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~ correspondences of yule / the winter solstice ~

symbolism: rebirth and return of the sun, battle between the Oak and Holly Kings, longest night of the year, the winter solstice, rebirth and renewal, harmony and peace, honouring family and friends

symbols and decorations: the yule log, the yule tree, evergreen boughs and wreaths, holly, mistletoe hung in doorways, baskets of clove studded fruit, spruce and pine cones, golden pillar candles, a simmering pot of spiced wassail, poinsettias, strings of white or coloured lights, quartz crystals, bells and chimes, the wheel of the year, the sun

herbs, incense and oils: bayberry, blessed thistle, cedar, cinnamon evergreen, juniper berries, frankincense, holly, laurel, nutmeg, mistletoe, myrrh, oak, sage

food and drink: cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, fruits such as apples and pears, fruitcake, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, spiced cider, wassail, hibiscus and ginger tea, lamb’s wool (ale, sugar, nutmeg, roasted apples)

colours: red, green, white, golden, silver

stones: bloodstone, diamond, emerald, garnet, ruby

gods and goddesses: all reborn sun gods and goddesses associated with the cold darkness of winter; such as the Great Mother, Cailleach Bheur (Celtic), Bona Dea (Roman), Brighid (Celtic), Demeter (Greek), Gaea, Frau Holle (Scandinavian), Isis (Egyptian), Lucina (Roman), the Spider Woman (Hopi), and Ameratasu (Japanese); the Sun Child, Apollo (Greek), Horus (Egyptian), Ra (Egyptian), Mithras (Roman), Saturn (Roman), Odin (Norse), Baldur (Norse), Lugh (Celtic), the Holly King (Celtic/European), the Oak King (Celtic/European),  the Horned One (Celtic/European), the Green Man (Celtic/European)

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snow crystals and crimson berries

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