Merry meet all,
There is 7 more days until the Winter Solstice. The moon waxes in the skies. The moon is in Taurus Void of Course 9:54 pm EST to Dec.15-1:40 am.
I’m about more than halfway through the Magickal House Cleaning Challenge. I have enjoyed it so far and was finally able to get those annoying details taken care of that I meant to do. I can sense a difference in the energy in my apartment. It’s hard to find the time to clean.
I have a tiny plastic tree for Yule. It is barely two feet high. However, I can’t have a real tree in my apartment and I don’t believe in cutting down an unfortunate sentient tree anyway. I feel sorry for the thousands of trees cut down for one day or a month of peoples’ gratification. Those trees were hanging out with the other trees in the forest, happily acting as homes to insects and birds alike, and feeling the wind in their boughs. Now when Yule ends, they are shipped off to compost or landfill or the trash. I am such a tree hugger, huh?
I won’t condemn you if you still cut down a tree to decorate. Just be conscious of how you treat the tree afterwards. I have ornaments that I have saved since time immemorial too. Here is a blessing ritual for your Yule tree.
Once you have found the perfect tree, connect with its energy. Feel its energy flowing from the earth and to you and to everything else. Ask the tree to send its energy to the earth to avoid harm to the tree. Tree roots reach deep into the frozen earth. Say this blessing when you make the cut:
O evergreen, mighty tree who is full of life. I take your life into me and ask your blessing. We welcome you into our home and honor you, to adorn you with light and bells in the season of the sun. We honor you, O evergreen, to bless our home with your energy.
Chop the tree six inches above the ground, and cut cleanly. Wear gloves and be careful to avoid harming yourself, your family or pets. Tie a rope around the tree trunk to protect your hands to haul it away from the area. Push some fertilizer sticks into the earth to allow for new growth in spring.
Leave birdseed as an offering to the wildlife in the area. You can scatter birdseed as a protective circle around the stump where you chopped the tree. The birds depended on the tree for shelter. Consider replanting a tree in a new area.
Now you can decorate the tree with your cherished ornaments. Light some incense and candles and get a pot of herbal tea brewing or rum and eggnog. You can say a new blessing on the tree. Use your candles and incense.
O Yule tree, tree of life, we honor and bless you in our home, to savour the harmony of Yule.
Sprinkle the incense as a blessing around the tree. Pass the candle around the tree. Sprinkle water around the tree. Enjoy your Yule tree.
- Yule: The Winter Solstice the Asatru Way (theasatrucommunity.org)
- An end to the Yule Tree Controversy in Berlin at last… and more on Yule Trees… (tannhauser3.wordpress.com)
- Choosing an Artificial or Fresh Cut Christmas Tree (christmastreeforme.com)
- The Winter Solstice is nearing… (sageofwellness.wordpress.com)
- Let’s Talk Witch – Pagan symbols for Yule Tree (witchesofthecraft.com)
- Why Buy an Artificial Christmas Tree? (christmastreeforme.com)
- Winter Solstice (morainefarmcsa.wordpress.com)