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Magickal Goody of the Day for December 16th – Yule Tree Topper

Magickal Goody of the Day

Make a Tree Topper from Found Natural Items


If your family puts up a holiday tree, it can sometimes be hard to find just the right tree topper. After all, you may not be into angels, Santa Claus might not be your thing, and some of those gold stars are pretty floppy. So why not celebrate the natural aspect of the season, and make a tree topper out of the gifts the earth provides?

Collect an assortment of the following:

  • Sticks – try to find five with a similar diameter
  • Nuts, berries or acorns
  • Small pine cones, dried fruits or cinnamon sticks
  • Feathers
  • Vines, bark or dried moss

You’ll also need some raffia or cotton string and a hot glue gun.

Cross the sticks over one another to form a star. Use a dab of hot glue to hold them in place while you wrap the raffia or string around the intersections of the five sticks.

Add nuts and berries, pinecones, feathers or pieces of bark to embellish your star. Tie a piece of raffia or string into a loop at the top, and hang your star on the top of your tree.

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WOTC Extra – Themes of Yule

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Rebirth of light, hope, renewal, regeneration

The Child of Promise Light and hope in the time of greatest darkness

Encouraging the sun with fire, light, spherical (sun-shaped) decorations on the tree

Evergreen life persisting in the time of death

Order rescued from chaos, time and the cosmos renewed

Death of the old, birth of the new

A time apart, a pause, a breath before the cycle continues

Cessation of hostilities, peace and goodwill

The leveling of social barriers, a reversal of social order, misrule

Reward and punishment for the deeds of the year- a time of reckoning



Yule (The Eight Sabbats)
Anna Franklin

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Let Talk Witch – Twelve Days Out of Time

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Between Samhain and Yule, the nights darken and grow longer – the sun is dying. With the reduction of its protective power, the shades of the dead and the spirits of chaos are gradually released from the underworld and this intensifies as the shadows lengthen.  As the winter solstice approaches they threaten to engulf the sun and bring about a return to primordial chaos.

The sun reborn at Yule is a weakling babe and for twelve days all is still uncertain. Only at their conclusion does the sun gain enough power to turn the tide and send the Winter Spirits back to the underworld. These first twelve days are the most dangerous and uncanny days of the year. They exist outside of normal time and do not belong to the year proper – time is in suspension. Finnish shamans call this period ‘the Dreaming’ or ‘God’s Trance Hour.’ The strangeness of these days is reflected in many of their other names: the Balkan ‘unbaptised days’; the Slovenian ‘wolf nights’; the Germanic ‘raw nights’ and the Bulgarian ‘heathen days’ or ‘dirty days’ when demons attack the World Tree. In Scotland, no court had power during the Twelve Days. The Irish believed that anyone who died during these days escaped purgatory and went straight to Heaven. In Finland and Sweden the Twelve days of Christmas were declared to be time of civil peace by law and anyone committing a crime during them could expect a stiffer sentence than normal.

The ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians and Teutons (among others) all had a twelve day festival around the winter solstice. The idea was adopted by Christianity in the fourth century, because, the apologists said, it took the Wise Men twelve days to find Jesus. They start on Boxing Day because ‘Christmas Day was a holy day’, or maybe because the old way of counting days was that they began at sunset, so Boxing Day starts on the eve of December 25th.

Others say that the Twelve Days do begin on Christmas day, which makes Epiphany the Thirteenth Day of Christmas. Epiphany, on January 6th, brings an end to the Christmas period. Epiphany means ‘revelation’ as in the manifestation of a god. In parts of Europe the festive period is still sometimes celebrated for thirteen days and is referred to as ‘the Thirteen’. In Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Holland, Epiphany is called ‘the Thirteenth’.

