protecting ourselves from negativity. The end of the year is a doorway, a liminal moment when we can choose to step into a better and brighter future.
A good way to prepare for this change is by starting to make changes in our lives now so that we aren’t caught off guard later. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on what has gone well and what needs to be improved.
Learn More About Yule
Yule, the winter solstice, or Christmas are all celebrated around the same time. At the end of the year, witches celebrate the return of the sun with various spells, stories, and traditions. The posts in this list will be updated as I discover more things to do for the holidays.
The Winter Solstice, also called Yule, marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. The weather is colder, the world is more dangerous, and we all wait for the warmth to return.
Whether you celebrate the return of Persephone or follow some other winter tradition, there are many rituals that can help ease your worries over the cold months ahead.
If you want to add some extra magic into your celebration, consider the information in the posts below.
The goddess Persephone is tied to the seasonal changes and is often honored by pagans and witches throughout the year. She is the queen of springtime and the bringer of fertility. However, she also has an association with winter because the world falls fallow while she resides in the underworld with her husband, Hades. You can read more about the mythology around Persephone here. If you don’t know much about her yet, I highly recommend checking out this post!
During the winter season, we can use herbs to help keep us warm, draw in prosperity and luck, and banish the negative spirits that lurk in the cold dark days of winter. Here are 15 herbs for the holiday season. You may have heard of these herbs before but if you haven’t, here are some facts about them.
Decorating a Yule altar can be an exciting and fun project. In addition to decorations for your home, there are plenty of options when it comes to decorating a Yule altar. If the aesthetics of an all-white Christmas appeals to you, then these white altar decor ideas will help make that vision come true.
After the Winter Solstice, the secular new year is upon us. Spend the time planning your coming year and making plans for what you'll be able to accomplish by the end of the year. If you're looking to make big changes in your life, consider setting goals for yourself. But remember that at the same time, don't forget to live in the present moment and enjoy all the things you have right now.
Lucifer is the lord of light and darkness, but he also represents the return of the sun at winter solstice. If you work with him during these holidays, you can use your connection with the sun to bring warmth into your life.
Dried flowers and white sage don't always cut it for a green witch. If you have a friend that practices green witchcraft, you might need more unique gift ideas.
Your witchy friend will be touched by these gifts. Best of all, most of them would please any plant lover!
Skip the essential oils, and get your witchy friends herbal blends for everyday healing. Green witches know the power of nature, and their ritual tools are the leaves, fruits, and berries of medicinal and magical plants.
So help your friends explore natural magic with these modern witch gifts.
While you might not want to burn a Yule log this year, you can still use your kitchen witch skills to make a Yule log cake!
This is a Christmas tradition is based on the Medieval practice of cutting down a Yule tree. Also known as a Bûche de Noël, this is usually a chocolate sponge cake covered with decadent icing and decorated to look like a Yule log.
While wreaths can be hung up year round, they are most popular around the Winter Solstice. Would you rather buy a wreath from some faceless company, or hang your own handmade wreath? The choice is obvious!
Wreaths can bring good fortune and are easy to make with items found in the forest (or local craft stores).
The right holiday wreath will usher in good fortune, prosperity, love, and so much more!
Are you interested? Then let's learn how to make a Yule wreath!
Wassailing and mumming are ancient traditions that even modern Christians still see as a Christmas tradition. If you're looking for something new and fun to do this Winter Solstice, consider trying this Anglo Saxon tradition.
No pagan celebration is complete without some shadow work. Try some Winter Solstice themed journal prompts to unlock your own mind. These writing prompts are aimed to help you enjoy this seasonal holiday.
Journaling is helpful for anyone dealing with the sadness and anxiety that most of us get around the holidays. Shake off the winter blues and do some cathartic writing!
Christmas carols are fun, and they're an outdoor activity that can be enjoyed even if you have to socially distance! Learn about the history of carols at this site. And then go outside and sing your heart out for friends and family!
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