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WINTER SOLSTICE



December 20-23
Yule pronunciation: Yool
The word Yule comes from the Germanic “Jul” and means “Wheel.”
Themes: Rebirth, Quiet introspection, New Year, Hope, Setting intentions, Celebration of light
Also known as: Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Alban Arthuan, Saturnalia, Yuletide
Colours: Red, Green, White and Gold

The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere, from now on the the days will begin to lengthen a little at a time.
It is also marks the hardest months of winter as we face the cold and harsh weather conditions.
Yule is a fire festival and a time of celebrating the return of the light.
In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days, sound familiar! celebrating the rebirth of the sun



Yule traditions emphasize the colours of red, green, white, and gold. Images of the Sun are appropriate as we celebrate the return of lighter days. If you have a fireplace you can burn a sacred Yule log, but you can still have Yule log without a Hearth. ( See Thing to make and Do lower down)
Interestingly, many traditions thought of as belonging to Christmas including the Yule log, a decorated tree, wreaths, and even carolling are actually rooted in pre-Christian pagan traditions.

Candles as part of the festival of light: The red, green and gold candles represent the returning Sun. Red and gold for the sun and green for growth and evergreens.

The Evergreen

Evergreens represent everlasting life and each have a meaning of their own

Mistletoe
Greatly revered by the Druids, this is the healer a symbol of fertility and protector.

Holly
The spiky bristles are believed to repel unwanted spirits. Newborn babies used to be sprinkled with 'holly water', holly was soaked in water and left under a full moon overnight.

Ivy
A symbol of immortality and resurrection, growing in a spiral it is a reminder of reincarnation and rebirth.

The Wreath
Wreaths made from evergreens represented the Wheel of Life . They were hung on doors or laid on tables and decorated with candles later on they became the Christian Advent Wreath

YULE TREE


In ancient Rome, pine trees were part of Goddess groves. Priests would cut down a pine tree, on the eve of the Winter Solstice and decorate it. They would take it to the temple as part of the temple celebrations. During the festival of Saturnalia families would bring a live tree into the home so the wood spirits would have a place to keep warm in the cold winter months food and treats were hung on the branches for the spirits to eat.
The more modern Christmas tree was introduced during Victorian times by the German Prince Albert husband to Queen Victoria in 1840.

THINGS TO MAKE and DO

Activities of Yule:
Carolling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honouring Kriss Kringle the Germanic Pagan God of Yule


YULE LOG CENTREPIECE
So you want a Yule log but do not have a fireplace or anywhere to burn one outside, not a problem try one of these instead.

Yule Centrepiece
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Still not sure! Then these may be easier.


A slice of wood you can even buy these if you need to, they are not expensive and can look really rustic.
Add some pine cones and candles, tie some sacking, material or ribbon around the candles adding some cinnamon sticks.
You can secure the candles with melted wax or by using hot glue with a glue gun.


A simple shortened branch or maybe some twigs tied together that can be found in your garden, park or out for a winter walk. Place some pine cones around them and add a a few candles in candle holders.

Craft projects

Making something special for Yule is always fun so why not try something different.


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10 Ways to Celebrate Yule
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Yule is my favourite Sabbat and we have a tradition of giving each other a small gift. I also make a meal that is light but full of festive spirit.
What ever you do for the Winter Solstice have a wonderful time as you celebrate the season.




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My Samhain celebrations include some but not a lot of decorations. I added this part to the Caht thread as well.
I got out my Halloween decs today and as promised here are some pics of them



The jars are painted by me with acrylic paint I used Hot glue to create the raised squiggles.
The one with the flying witch is an old coffee jar, I have a tea light in it and it looks lovely when lit up.
The other one is an old pickle jar again lit up it looks quite good. The purple is some felt pens I had and so far the colour has stayed. I added some braid to the top to finish it off securing it with hot glue.


Next to it is a bottle of Grave dirt, I found a bottle in a craft store and decided it would be perfect for Halloween. I used craft glue on the outside and used some cotton wool to create the dust effect them allowed it to dry and added some paint to it. The dirt inside is tea leaves from tea bags, I added a few small stones to it and added a label.