Many of the ancient beliefs and customs surrounding the Twelve Days remain to this day. They are a time of danger, the eerie and the supernatural, haunted by spirits which might punish or reward. The Wild Hunt rides out to collect souls, and in Iceland it goes by the name of the ‘Yule Host’. In Guernsey the powers of darkness are supposed to be more than usually active on the twelve days between St. Thomas’s Day (the solstice) and New Year’s Eve. In Greece the Kallikantzaroi appear to wreak havoc. In Sweden the trolls are abroad, and elsewhere werewolves roam. According to Barnaby Gouge:

Wherein they are afraid of sprites,
And cankered witches spite,
And dreadful devils black and grim,
That then have chiefest might.

The dead return and traditions surrounding Yule include feasts left out for them. The Twelve Days represent the twelve signs of the zodiac the sun must past through and the twelve months of the coming year, and many omens were taken from them. In England it was said that the weather on the first day would reflect the weather in January, the weather on the second day the weather in February and so on. In Brittany it is supposed that the wind which prevails on the first twelve days of the year will blow during each of the twelve months, the first day corresponding to January, the second to February, etc.

Because a new era was beginning it was a prime time for divination of various kinds. In England, for example, girls would place onions in the chimney breast, named for their suitors, and the one that sprouted first would be their husband. Or they might go to the wood stack and draw out a stick. If it was straight and even, with no knots in it, their future husband would be gentle, but if it was crooked, he would be crabbed and churlish. In Poland, wax from the candles was dripped into glasses of water and then held to the light to interpret the patterns. Young girls would go out to the road and listen to the wind – if they could hear a voice or an animal, it would be from that direction that their future beckoned. If they heard nothing, they would yell and listen for the distance and direction of the echo. On the Isle of Man, goggans (small mugs) were filled with symbols of various trades such as water for a sailor, meal for a farmer and so on. These were laid in front of the hearth and the unmarried girls were brought in and according to the goggan they laid their hands upon, so was the trade of their future husband.



Yule (The Eight Sabbats)
Anna Franklin

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Magickal Goody for December 15th – Yule Simmering Potpourri

Magickal Goody for Today

Yule Simmering Potpourri

You can bring the scents of the Yule season into your home by blending up your own batch of potpourri. Keep it in a Mason jar so it will stay fresh. To use, simply scoop ½ of mix into a small pot, and cover with a few inches of water. Allow to simmer on low heat on your stovetop, adding water as the potpourri reduces down. You can also use a small potpourri-sized crock pot. If you’re feeling really crafty, make a big batch, divide into several jars, and then tie with a decorative ribbon or piece of raffia. Add a note card, and give as gifts for your friends at Yule!

Blend together:

  • 3 Cups dried orange peel
  • 1 Cup dried lemon zest
  • 4 Cinnamon sticks, snapped into thirds
  • 1/4 Cup whole cloves
  • 1/4 Cup pine needles
  • A pinch of allspice
  • 10 juniper berries

Mix in a bowl and then keep in a Mason jar until you’re ready to use.


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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Winter Solstice

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Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Winter Solstice
Mother earth, we feel your heart beat
Mother earth, bless this day
Turning wheel, with your life force
The Winter Solstice has come our way
Winter Solstice, shaft of light
Signifies the shortest day
Turning wheel, the coldest season
Has sprinkled snowflakes of a silver grey
Snowflakes dancing in the wind of change
Inspires within me the dreams of hope
The Winter Solstice is a magical day
Colorful visions in the kaleidoscope
Mother earth, we feel your heart beat
Mother earth, bless this day
Turning wheel, with your life force
The Winter Solstice has come our way
Written and Submitted by Alwyn
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Carving a Magical o’Lantern

Carving a Magical o’Lantern

The original jack-o-lanterns were carved out of turnips and cabbages. The carving of pumpkins, gourds, and other fruits of the harvest season is still in wide practice today. Although this has survived as a secular tradition and is now part of the fun of the Halloween celebration, it can take on a much greater significance.

You will need these things:

1 medium pumpkin

Felt tip pen



Large spoon

Medium bowl

Votive candle or tea light


Long kitchen matches

Meditate on the symbol of the pentagram, for its use here will be twofold. The pentagram when viewed upright has many connotations. In this ritual, it will be used as a symbol of protection. The inverted pentagram is frequently subjected to controversial associations, and for this reason it is not often used.

