Celebrating Yule was my companion’s idea; which is who I celebrated with! Yule is a celebration of the winter solstice (the longest night of the years) and the return of the sun. Before celebrating Yule, I honestly sat and thought about cultural relevancy. I asked myself: How does the celebration of the winter solstice and return of the sun tie into my African and Native Indigenous background? There was a natural understanding that my Celtic, Nordic and Viking ancestors celebrated the winter solstice and the return of the sun. I didn’t want to make my other ancestors feel left out of this celebration! I came to understand that the traditions of Christmas came from other cultures.
What I Did to Prepare/Celebrate Components of Yule
Leading up to the winter solstice, I sought to find congruences in cultural celebration to make my ancestors feel welcome, not excluded. I then decorated the place with lights, garlands, ornaments, and plants. I also welcomed a new plant child; Gaia.
There were other things that were included and will be included in the continuation of the celebration:
- Pine cones, pine, and sticks to make protection talismans. Respectfully hand picked and provided by nature.
- Yellow, White, Black, & Burgundy Candles
- Yellow – Represents the Sun (Lit the day of Winter Solstice) for joy and/or clearing mental blockages.
- White – Lit on the 24th at sun down to bring harmony, truth and new beginnings. It tells fortune and future.
- Black – Lit on the 31st of December to banish any negative energy remaining.
- Burgundy – Intuitively lit to bring strength, determination, courage and willpower.
What Else Did I Do?
The night of the Winter Solstice, my companion and I went to a cleansing meditation in Unionville, CT. Meditating and having my energy field cleansed felt amazing. This experience made me understand why meditation is really important. Further into the celebration, my companion and I planned what flavor the Yule log was going to be (gingerbread). That is something that we are going to do soon! I can’t forget about the fairy house! I would show my fairy house but I like to respect their wishes/privacy. Just think mushroom and cabin in the woods!
– Dez 🙂