The house has a space for a candle and I use a battery operated one as being made of metal it gets quite hot.
The Witch with the spectacles is something I bought that is actually a head and part of a body that goes on spray air freshener, I bought a doll stand so she is able to stand up. I made the clothes and hat myself and used a pastry brush for her broom, after all she is a Kitchen Witch. I named her Gretchen.
The one with the green face was a felting kit I made her a few years ago and she comes out each Halloween. Her broom is a twig from the garden with some yarn attached to it, her name is Glenda.

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This year I am having a Buddha Bowl filled with Sweet potato, onion, peppers, broccoli, asparagus, Pak Choi, Tomato, Chickpeas seeds and nuts I will add a tahini sauce.
Here is a link to the recipe
minimalistbaker.com/sweet-potato-chi
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I could not get a small amount of kale so added Pak Choi instead, I could have gone with cabbage but Pak Choi has a nice crunch to it.

Apple crumble with ginger in it served with either ice cream or custard.


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SAMHAIN



Pronounced Sow-een

Meaning Summers End

Date: October 31st - November 1st

Colours of Samhain:
Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold. Rust, Bronze, Brown.

Flowers: Sunflowers, Chrysanthemums, Sage, Pansies

Incense: Nutmeg, Sage, Mint, Clove

Stones: Jet, Obsidian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Bloodstone, Carnelian.



Foods: Apples, Pears, Pomegranates, All Grains, Pumpkin-pie, Seasonal Nuts, Cakes for the dead, Corn, All breads, Ale, Cider, Herbal teas (especially and Meat, Root Vegetables


This is a time when the Celts celebrated the end of the year with the last harvest.
Vegetation dies back with killing frosts, and therefore, literally, death is in the air. This contributes to the ancient notion that at Samhain, the veil is thin between the world of the living and the realm of the Dead.
Foods were stored and preserved for the coming winter months and life was celebrated along with recalling ancestors with love and respect.
Various traditions grew over the years and many still exist today.

It is time to reflect on what you have done in the past year and make new goals for the year ahead.

Recalling family stories and honouring them, writing them down for future generations is a good way to pass on the wisdom of the past.

Samhain was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the "wandering dead".
Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home.
Some people set extra chairs at the table and had a plate of for food the unseen guest. The uneaten meal was often placed outside for animals to eat.
Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Probably why apple trees were often seen growing in the hedge rows.
Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos.
This is the night the Fae ( Fairies) , Wee Folk or Nature Spirits would play pranks on unsuspecting humans. In order to fool them people would dress as ghosts make disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool them.

The Christian Church adopted this day as All Saints Day, celebrating the eve as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween.
The superstitions linked to this celebration by the early church, led people to take some unusual precautions to protect themselves. They adopted the tradition of dressing up in frightening costumes and disguises to ward of evil spirits.
Jack-O-Lanterns were displayed to help protect them from spirits they considered to be evil.



At home we would set a place at the table for the ancestors and leave out milk and honey for the Wee Folk. Family stories were told to remind us of where we came from and who our ancestors were. Not having any Grandparents as all had died long before I was born these stories were looked forward to as it was a way of learning about them.
Today I have no one to pass these stories onto so I will write them down and keep them alive that way.
Stories of love and hardships, tales of strange happenings and traditions that the family followed help to remind us of how people lived.
Recalling how foods were prepared and the traditional dishes cooked brings the tales to life again.

Today we can obtain foods all year round and we tend to forget that seasonal foods were looked forward to.
I like to make a dinner using the foods that are seasonal at Samhain it helps to bring me closer to what this season is all about.

THINGS TO DO

Cook a meal using seasonal foods

Create an altar to your ancestors. This can be as simple as adding a photograph of Family or those who were close to us. Recall the happy times you had together.

Carve a Pumpkin

Make a list of things you want to do during the following year

Add some fun to things and make some decorations for the home or altar
Lots of ideas to play with some complex some simple.
www.prudentpennypincher.com/100-hall
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een-crafts-for-adults/


How about a sock Pumpkin!