While the inverted pentagram is a symbol of undeniable power and often brings with it a sense of fear, in this exercise, we will look at the inverted pentagram in a new way. As you meditate on the upright pentagram and its protective associations, think of it as a shield, deflecting any unwanted and unwelcome influences. When you view the pentagram in its inverted position, think of it as a channel or conduit through which benevolent energy may pass . One way to visualize this dual power of the pentagram is to imagine the point of the star at the top as an impenetrable psychic weapon against undesired energy. It is the proverbial athalme against which those spirits that enter without love or trust must fall. When turned upside down, imagine the pentagram to be a doorway; between the two uppermost points of the star is the veil between the worlds through which the spirits you invoke may pass. The purpose of the magical lantern is to ward off unwanted spirits, while at the same time acting as a beacon for those with whom we wish to visit us on Samhain night. The dual use of the pentagram is to take advantage of both of its associations so that it may function as a portal as well as a shield.

Use the knife to carve the pentagram directly onto the top of the candle. You should use the entire edge of the knife, not just the tip . Lay the blade across the candle surface so that the wick is in the center of the knife. Your first cut will be from the upper right to the bottom center, then from the bottom center to the upper left, from the upper left to the right (centered ), from right to left (centered ), and finally from left to the upper right, making an inverted pentagram.

After you have placed the invoking pentagram onto your candle you may bless and dress the candle and set it on your altar. Since the candle is small and its symbolism powerful, some essential oil (pine or garlic, for warding off evil) and powdered incense will suffice for candle dressing. A simple charm can be spoken:

“May my beloveds from beyond the veil
Follow your gentle glowing light.
Illuminate their journey
On this sacred night of nights.”

Now prepare your pumpkin by thoroughly washing and drying its surface. Spread out the newspapers and place the pumpkin on top of them and keep the bowl handy. Using the pen, draw an octagon around the stem of the pumpkin. This will be your guide for cutting the top. You want to draw the octagon so that there is plenty of room between the cuts and the stem, but not so large that it encroaches upon the sides — the octagon should not be seen when you view the pumpkin from its side.

Place the tip of the knife at the edge of one of the lines of the octagon and press it directly into the pumpkin at an approximate 20-degree angle pointing towards the center of the pumpkin. Remove the knife and repeat this all around the octagon. By cutting at an inward angle instead of straight down, you are ensuring that your lid will function correctly; if you cut straight down, the lid will fall into the pumpkin instead of resting on top. Once you have finished cutting, pry the top off and trim any hanging strings or seeds. Next, use the spoon to scoop out all of the seeds and place them in the bowl. Scrape the inside of the now-hollowed-out pumpkin of any loose strings. Pay special attention to the bottom. You want this to be as level as you can make it because this is where your candle is going to sit.

When you have cut all five edges, you can push the pentagon out from the center. Next, cut out the triangle above the pentagon and push it out. Continue cutting out the triangles and last, cut out the pie shapes. If you make a mistake and cut all the way through one of the “arms” of the pentacle, you can salvage the design by rejoining the cut segments with toothpicks. If you go out of the lines, you can remove any remaining pen markings with a little rubbing alcohol. Place the candle inside the pumpkin and light it with a long match or joss stick. Replace the lid, but if your pumpkin is on the small side , the inside of the top will scorch. You can leave the lid ajar, or just set it off to the side while the candle is burning. Your lantern is now ready for display, and it will surely frighten the unwelcome away.

Provenance Press’s Guide To The Wiccan Year: A Year Round Guide to Spells, Rituals, and Holiday Celebrations
Judy Ann Nock


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Samhain Charm

Samhain Charm

In your mortar and pestle, combine equal parts of pine (needles or resin), clove buds, and dried ginger root. Grind them together into a fine powder. Place the mixture in the center of a three-inch round piece of black felt. Gather up the edges and tie them closed with a red thread. Wear this herbal charm on your person, or keep it in your pocket. The pine will deflect evil, while the clove is sacred to Hecate, and the ginger is an offering to the dead.

