Yule and New Beginnings

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The end is nigh!!!

… Or so some would have you think. Not so much this girl.

I do think there is a shift occurring, and perhaps tomorrow’s date marks its mid-point (or some point in that shift). But I think, at any rate, it’s already started.

You see, the Earth is on a cyclical path, and every so many hundreds of thousands of years she attempts to renew herself. I think we’re heading for that renewal.

The signs are in the weather phenomena and the cataclysmic shifts of the Earth that we’ve been seeing over the past few years. Gargantuan earthquakes causing tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, seasonal weather being thrown way off its normal patterns. 

These things ARE the shift taking place. The Earth is telling us that she’s heading for a rebirth of sorts, and we need to get with the program. These shifts aren’t temporary. They’re here to stay, and they’ll keep coming. We need to realize that.

But I’m not here to preach about our need to take care of the Earth (although it is an important topic). I’m here to talk about my plans for Yule tomorrow!

With the message of rebirth that comes with this holiday (as I’ve discussed before, the winter solstice is the day in mythology of the rebirth of the god, and the sun, to the world). My plans go along with a rebirth of sorts, as well.

I have a lovely little room just off my bedroom that is just waiting to be used. And I’ve been itching to make it into my craft room. As of right now, it’s just a place where we’ve been piling stuff that we have nowhere else to put. But tomorrow it’s going to get an overhaul. I’ll write a separate post about the transformation and introduce you to a witch’s work space once the weekend is done.

As far as ritual goes, that will happen as I create the space. There is nothing more important than imbuing a space with the appropriate energy needed in that space when you’re creating it. This is true of any place. I’m sure you’ve done it and you don’t even know it.

When you set up your kitchen in your new home, you cleaned it then organized everything into its own spot, and all the while you were probably thinking about how you would be using the space. That is the core of imbuing a space with intention. The thoughts, and the energy with those thoughts that go into the work are 98% of the spell-work. The rest that we do as witches is really just icing on the cake, making it more like a ritual than just work for us.

It’s the same with craftsmanship of all kinds. Those that love their craft and do it very well – it shows in their work, and you often get a good feeling from those items that they’ve crafted. It’s because they’ve poured all of that loving energy into the object as they’ve created it.

I’ll be doing the same with my new space. As I work to make it into a space I can do my craft in, I will be working to saturate the space with that positive energy that will help me to concentrate when I do ritual work there. As I do my work tomorrow, there will be a candle lit to welcome the sun back, and I will also welcome the positive new things that will come to us in the coming year.

Fireplace & StockingsWe’ve already done some other things to bring the spirits of Yule into our home, like setting up and decorating the holiday tree and decorating other parts of the house as well.

In the future, I hope to bake a Bûche de Noël as part of our Yule feast, and have the kids help me with the baking and decorating of that (as well as the tree and the house) for part of our family tradition.

I have thought every year since my husband and I were married that we should do something every day for the twelve days of Yule (which begins on the solstice). But I have yet to figure out a meaningful activity for each day (especially ones that won’t exhaust us by the end of it). I suppose that this is something we can do as the boys grow and become more active in the holiday.

Anyway, that was a long post. Thanks for sticking with me. Look for my post on the creation of my craft room in the days to come!

Do you have any traditions you enjoy doing at this time of year?

2 Responses

  1. Connie Mitan
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    Sounds wonderful!
    No real traditions (any more, or yet)… we’re still a young couple, in that awkward in-between stage of life with no real close family and no kids of our own. But tomorrow, we are making a veritable feast, with most of it being homemade/from scratch. I’m looking forward to writing about it.
    ~Sunfire

    • Rowena
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      I know exactly where you’re at, Connie. It will come with time.

      Feasts are ALWAYS good, though. 🙂

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