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Anne Marie it is never too late to use ideas. The leaf jars look good even in winter they add a warm glow to shelves and altars.
Keep a eye out for the Samhain ideas I will be adding these early so we all have a chance to see them.

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I just found this thread, and just love the creative ideas! Too late for Mabon, but I'm going to make some of those leaf bedecked jars to enjoy for the rest of the Autumn season!
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Paula - Thank you for the lovely ideas and inspiration! emoticon

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I celebrate Mabon each year on the 21st as it is my Birthday and I include Mabon celebrations on this day

My Celebrations include

My Mabon Ritual
Evening meal of:
Quiche, salad and apple pie with ice-cream.
Time in the garden this year is warm and sunny perfect for lunch in the garden.

Birthday treats include
White chocolate
White Chocolate drink before bedtime this was a gift from a friend

Special gift from DH (Colin)

I love flowers and these speak volumes to me as they are given with Love

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Wow, Paula! emoticon Your ideas and pictures are totally emoticon emoticon
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Our "pumpkin patches" and corn mazes tend to open on Mabon. Our tradition is to go get lost in the maze then come back and make an outdoor alter. I generally make my own sweet potato pie recipe for that night. We tend to grill a protein of choice and corn on the cob. I make a 3 bean salad or a "hobo packet" of squash and onions.

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MABON 21st-24th September



Also known as: Autumnal Equinox, Fall Equinox, September Equinox, Harvest Tide, Harvest Home, Harvest Festival.
Mabon is the second harvest and a busy time for all farmers as they gather in the crops.
A season of plenty with fruits, grains and vegetables in abundance.
A Harvest Festival or Thanksgiving is a wonderful way to honour the Season.

Creating a menu for this Sabbat is extra special for me as it is my Birthday on the 21st September.
Each year I make a new menu and enjoy trying new recipes.



Mabon Foods include:

Fruits:Apples, Blackberries, Raspberries, Peaches, Pears, Plums

Vegetables: Eggplant, Beetroot, Potatoes and Sweet potatoes, Butternut Squash, Sweetcorn and various root crops.

Nuts and Seeds

Bread

Meat and Fish: Roasted meats, Fish of various types

Share your Mabon Menu and add pictures if you want to.



Spiritual Focus
Abundance
Accomplishment
Balance
Gratitude

Symbols and Tools
Cornucopias
Baskets
Scarecrows
Garlands

Colours
Brown
Gold
Green
Orange
Red
Yellow

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Many of us live in urban settings making it harder to celebrate the seasons as many do who live in rural areas. However we can still enjoy the celebration of this season.


Walking in a park we appreciate the wonders of Autumn and we can pick up leaves to add to our altars.


Being creative with our altar decorations we can make jars with leaves stuck to them using Mod podge.
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Have some fun with food make your own edible Cornucopia with an ice-cream cone and fill it with fruits


Make an apple pie or crumble
Individual pies are nice and you can add cinnamon to them as well, add some soft caramel chopped up small and you will have an extra treat to your apple pie. If your sure about the caramel melting use Fudge it is softer and works just as well.

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Bake some bread.
Okay breadmaking is time consuming some may have a bread maker many do not have one. You can get bread mixes that can be made by hand, all you need is water, a little kneading, resting and proving before baking and you have fresh homemade bread.


You can get all sorts of bread types on the supermarket shelves. Try some out and find your favourite.

Still not your thing, how about part baked bread, you can get rolls and baguettes that are part baked and in 8 minutes you have fresh baked bread.


Don't forget depending on what you decide to have for your Mabon meal you can get part baked Garlic bread as well.


What ever you do have fun and please share how you celebrate Mabon.



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I'm looking forward to Mabon!

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There are 8 Sabbats in the Wheel of the Year and each one has its own magic. Even if you don't celebrate the Sabbats you can still celebrate the season.
One way is to use seasonal foods that are on offer or to use a recipe that has been adapted for the season.
Food is something we need every day and making something special that celebrates the Sabbat or season helps us draw closer to nature, something we all want to do.



Share recipes that you love for the Sabbat or Season and create a new recipe book filled with new ideas. If you have a picture to share please add it we all love to see what recipes look like when cooked.

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