Claire has worked with crystals and many other aspects of paganism for over 14 years. She has also studied reiki up to master level.
What Is the Energetic Significance of Yule?
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. For example, you can invite their vibrations into your home by using crystals to decorate altars or other spaces. This allows you to keep their beneficial energy with you as you go about your day. Crystals can also be used in meditation, crystal grids, or to enhance spell work.
Seven Crystals to Enhance Your Practice at Yule
- Clear quartz
- Lemon quartz
- Black onyx
- Snowflake obsidian
- Snow quartz
1. Clear Quartz
Clear quartz is a powerful stone that is known as the master healing crystal. It is a piezoelectric stone that 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. For example, it can aid in boosting concentration or the motivation to get a task finished. This is a useful crystal to integrate into meditation because it can help bring clarity to your thinking and help you to see a clear path forwards. Clear quartz can also be used to amplify 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 work or rituals.
Because clear quartz is believed to enhance psychic abilities, open the third eye and increase clarity, it is commonly used in creating crystal balls and is a good choice for divination work. Clear quartz can also be used to remove negative energy or thoughts from your life and can open 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 your life as a whole or in specific situations.
2. Lemon Quartz
This crystal is also known as ouro verde quartz and is said to bring optimism and creativity to anyone who 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 also 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 to find meaning in life and reach your full potential. The energy of this crystal is optimistic and bright, which strengthens both the intellect and 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 as it is 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 also reminding you to keep your goals realistic and achievable.
Ruby is believed to be a good choice for setting intentions for the coming year. It is a beneficial stone for people who feel uninspired or struggle to find motivation in day-to-day life. This red crystal is also of benefit to anyone who needs a boost in confidence or self-worth. Ruby can also 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 a 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 be helpful in moving forward in life because it increases self-confidence and helps in understanding what motivates you. This self-awareness and self-confidence can then be used to make decisions and work on goals and plans for the upcoming year.
Black onyx also 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 or when recovering and moving on from failed relationships.
6. Snowflake Obsidian
This variety of obsidian can be a particularly beneficial stone for anyone who finds the dark winter months difficult. 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 innermost thoughts and feelings and can bring forward the issues that most need our attention at that time. Snowflake obsidian supports the process of addressing these issues, and it brings the strength needed to work through our issues so that we can move on with life. This can be an especially beneficial crystal for anyone who finds the dark winter months challenging. Snowflake obsidian can be used to support yourself as you explore the matters that this season brings up for you, allowing you the opportunity to release them and move forward with your 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 and can be used when we strive to break bad habits or 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 crystal 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, which allows you to more fully understand the messages you are receiving.
In the Northern hemisphere, Yule is traditionally celebrated on the 21st of December. Also known as the winter solstice, Yule is the longest night and shortest day of the year and marks the start of the Sun's 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 move towards spring.
As a fire festival, Yule is traditionally celebrated with bonfires and often features natural decorations such as oranges, holly, mistletoe and ivy. The yule log is a central feature of the festivities, and it is customary for it to have been either harvested from the homeowners' land or gifted to them—not 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, so alternatives have evolved in its place. One option is to create a candle holder using a thick section of a tree branch. This is flattened on one side (so that it remains stable), and three holes are then created in the top. These holes must be 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 shaped like a log. These are often created using a large Swiss roll that is then covered in chocolate icing and decorated.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2017 Claire