Claire has worked with crystals and many other aspects of paganism for over 14 years. She has also studied reiki up to master level.
In the Northern hemisphere, Yule is traditionally celebrated on the 21st December. Also known as the winter solstice, Yule is the longest night and shortest day of the year and marks the start of the suns gradual return to our lives. From this day on the sun rises a little earlier and stays in the sky a little longer each day as the seasons begin to change and head towards spring.
As a fire festival, Yule is traditionally celebrated with bonfires and often features natural decorations such as oranges, holly, mistletoe and ivy with the yule log as a central feature of the festivities. It is customary for this to have been harvested from the homeowners land or gifted to them, rather than being purchased elsewhere. The log is brought into the house where it is laid in the fireplace and adorned with greenery, cider and flour. It is then lit using a piece of the previous year’s log and left to burn overnight. The log is then allowed to smoulder for 12 days before being put out. In modern times this practice is often impractical or not possible as many houses no longer have open fireplaces and so alternatives have evolved in its place. One option is to create a candle holder using a thick section of tree branch. This is flattened on one side so that it remains stable and three holes are then created in the top, large enough for candles to be placed inside. The branch can then be decorated with seasonal greenery and colours associated with yule such as red, gold and green. Another modern variation of the yule log is to bake an edible cake and chocolate version. These are often created using a large Swiss roll that is then covered in chocolate icing and decorated.
Yule is regarded as a time of reflection, transformation and hope as well as a time to recognise and acknowledge our blessings. It is a good time for rituals and other workings connected to rebirth, renewal and new beginnings. Other correspondences for yule include:
- Creative inspiration
- Inner renewal
- Honouring family and friends
Crystals can be incorporated into your yule celebrations in several ways. They can be used to decorate altars and other spaces to bring their vibrations into your home or carried with you to keep the beneficial energy with you as you go about your day. Crystals can also be used in meditation and crystal grids or used to enhance spell work.
1. Clear Quartz
Clear quartz is a powerful healing crystal that is also known as the master healing crystal. It is a piezoelectric stone and can amplify, release, unblock and regulate energy. Clear quartz is regarded as a deeply cleansing crystal that can be used to harmonise the mind, body and soul. Due to its ability to amplify energy clear quartz is a good choice when you need an extra boost in life, whether in a certain area or more generally. For example, it can aid in boosting concentration or motivation to get a task finished. This is a beneficial crystal for use in meditation where it can help bring clarity to your thinking and in helping you to see a clear path forwards. Clear quartz can also be used in amplifying the effects of other crystals by keeping them together or working with them at the same time. The energy of this variety of quartz can also be used to boost spell or ritual work.
Clear quartz is commonly used in creating crystal balls and is a good choice for divination work as it is believed to enhance psychic abilities, open the third eye and increase clarity. This is a good choice of crystal for removing negative energy or thoughts from your life and opening the way for more beneficial and positive experiences. By encouraging you to stay open-minded clear quartz may help you reach new levels of understanding in a given situation or your life in general.
2. Lemon Quartz
This crystal is also known as ouro verde quartz and said to bring optimism and creativity to anyone that wears it. When used in meditation lemon quartz can help you to focus on your goals with a clear mind and positive outlook. This is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes to make changes in their lives but needs a little encouragement or support. Lemon quartz is said to be beneficial for anyone looking to clarify their life direction, consolidate goals or set targets.
Lemon quartz can be used to help ease negative thoughts and anxiety. This yellow crystal reminds us to stay in the moment and be mindful of our many blessings, even when life is challenging or feels overwhelming. Ouro verde quartz can help you in seeing meaning in life and in reaching your full potential. The energy of this crystal is optimistic and bright that is said to strengthen the intellect as well as our ability to perceive and process information and experiences. Lemon quartz boosts self-confidence and helps show us the joy in all we do.
Since ancient times, peridot has been used as a protective stone believed to have the ability to repel evil spirits and shield against the negative words, opinions and actions of others. It is an excellent cleansing stone that works on the physical body, mind, spirit or aura. Peridot is a beneficial crystal in situations where guilt and other burdens from the past need to be released. Working with this striking green crystal teaches us that holding onto the past is counterproductive and can hinder our progress or keep us stuck in negative thought and behaviour patterns. Peridot is said to increase confidence and bravery, especially when you need to speak up for yourself or others without having to resort to unkindness or force. It is seen as an attractor of good luck and as a good choice for those who struggle with change, renewal or rebirth.
Ruby is an attractive red stone that has long been associated with yule celebrations. It is an energising crystal that is said to attract passion, vitality and prosperity. It encourages you to live life with passion and follow your heart while reminding us to keep our goals realistic and achievable. Rubies are believed to be a good choice for setting intentions for the coming year. It is a beneficial stone for people who find they struggle to find motivation in day to day life or feel uninspired. This red crystal is also of benefit to anyone who needs a boost in confidence or self-worth. Ruby can be a helpful crystal for sensitive people and empaths who feel that they are often pushed around or disregarded by others as it aids in speaking up and standing your ground when needed.
5. Black Onyx
Black onyx is a crystal of strength that is often used to provide support in difficult or confusing situations. It is grounding and protective stone that releases negativity and helps you connect with your inner and higher self. Black onyx is thought to help in past life regressions and in bringing awareness to karmic patterns and behaviours that need to be worked on and cleared. This crystal can help moving forward in life an easier process as it increases self-confidence and helps in understanding what motivates you. This information can be then be used in making decisions and working on goals and plans for the upcoming year.
Black onyx helps to guard against negativity from people around you and supports in getting rid of bad habits. This crystal is helpful when trying to settle disagreements and or when recovering and moving on from failed relationships.
6. Snowflake Obsidian
This variety if obsidian can be a particularly beneficial stone for anyone who finds the dark winter months difficult as it helps us to remember that everything in life should be kept in balance and that although it is dark and cold, at yule we begin the journey towards light again. It is a beneficial crystal when reflecting on our most innermost thoughts and feelings and can bring forward the issues that most need our attention at that time. Snowflake obsidian supports in the process of addressing these issues and brings the strength needed to work through them and move on with life. This can be an especially beneficial crystal for anyone who finds the dark winter months challenging Snowflake obsidian will support in addressing these matters and then in moving forward with life.
Meditating with a piece of onyx can help you to gain a new perspective on issues in life and come up with creative solutions. This is a stabilising stone that brings focus and commitment when we strive to break bad habits and aim to rid our lives of negative perceptions.
7. Snow Quartz
Snow quartz can be used in place of clear quartz and has a gentle slow working energy. This can be beneficial for sensitive individuals or when you are looking to work through a matter slowly but effectively. This variety of quartz can be used to support you in learning life’s lessons and in understanding your limits. Snow quartz is a useful stone when tact and cooperation are needed and will help you think before you speak. It is a good choice of crystal for those who tend to be easily overwhelmed and carried away by their emotions.
When used in meditation, snow quartz can help to enhance mental clarity and alertness. It is said to heighten intuition and bring clarity of mind so that you can understand the messages conveyed to you fully.
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© 2017 Claire