Seven Crystals for Yule
Traditionally, the pagan festival of Yule is celebrated on the 21st of December and marks the rebirth of the sun. This is also the winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year. At this time in the wheel of the year, the goddess becomes a mother again in giving birth to the sun. This is a celebration of rebirth and renewal, as well as looking forward to and planning for the coming year. After Yule, the sun slowly climbs in the sky bringing a little more light day by day.
As a fire festival, Yule is often celebrated with bonfires and natural decorations such as oranges, apples, holly, ivy, and mistletoe. Traditionally, a central feature of a Yule celebration would be a yule log. This should have been harvested from a person’s own land or have been gifted to them rather than bought. The log is brought into the house, laid in the fireplace, and adorned with greenery, cider, and flour. Using a piece of the previous year’s log, the yule log is lit and left to burn overnight and smolder for 12 days before being out. In modern times, this practice is often not possible, so alternatives are used. Alternatives are often in the form of a homemade candle holder which consists of a thick tree branch. The branch should be flattened on one side to make it stable and safe, and have three holes drilled in the top, large enough for your chosen candles. The candle holder can be decorated with seasonal greenery, flowers, and colors associated with Yule, such as red, gold, green, and white, if desired.
1. Clear Quartz
Clear quartz is a powerful healing crystal that has the ability to amplify, release, unblock, and regulate energy. It is a deeply cleansing crystal that can be used to connect the mind, body, and soul. This crystal can be used in bringing clarity to your thinking and in boosting concentration, so is an excellent aid to meditation. Clear quartz will amplify positive thoughts and energy and help stimulate you into taking positive actions. If you are feeling confused, inadequate or unsure in life, this crystal can help you to see your worth and path ahead more clearly.
2. Lemon Quartz
This crystal is also known as ouro verde quartz and has received no toxic radiation in order to produce it’s beautiful colouring. This variety of quartz is said to bring optimism and creativity to anyone that wears it. Meditation with lemon quartz will help you to focus on your goals with a clear mind and positive outlook. This is an excellent choice of stone for supporting anyone who wishes to make changes in their lives. Lemon quartz can be used to help lessen negative thoughts and feelings of anxiety. It can be used to look into the future and at potential future events with the wisdom of the past in mind. This can lead to more clarity of thought and the ability to make more positive and constructive choices. Ouro verde quartz can help you in seeing meaning in life and in reaching your full potential. This crystal has a high vibrational rate that some people may find is too much or causes an adverse reaction.
Since ancient times, peridot has been believed to be a very protective stone that has the ability to keep away evil spirits. This is an excellent cleansing stone that can be used to remove anything toxic from a person, whether these are present in the physical body, mind, spirit, or aura. Peridot can be used in any situation where burdens and guilt from the past need to be released. This crystal teaches that holding onto the past is counterproductive, and can hinder our progress in life or leave us following negative patterns of thoughts and behaviors.
Rubies have long been associated with winter solstice celebrations. It is an energizing stone that can bring vitality to life but that some may find overstimulating. This crystal encourages us to have a passion for life and to follow your heart, while keeping any goals realistic. With its ability to bring enthusiasm, passion, and vigor to life, ruby is an ideal stone for setting and manifesting intentions for the coming year.
5. Black Onyx
Onyx is a crystal of strength that can provide support in difficult or confusing situations. This stone can help to centre your energy and help you to connect with your inner and higher self. This can make moving forward an easier process and give more self-confidence. Onyx is a grounding stone that releases negativity and helps you to understand what motivates you. This information can then be used in making decisions and working on goals and plans for the upcoming year.
6. Snowflake Obsidian
This pretty black and white stone helps us to remember that everything in life is in balance and at Yule, this relates to the balance between light and dark. It can be used to reflect on our most inner thoughts and feelings, bringing forward issues that need our attention or to be worked on. Snowflake obsidian will support in addressing these matters and then in moving forward with life. This can be a particularly beneficial stone for anyone who finds the dark winter months difficult.
7. Snow Quartz
Snow quartz can be used as an alternative to clear quartz and has a gentler, but slower working energy. It can be useful for sensitive individuals or when it is beneficial to work through a matter slowly but effective. This crystal can be used in supporting you in learning life lessons and in understanding your limits. Snow quartz is a helpful stone when tact and cooperation are needed and will help you think before you speak. It can help to slow the emotions and stop you being carried away by these. When used in meditation, snow quartz can help to enhance mental clarity and alertness.
© 2017 Claire