The Yule log is a remnant of the bonfires that the European pagans would set ablaze at the time of winter solstice. These bonfires symbolized the return of the Sun.
The Yule log can be made of many types of wood. Each releases its own kind of magic and felt sense from the Trees:
- Aspen- invokes understanding of the grand design.
- Birch- a messenger of new beginnings and the ability to develop magic
- Rowan- elixir for long life and luminance quality to the body
- Holly-is a tree of mystery and hidden secrets with a fresh and playful nature.
- Oak- power, strength,protection, and change for the better
- Pine- signifies expansion, freedom, prosperity and growth.
- Willow- will whisper to your dreams and give you support that you need in times of stress
- Apple- an invitation to walk between the worlds
Sometimes you might have dream about the Tree that is calling you to itself. Or you walk in a safe woods and “stumble” upon just the perfect Yule log. Or saved a piece of last year’s Yule log for kindling in this year’s fire.
On the night of Yule, carve, paint, or write a symbol of your hopes, dreams, and wishes for the coming year on the log. Close your eyes and let the log send you a vision or a feeling of how to symbolize and honor its intent.
You can decorate the log with greenery, flowers, ribbons and herbs for magickal intent.
Some choices might be:
- Cedar-wealth, protection, purification, healing, promotes spirituality
- Holly-dreams, protection
- Juniper- Exorcism, protection, healing, love
- Mistletoe-a catalyst, fertility, health, success, protection, banishing evil
- Pine-healing, wealth, protection, purification, exorcism, exorcism, fertility, wealth
- Rosemary-health, love, protection, exorcism, purification, increase intellectual powers, peace, blessing, consecration, very powerful cleansing and purifying
- Dried Rose petals-love, courage, luck, health, protection, beauty
- Herbs of Yule- Bayberry, blessed thistle, evergreen, frankincense holly, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar
Burn the log by your self or with family or friends to release its power. Share your hopes, dreams, and wishes and bring them close into your heart.
Be creative, follow your attractions, and have fun!
High Priestess Bendis and Guardian High Priestess Morgana