• Eat the seeds and share them with your companions, should there be any present.

• Extinguish your candles and release the directions . Open the circle and give thanks to the goddesses invoked. Sleep and have enchanted dreams of benevolent visiting spirits.

Provenance Press’s Guide To The Wiccan Year: A Year Round Guide to Spells, Rituals, and Holiday Celebrations
Judy Ann Nock
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How To Celebrate the God & Goddess at Samhain

How To Celebrate the God & Goddess at Samhain

In some Wiccan traditions, by Samhain, the Goddess has entered her incarnation of Crone. She is the Old One, the earth mother, the wise one we turn to when we need advice. She teaches us that sometimes we must let go in order to move on. The God, at Samhain, is the Horned One, the stag of great antlers, the god of the wild hunt. He is the animal that dies so that we may eat, and the grains and corn that once lived in the field before our harvest. We can honor these late-fall aspects of both the Goddess and the God in one ritual.

Begin by casting a circle, if your tradition requires it. Prior to starting the ceremony, place three sheaves of corn or wheat around the ritual space. You’ll also need a statue or other image of the God and of the Goddess at the center of your altar. Around the statues, place five candles — red and black to represent the dark aspect of the Goddess, green and brown to symbolize the wild God, and white for the hearth and home.

Place a plate of dark bread, enough for each person present, near the center of the altar, along with a cup of wine or cider. Circle the altar. The youngest person present will act as the Handmaiden, and the oldest as the High Priest (HP) or High Priestess (HPs). If you’re performing this rite as a solitary, simply take on both parts. The HPs lights the red and black candles, and says:

A pair of candles is lit
in honor of the Goddess.
She is Maiden and Mother throughout the year
and tonight we honor her as Crone.

Next, the HPs lights the brown and green candles, saying:

A pair of candles is lit
in honor of the God.
He is wild and fertile and animal
and tonight we honor him as the Horned God.

The Handmaiden takes the bread and walks the circle with the plate, allowing each person to tear off a chunk. As they do so, she says: May the blessings of the Goddess be upon you. The cup of wine or cider is passed around, and each person takes a sip. As they do, the Handmaiden should say: May the blessings of the God be upon you.

The Handmaiden then lights the fifth candle, for the hearth, saying:

This candle is lit
in honor of hearth and home.
The mother and father, the Goddess and God,
watch over us tonight as we honor them.

The HPs then takes over, saying:

We light these five candles
for the powerful Goddess
and her mighty horned consort, the God,
and for the safety of home and hearth.
On this, the night of Samhain,
when the Goddess is a wise Crone,
and the God is a wild stag,
we honor them both.

The Handmaiden says:

This is a time between the worlds,
a time of life and a time of death.
This is a night unlike any other night.
Ancient ones, we ask your blessing.
Goddess, great Crone, mother of all life,
we thank you for your wisdom.
Horned God, master of the wild hunt, keeper of the forest,
we thank you for all that you provide.

At this time, the rest of the group may also say thanks. If you wish to make an offering to the God and Goddess, now is the time to place it upon the altar.

Once all offerings have been made, and thanks given, take a moment to meditate on the new beginnings of Samhain. Consider the gifts that the gods have given you over the past year, and think about how you might show them your gratitude in the coming twelve months. As the old year dies, make room in the new year for new things in your life. You may not know yet what’s coming, but you can certainly imagine, dream and hope. Tonight, this night between the worlds, is the perfect time to imagine what things may come.

End the ritual in the way called for by your tradition.


  • Decorate your altar with symbols of the God — antlers, acorns, pine cones, phallic symbols — and representations of the Goddess, such as red flowers, cups, pomegranates, etc.
  • If your tradition honors a specific pair of male and female deities, feel free to substitute their names in this ritual wherever it says God or Goddess.
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