Happy Solstice Eve! I meant to write this post Sunday which is the day I typically assign for posting the week’s post but this week has been absolutely chaotic, including me losing my drive for a bit. It’s back though and I’m ready to go! 🙂 As you know, Yule focuses on the rebirth of the Sun God who gave His life during the harvest season so that we may survive the winter. It’s about bringing light back into the dark and from tomorrow until Litha, the daylight will begin growing with the sun once more peaking on the Summer Solstice which is the longest day of the year. Then we repeat the cycle.
However, to really embrace this spirit of rebirth and renewal, we must be prepared to do the necessary work tonight. It definitely helps that Yule lasts for three days which allows others the comfort of being able to celebrate on one of the other two should they be unable to celebrate on the actual Winter Solstice day itself. I’ll be taking advantage of this three day span to fully release, purify, and invoke–all of which I’ll discuss momentarily. Instead, we must do the prep work and really observe and notice our Shadows which is good for tonight. I’m always reminded of The Moon card of the Thoth Deck which almost seems to me to be asking whether we’re prepared to enter this darkest night, do the Shadow work, so that we may emerge into the light renewed and prepared.
Not only must we face our Shadows but its also important to remember that now is the time to determine that which no longer serves us. What have we been conditioned into believing and accepting that doesn’t fit? This has always been my major issue as I’ve always desired to conform to the ideals of my family as I wanted nothing more than to be accepted. I’ve always been eccentric and drawn to the occult, to witchcraft, and to things considered odd in my family. Growing up, I was always the outsider who very much wanted to belong which led me into the Shadow of people pleasing. I was terrified to embrace myself as that goal would never manifest. As I grew older I learned how silly this was–if they wouldn’t accept me unless I forced myself to deny my own personality then I had no use for them. This is one of my goals for 2017: to stop people-pleasing!
The entire month of December can be devoted to this as it can definitely take some time to do and December is great for tying up loose ends while releasing before we start the new year. Even nonmagickally inclined people tend to do this! 🙂 Once we’ve grown aware of what needs to be banished, we may do so. The first day of Yule this year, personally, will focus on this after I celebrate the Divine Birth of the Sun. I’ll add some sort of releasing into my ritual–which I haven’t written yet! 😮 Talk about waiting until the last minute! I may for once do something spontaneous instead of pre-planned…who knows! Regardless, the first day will focus on releasing this while focusing on love and gratitude. Though the lessons learned and experienced were difficult, filled with many tears and heated words, they nonetheless have allowed me to glean more knowledge from them. Transformation occurs here for me as I think of the old saying, “dying to the old to welcome the new!”. How true! This is why the Death Card ended up in my reading for today! Transformational Energy, Baby (Hopefully you read that in Austin Power’s voice!) 😉
After releasing, it’s always beneficial to purify before invoking anything you desire. This can be done by smudging, taking a salt bath, or by a myriad of other methods! I always prefer to purify after releasing anything as I feel it leaves a vacuum for anything to enter so after the initial releasing, I’ll probably do a small purification before invoking on the first day. The second day will be spent de-cluttering and purifying my space and life to welcome in the new. So, quick recap-1st day: Releasing with a small purification of self and invoking what I want to emanate this coming year–such as being more joyful, led by spirit…etc. 2nd day: Purifying my life and space so I can invoke my intentions for this coming year. Day 1 was really about releasing my own personal demons which means I need to invite blessings to feel that space I’ve created within myself. This purifying I’m discussing for the day is to cleanse the rest of my space. I hope that isn’t confusing…
Day three will be a day to invoke my intentions for the year. Since joy is my chosen word for the year, I’ll do things throughout the day that bring me joy. By staying aware of this each time I feel that vibration, I’ll be capable of attracting more of it throughout the year. I could decide upon two, three, or as many as I want but the most important aspect is feeling them! You have to raise your vibrations to match! This helps lead to a new
beginning, a rebirth, as now you’ll feel fresh and rejuvenated. Ah…so nice! 🙂 I’m not sure about you but 2016 has been one heck of a doozy that I can’t wait to leave behind! This makes this Yule celebration particularly crucial as I just feel heavy with the energetic grime of the year! 2017 is a 1 year in numerology as well which is all about NEW BEGINNINGS so let’s make it one hell of a year, hmm? With all of this talk about the personal aspect of Yule, it’s good to remember to also celebrate the rebirth of the God, spend time with our loved ones, as well as drink and be merry!
I wish you all a blessed Yule full of love, light, health, and joy! May we face this darkest night to emerge renewed on this day of rebirth! ❤
The Autumn Witch
*All the cards featured are from the Thoth Deck and if you follow my Card of the Day posts will be familiar 😉