The winter solstice, or Yule, is the shortest day and longest night of the year. Yule is a sabbat on the Wheel of the Year that marks midwinter and even though it’s the darkest time of the whole year, it represents rebirth.
After Yule, each day begins to get a little more light and a little less dark. It’s a time to celebrate the return of the light.
Yule is associated with evergreen, holly, ivy, mistletoe, red, white, green, gold, and fire. Sounds a little bit like Christmas, right? The pagan holiday of Yule actually predates Christma and when Christianity swept through Europe, the traditions of Yule were woven into the Christian holiday of Christmas.
Personally, like many of us witches, pagans, and/or spiritual folks, I honor both Yule (on my own and with friends) and Christmas (with family).
Keep scrolling to find a tarot or oracle card spread for Yule as well as some other ways you might like to honor this sabbat.
A CARD SPREAD FOR YULE
Take some time to create a ritual space before you pull your cards. Gather a few candles, light some incense or other herbs, and ground yourself before dropping in with your cards. Set an intention for your intuition, your highest self, and/or your spirit guides to communicate with you through the cards.
When you feel ready, shuffle your cards and pull one card for each of the following questions:
- What am I invited to release as we shift into the lighter days?
- Advice for helping this release move through me.
- Seeds to plant for the coming lighter days
- What is being reborn in my life?
- How to honor myself at this time
I always recommend sitting with your cards, journaling, and meditating for a while to help you process their medicine and really move the messages through your body.
Some other sweet ways to honor Yule:
- Light white candles
- Gather around a fire with loved ones
- Burn pine incense
- Meditate with fire, reminding yourself of the light always available in the darkness
- Create a Yule altar with holly sprigs, pinecones, evergreen branches, and red, green, or white candles and crystals
How will you be honoring Yule this year? Let us know on Instagram, and make sure you tag us in your spreads – we would love to see your cards!
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About Eryn Johnson
Eryn Johnson is a breathwork facilitator, tarot reader, and Reiki Master based in Fishtown, Philadelphia. She is also the host of the Living Open podcast for mystics and seekers, a storytelling tool here to help facilitate soul evolution. The foundation of her work is energetic and based on the belief that there's nothing wrong with you- we are simply programmed from a young age to forget the truth of who we are. She uses energy work, storytelling, and breathwork to guide you back to you - your heart, your power, your magic. Find her work at www.living-open.com and @erynj_ on Instagram.