THE SPIRIT OF YULE
“Celebrated on the darkest day of the year. Yule is, first and foremost, a celebration of light. After weeks of successively darker days, its is a time to joyously welcome the return of the sun.”
“Everything about Yule honors life and light. The Yule log, evergreen trees, bonfires, and candles remind us that life continues even through the darkest times, and that, eventually, the light always reappears. Giving gifts and making merry with friends and family help us remember that no matter how bleak things may appear, there is always something to be thankful for. At this time, people remember the past year and make plans for the upcoming one. Planning for the coming year is a show of faith that we know life will continue on. The birch and oak may be asleep, but the fir trees and holly adorn the wintery landscape with their life.”
“The cycle of life is celebrated throughout the year and marked by the seasons and holidays. Our own lives have cycles, too. Just like the waxing and the waning of the days through the year and the moon through the months, we experience times of joy, people sometimes feel like giving up during the hard times. Remembering the cycle of life can help us get through our darkest days.”
“A goddess clad in the colors of life and love holds her baby close. The baby represents the birth of a life, a reason to hope. The dark moon behind her represents the darkness that is leaving to make way for the rising sun. Branches draped in snow represent death, but at their base are fir boughs, a reminder that life is never far away. Red, green, and white candles burn, their glow both a statement of faith about and a celebration of the return of light. In the midst of a grey and empty landscape, she has created a haven to celebrate and nurture life.”
MESSAGE FOR YOU
“You may currently find yourself between life and death – not literally but figuratively. Some aspect of your life is over, and the moment of transformation has not yet come. This place may seem like an uncomfortable limbo. However, you have the opportunity to reach into the realms of the otherworld and gain wisdom that will complete your transformation. Pay close attention to your intuition and omens. The time for magical change is upon you!”
“Whether your situation is bleak or just not as bright as you’d like, the Spirit of Yule suggests that you prepare for and call to you the return of light and joy. This is a situation where like things attract. If you actively call forth light and joy, they will come to you. You can do this in many ways, such as focusing on your current blessings and making plans for the time ahead.”
Today’s guidance is from Enchanted Oracle by Barbara Moore and Jessica Galbreth.
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