Ideas For Celebrating Yule As A Solitary Witch
The Yuletide season is upon us, and the Winter Solstice arrives when we reach the peak of the darkest time of the year. The earth’s axis tilts away from the sun. This is when we experience the longest night and the shortest day of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, this falls between December 20-22. It is often on or recognized on December 21st. In the Southern Hemisphere, it falls between June 21-23. Here are a few ways you can celebrate a Yule or the Winter Solstice as a solitary Witch.
All the holidays around Winter Solstice are mainly about celebrating the light returning and the hope for the future. Darker Winter months (especially in ancient times) had higher death rates, and the land becomes barren and cold, which could be very hard to get through. For us, the solstice represents a symbol of hope. It reminds us that this is as dark as it gets and soon the light will return, to guide us out of the darkness.
Learn about the Winter Solstice and Various Holiday Traditions
Most of us are familiar with Christmas and Hanukkah, and most pagans will celebrate Yule. Yule comes from Norse origins and traditions. Many pagan paths have adopted it! One way to really connect with the holiday is to look up its origins.
If you don’t feel particularly connected with Yule or Norse traditions, you can also look into other winter holidays and festivals that are celebrated around the solstice.
To name a few examples: the ancient Egyptians used this time to celebrate the Sun god Ra. The ancient Greeks celebrated the Feast of Poseidon. The Romans would celebrate Saturnalia and the god of time and agriculture, Saturn.
If you have a specific path or are connecting with your ancestors and heritage, see if you can find more information on their history and traditions. It’s an amazing way to connect with your ancestors!
Learn about Winter Deities
Another research project you could do around this time of year (you know I love a research project) is to research what deities are most celebrated or honored at this time of year to connect with them. In Norse traditions, Odin was said to visit from Asgard in disguise as “Old Man Winter” to give gifts. In Greek culture, offerings are given to Demeter to comfort her in her daughter Persephone’s absence (wink wink) while she is in the Underworld. Persephone is often also honored at this time with pomegranate seeds and other offerings. As mentioned above, some cultures would celebrate sun or agriculture gods such as Saturn and Ra.
This is a great time to learn about the deities traditionally honored and how you can follow tradition and honor them as well.