Monday, December 19, 2016

Natural Yule Altar


Happy Yule, everyone! It's almost here, which puts me in a holly, jolly mood.

Oh yes, I'm one of those people. The ones who play holiday music from the moment the Thanksgiving turkey is carved until I woefully take down my tree. I just love festiveness. Don't fault me!

Yule is truly a time of rest and respite, which I take pretty seriously. Therefore, my altar is extremely simplistic this time of year. I prefer to spend more time making memories with my family, reflecting on my spirituality, and reading (some enlightening books, some wholly not) rather than performing in-depth circles and castings. While there is a place for strict ritual, and while some people deeply resonate with that, I do not. Reflection at Yule IS my ritual. I don’t need an elaborate altar or a solemn rite to solidify that. Nor do you! =D

Simplicity is beautiful, isn’t it?! ;)

My suggestion to you, dear reader, is to take a Yuletide walk and let nature guide you. Find a fallen bough of evergreens? Perfect! Stumble upon acorns? Score! Don’t overcomplicate it. We do that enough in life. Let intuition guide you. Let this be enjoyable and serene. On a social level, this tends to be a stressful season, which is kind of bogus when you consider Yule is intended to be the antithesis of stress! 

As a matter of fact, this is a time when heavy workloads are frowned upon from a Pagan perspective. This is a time for YOU! A time of deep introspection to check in with your spiritual self and see what said spiritual self desires. Even nature is taking a deep breath right now, resetting and restoring for the bountiful spring. Embrace this beautiful interlude! Don’t spend it berating yourself about missed holiday parties and not having Martha-Stewart-grade cookies. The same applies to your altar!

For my altar I kept it simple with evergreen trimmings, pine cones, and white votive candles. This allows me to honor the day while still giving myself time to recoup from a busy year. 

Because, honestly, this was quite a kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck kind of a year. There's been so many amazing things that I am deeply grateful for, but also a lot of heartache and sorrow. This year, I need a little extra time to heal and reflect. Some years are like that. Honor that. Don't struggle through it. That is precisely the intent of Yule—a time to check-in with yourself and feed any needs.

I hope you all have a candy-cane eating, carol-singing, gingerbread-baking, bonfire-dancing kind of Yule! 🎄

Blessings! ♥♥♥


How do you celebrate Yule? Do you enjoy the hustle and bustle, or do you like to keep it calm and laid back?

By using this site, you agree you have read the full DISCLAIMER.

NOTE: As with any recommendation found on this blog, consult your doctor or naturopath before use.

4 comments:

  1. Lookin' a little warm where you are with that brown green grass in the background. Haha! Seeing them same here in GA. I can't wait to move up the east coast to somewhere it snows. I miss the snow so much...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! Yes, I feel your sorrows on the snow! We got, like, three half-formed flakes and I got all excited. Nothing like a good snow day! It's like earning extra time! =P

      Delete

There is enough negativity in this world. Please keep comments polite! Thank you for keeping this blog friendly and welcoming!
As always, consult with your doctor before implementing any recommendations from this blog or comment thread.