Celebrate Winter Solstice and Yule

Meredyth Masterson
7 min readDec 19, 2023

This Thursday December 21st is the Winter Solstice, marking the longest night of the year. It’s the first official day of winter and begins the season of Yule, which celebrates the rebirth of the Sun

On the Solstice the Sun appears to stand still, or in Latin solstitium.

In ancient times we would honor this time of darkness with rest. It’s ironic that today this is the busiest time of year for many.

The natural world is embracing stillness at this time, and to help us do the same, I’ve got some Yule ideas for your winter reset.

And remember, there are 12 days of Yule, so there is no rush to enjoy. This is a time to relax, reset and begin to settle in for the hibernation energy of winter.

1) Candles, Candles, Candles!

Candles play a central role in Yule celebrations. They symbolize the triumph of light over darkness and adding a warm, while literally illuminating festivities.

If you want to get colorful, White candles symbolize purity and the return of light, while green candles represent the evergreen aspect of Yule. Red candles can symbolize the life force and the sun, and gold candles represent the sun’s warmth and energy.

Since this is the last Sabbath in 2023 on the Wheel of the Year, you might consider setting up your candles in a a circle. I love to place votive candles on the windowsill and watch as the cold condenses on the glass.

2) Connecting with Nature

This is the absolute worst time of year to drive a car in my opinion. Delivery trucks are double parked, everyone is in a hurry, and of course, it’s dark! When we connect to nature we can recharge, away from the chaos of malls and traffic.

This is an absolutely free way to honor yourself and the season. Just bundle up your warmest gear and take a walk outside. Bring evergreen…

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Meredyth Masterson

I write about tarot, life, and I offer Moon manifestation rituals from a joy-informed perspective