I went online to do some research for my latest book and I’m going to share that information this month. It all borders on the supernatural and explains a lot of our traditions for this time of year. Yule is celebrated at the Midwinter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year. Yule comes from the Germanic “Jul” and means “Wheel.” At Yule, we celebrate winter and the rebirth of the Sun, as it’s the day the sun (and light) begin to return and days to grow longer.
At Yule, we mourn the passing of the Old God who is the Lord of Winter. This ancient God has many names, including Cernunnos, Odin, Harlequin, and Santa Claus. This God is portrayed as an old man, majestic and often jolly. Sometimes He is shown as a King in ermine-trimmed robes, other times He is shown as a Jester and called the King of Fools. The Old God is the Lord of Death and of the Spirit World and magic. He is the God of the forest, of animals, and of the hunt. Often, He is shown with antlers or horns.
This is a time of new beginnings both physically and spiritually, the wheel of the year has made a complete circle. The darkest night of winter is considered a good time for self-examination and discovering the “seeds” of spiritual growth or hindrance which are lying dormant within us.
The Yule moon of December is the only moon of the year that’s almost consistently claimed by the forces of light on Earth. A full moon whose metaphysical energies are dominated by the Spirit of Christmas as directed by the delightful demi-angel Santa Clause. This full moon is said to cause a peaceful effect.
Here are some of the superstitions –
December is the only month that traditions say older werewolves don’t transform and younger one become white and gentle.
Vampires beyond the 4th generation lose the urge for blood and younger ones become human during the time the moon is completely full.
Alfaheimr the land of Elves was inhabited by spirits who created the Sun. Including Elves in Yule ritual encourages them to rejuvenate the Sun and make it shine again.
Evergreens trees remained green throughout the winter they were thought to have power over death and could defeat winter demons roaming the earth and urge the coming of the Sun.
The vibrant green leaves and bright red berries of holly appear during the winter to symbolize rebirth.
Homes and holiday trees were decorated with candles to frighten away unwanted spirits and to encourage the Sun to shine.
To the Druids, the white berries of mistletoe symbolized semen of the Gods and was used to bring fertility and abundance. Hung over the doorway it protects from thunder, lightning and malicious evil.
In Holiday in Maine, my shifters have gathered to celebrate Yule. Please join them!