When the temperature drops and the snow falls, it starts feeling undeniably festive. Everywhere you go holiday carols play cheerfully, and little children begin to write their letters to Santa Clause.
Yet, with all the hustle and bustle of trying to spend time with family and friends, it can seem impossible to make time for a Yule celebration or winter solstice rituals.
So, to help out, I’m sharing this list of 7 simple ways to celebrate Yule throughout the season with you!
7 Simple Ways to Celebrate Yule and the Winter Solstice This Season
1. Aromatherapy Spray
As much as we all love the holiday season of building up to Yule, it can also be quite tiring. There is energy flying around everywhere as you rush about to visit family and friends.
If you don’t take the time to step back and take a breath it is easy to burn out well before the winter solstice.
So, before the hustle and bustle of the season overwhelms you, make yourself an aromatherapy spray.
Simple aromatherapy sprays are easy to make. A few drops of essential oil and some choice crystal chips in a spray bottle with distilled water can work wonders.
Here’s a list of some top essential oils and crystals to incorporate:
- Sage: For a smudging or cleansing spray
- Cedar or Pine: To add protection
- Lavender: To soothe, calm and relax
- Rose Quartz: For a boost of loving energy
- Citrine: To add prosperity and abundance
Then, when you are feeling your anxiety or stress start to rise all you need to do is step off to the side and spray a little bit of good mojo into the air then swirl around in the magick.
2. Kitchen Witchery
One of the best ways to celebrate the winter solstice is to bake up a bit of magick.
Bake gingerbread cookies to bring a spicy energy into the home. The cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice in these cookies will infuse the air with the warm energy of hearth and home. Plus your home will smell delicious!
You can also add magick to your meals by looking into the magickal properties of the herbs you cook with. Then you can add each one with magickal intent.
Witchy Tip – The Green Wiccan Herbal by Silija is one of my personal favourites for magickal information on herbs and plants.
3. Enjoy a Winter Warmer
If you enjoy a beer with a fuller body and roasty toasty flavour then, a winter warmer is the way to go.A nice pint is sure to warm your bones after a long day.
You can even incorporate your brew into your winter solstice rituals by offering some to the fae in a wee chalice or leaving some as an offering on your altar.
4. Eat a Hearty Meal With Loved Ones
You don’t have to wait until you attend a large gathering to incorporate this into your Yule festivities.
In winter, long before grocery stores were around food was traditionally scarce. This meant that every meal was made with love and care to ensure that it was nourishing.
So, making up a hearty meal for you and your loved ones is an excellent way to celebrate Yule.
5. Light Seasonal Candles
The winter solstice is the darkest time of the year. When December 21st rolls around the days are at their shortest and the nights are at their longest.
So, there is no better way to celebrate Yule than by lighting a seasonal Yule candle. The warmth of the candle’s light will cast a loving glow around your home.
You can also light a candle in honour of one of the gods or goddesses of the season like Frigg or the Holly King.
To infuse your candle with the energy of the season hold your hands around it and call on the elements, the four directions and any gods or goddesses you work with to fill it with the energy of Yule.
For the Yule spell candles themselves, the traditional colours of the season are red, gold, blue, white, silver, and green. However, if another candle colour calls to you then it is always best to follow your intuition.
You can even choose a candle with fragrances of the season like pine, Irish cream, peppermint, spices, or frankincense and myrrh.
You don’t need to wait until the exact date of the winter solstice either. These candles can be lit all season long (December through the middle of January) to celebrate Yule.
6. Meditating with tarot
If you read tarot or oracle cards then Yule presents a good meditative opportunity.
Meditate and reflect upon cards that have imagery of winter or emulate the meanings of Yule.
Two cards from the tarot to consider incorporating into your Yule celebrations are the hermit and the 3 of cups.
The hermit tarot card brings reflection and solitude. He suggests that you withdraw for the season and take a step back from the action.
As the winter snows sing a lullaby to the trees the natural world quiets and rests in the darkness so too does the hermit rest and withdraw.
If you have been sharing much of your energy with others working with the hermit tarot card can help you find balance.
Then on the opposite end of the spectrum, the 3 of cups brings a gathering of friends and family together.
Yule is a season where we are often thrown together with our families. So, meditating on the 3 of cups can help you connect with and appreciate your loved ones.
Many oracle decks also depict and are symbolic of winter such as The Enchanted Oracle’s Spirit of Yule.
Does a Yule reading sound like something you might be interested in? Then take a gander at this linky >>> intuitive tarot reading for Yule.
7. Take time to rest
Last but certainly not least, make sure that you to take the time rest. It is easy to get so focused on doing everything that you forget to look after yourself.
To ensure that you don’t miss out on some TLC for your spirit schedule it into your day planner.Make a note of which day or days you are going to do something for you.
It doesn’t have to be a day-long event either. Taking time to rest could be as simple as staying off social media for the evening.
If you have a tub, you could run yourself a nice Yule bath with a holiday bath bomb scented with cranberry, pine, vanilla or any scent that gives you those festive feelings. To add an extra touch of witchiness why not add some herbs and crystals as well?!
If you don’t want to add them directly to the bath water then line the edge of the tub with them instead.
Wrapping it Up
When you make the time to look after yourself, look after spirit and celebrate Yule in little ways throughout the season it can help to relieve some of that pressure that you have to do it all.
How are you celebrating Yule throughout the season? Share your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you 🙂