If there is one thing I absolutely love, love, love about this time of year, I would have to say all the lights, glitter (I adore and love glitter and all things that sparkle!), scents and decor.
Creating a cozy, warm, happy and uplifting atmosphere is something I tapped into many years ago. When people walk into my home, I want them to “feel” the vibe I have created. I want them to sink into the warmth and feel at ease.
On the wheel of the year, it is Yule and Winter.
“Yule is deeply rooted in the cycle of the year, it is the seed time of year, the longest night and the shortest day, where the Goddess once again becomes the Great Mother and gives birth to the new Sun King. In a poetic sense it is on this the longest night of the winter, ‘the dark night of our souls’, that there springs the new spark of hope, the Sacred Fire, the Light of the World, the Coel Coeth.” – The White Goddess
Before we get into all the lights, glitter and glam of the season, let’s take a step back by celebrating the sacred dark within the light.
What I mean when I refer to the sacred dark is to dance with our Shadow. To step into the darkness and solitude that reside in the winter of our souls.
That spiral dance where mystery and magick reside. The sacred dark is that place where we keep those parts of ourselves safe and tucked away, even from ourselves. Most especially, the truth of Who we truly Are.
For some, that can be a very scary place but it doesn’t have to be and once we dance with her we can shine that brilliant light that shines so beautifully just like the brightest star that adorns our Yule tree!
Where the Dance First Began
At Samhain, we first stepped into the Shadow, letting go and cleansing all that doesn’t serve us to begin a New Year (if you follow the Witches cycle of the Wheel of the Year). Now we can bask in the spaciousness we’ve created.
Winter affords us these wonderfully dark months so we can enjoy the peace and stillness of the slowing year.
For me, it is when I embrace the peace and stillness of the dark half of the year and connect to my sacred dark that I can truly enjoy all the glitz of the holiday season. I am able to fill my Wassail cup to overflowing (non-alcoholic of course!)
“By embracing the Mystery hidden Within us, may we begin to appreciate the Mystery shining Without.” – Dragonsong
Yule Altar – Creating Atmosphere
One way I invite this delicious peace and stillness is to create an atmosphere of comfort and joy. How I do this is to create an altar. I adore creating seasonal altars. In my Free Ebook, Create a Kitchen Altar, I discuss seasonal altars that also change with each sabbat.
Although Yule is the dark half of the year, it also celebrates the return of the sun. Bringing light to shine through the darkness once more. The days slowly begin to lengthen and we await Imbolc to bring forth Spring.
Yule Altar Ideas Include:
Excerpt from Create a Kitchen Altar: “To create a Yuletide altar, cut or find a yule log that will be the focal point of your altar. Place this in the middle of your space. Traditionally, most people use Oak, but I have listed some other Yuletide choices (Sign-Up to get the full Ebook here)…To represent the rising sun and welcoming back the light, place new white or red candles upon your altar. Of course cut holes into your yule log to place the candles within.”
More Yule Altar Colors and Scents:
- Yuletide Stones – Rubies, Bloodstone, Garnet, Emerald, Diamond
- Yuletide Colors: Red, Green, Gold, White, Silver Yellow, Orange
- Yuletide Scents: Frankincense, Myrrh, Clove, Cinnamon, Pine, Fir, Orange
Here’s to all things that and Glitter & Shine!
Until Then Make Your Day Sparkle ✨