(SIDE NOTE – the position of the Moon, Sun, Mars, and Venus are not where they might be in 2019 as this was written in 2002.)
Yule brings the longest night of the year and the rebirth of the Sun King. The energies of this Sabbat are very strong and very fertile in water and earth on December 21. Mars and Venus are united in Scorpio, and the Moon waxes full in her own sign, but then moves void-of-course. Celebrate the night before on Venus’s day and enjoy all the pleasures of the flesh. Use a table-top balsam as your altar, and festoon it with all glittery symbols of the elements and Lord and Lady. Anoint bayberry candles and burn them for propensity and growth in the coming year. Make a sumptuous fest of comforting and magical foods. Smudge your altar with dried arbor vitae to waft your desires to the Goddess. Indulge your senses with the sights and smells of the season. Carve Sun symbols on last year’s Yule log and burn it with chanting (bring back the light!).
Invite friends and family to the feasting to reveal the universality of your craft and the playful side of your spirituality. Reclaim the ancient pagan customs of the season.
Copyright K. D. Spitzer in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2002 Page