I want to wish you all a Blessed YULE! Today is the celebration of the Winter Solstice when we celebrate the shortest day and longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere.
Witchology.com shares the history of the winter solstice.
The Winter Sabbat
One of the eight Sabbats of Witchcraft, this season, known as Yule, the great annual festival of Saturn, the Saturnalia, of Pagan Rome, Dies Natalis Solis Invicti of the Mithras cult, the Winter Solstice is a sacred time in the Pagan calendar.
But what does it mean and how is it celebrated? Witchology.com explores the ancient festivals, folklore, and mythology, and publishes complete texts of modern Wiccan rituals and recipes. Click the link to learn more.witchology.com
Beneath the cold darkness of the longest night, the secrets of rebirth have laid dormant waiting until the sun rises to wax again with the promise of a new year.
Several years ago, I stopped celebrating Christmas. I found the commercialism of the season (now starting before Samhaim) depressing. I couldn’t understand how a holiday that claimed to have been born with religious roots had morphed into a frenzied buying spree to boost the American economy.
My husband and I decided to create a new tradition where we would celebrate the winter solstice instead of Christmas. Of course, my path into faery craft opened up a new set of possibilities for me. All the stress of that dreaded Christmas season now revolved around a different set of traditions.
Now, our ancestors take a front seat in our traditions. We remember our parents, remembering both good and bad traits, that helped to form us into who we are today. I will burn incense and candles to honor our ancestors.
This year, we will be celebrating with a feast! A Yule Ham, baked cheese/herb bread, and my husband’s favorite banana cream pie are all on the menu. I’ll be experimenting with a Weight Watchers yule log variation cookie.
I’ve included the recipe below: Chocolate Walnut Cigars
- 70-85% dark chocolate 3 ½ oz, high quality, cut into chunks
- date(s) 4 item(s), pitted
- walnut(s) ⅓ cup(s), toasted
- ground allspice 1 pinch
- table salt 1 pinch
- wonton wrapper(s) 24 item(s)
- cooking spray 4 spray(s)
- powdered sugar 1 Tbsp
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place chocolate, dates, walnuts, allspice, and salt in a mini chopper or food processor; pulse until finely minced.
- Place 2 tsp filling diagonally across the center of each wonton wrapper; roll two opposite corners in towards the center, overlapping slightly to cover most of the filling, but leaving a bit of filling showing. Place on prepared baking sheets; lightly coat with cooking spray. Bake until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes; dust with powdered sugar and serve warm or at room temperature.
- Serving size: 1 cigar
- Two Points
I will also honor the fey by leaving milk and honey out for them on this longest night of the year. This should make my house faery happy. She has been mischevious lately. ❤
We don’t have a fireplace so I won’t be able to retrieve some of the Yule log ashes to place beneath our bed which tradition holds that you will be blessed in the new year. Sometimes, just having the right intentions serve the same purpose.
My husband came home with a special surprise this year. When I lived in the UK many years ago, I loved playing darts. We decided this would be a fun thing to do together.
We’ll spend some time putting this together tomorrow and I’ll let you know who wins!
I’ll find some time to spend on my spiritual journey tomorrow. I always incorporate my Buddhist beliefs in with my faery craft practice. You can be sure that I will honor Kwan Yin, the goddess of compassion. Learn more about Kwan Yin HERE.
Check out the variety of spells and prayers you can perform during the winter solstice HERE.
Let me know how you will spend your holiday!