Yule 2021 will begin on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, and end on Saturday, January 1, 2022.  Although the terms Winter Solstice and Yule are used interchangeably, one refers to the longest night of the year (Winter Solstice) and takes place over one day. The other refers to a fertility and blessing festival (Yule) and takes approximately two weeks to complete.  For more information on the background of both celebrations, check out our Yule Lore guide!

For this Sabbat, I designed a ceremony that will focus on our hope for the New Year.  What things do you want to get done in 2022? What are you really hoping for? Keep your altar up for the duration of Yule, and you can keep adding energy to your ceremony for 2 weeks!  We will be using tea lights to symbolize wishes and desires for 2022.

Yule Ceremony 2021

A Yule Ceremony for 2021

Supplies

Instructions

  • Set up your altar as you would for any Sabbat celebration. Be sure to decorate it with Yule-themed items.
  • Create sacred space in your favorite manner.
  • Light your incense and call for any Deities you wish to invite to your ceremony. If you do not work with a Deity, you can call on your spirit helpers.
  • Take your first set of Tea lights (Community) and set it before you. Then, use the pen and paper to write your wish individually to each candle (make sure the paper is small enough to fit inside the candle).
    Pull each candle out of its casing, and add the paper with the wish to the bottom of the candle. Charge the candle with that wish and anoint it with the Sabbat oil. Put the candle back in its casing and sprinkle it with a little bit of cinnamon. Repeat for each candle.
  • Take your second set of Tea lights (family) and set it before you. Then, use the pen and paper to write your wish individually to each candle (make sure the paper is small enough to fit inside the candle).
    Pull each candle out of its casing, and add the paper with the wish to the bottom of the candle. Charge the candle with that wish and anoint it with the Sabbat oil. Put the candle back in its casing and sprinkle it with a little bit of cinnamon. Repeat for each candle.
  • Take your third set of Tea lights (personal) and set it before you. Then, use the pen and paper to write your wish individually to each candle (make sure the paper is small enough to fit inside the candle).
    Pull each candle out of its casing, and add the paper with the wish to the bottom of the candle. Charge the candle with that wish and anoint it with the Sabbat oil. Put the candle back in its casing and sprinkle it with a little bit of cinnamon. Repeat for each candle.
  • Once all candles are charged and dressed, light each one. Then, spend some time in the circle with your candles and journal and plan for the next year to take advantage of this beautiful Sabbat energy.
  • Once you are done, release your circle but leave your altar up. You can add more tea lights and wishes to your ceremony during all of Yule!

Notes

For this ceremony, we will break down the candles into sets of 3. So 3+ tealights in each set. The number does not have to match, but you need to have nine tea lights minimum for the entire ceremony. 
The first set of 3+ Tea lights will represent three hopes and wishes you have for your community, country, or even the planet.  If you need more than 3, you can add more candles, but you need at least 3.  Make sure that each candle holds one wish and one wish only.
The second set of 3+ tea lights will represent three hopes and wishes you have for your family and extended family. If you need more than 3, you can add more candles, but you need at least 3.  Make sure that each candle holds one wish and one wish only.
The third set of 3+ tea lights will represent three hopes and wishes you have for yourself in any area of your life. If you need more than 3, you can add more candles, but you need at least 3.  Make sure that each candle holds one wish and one wish only.
If you are unsure of how to charge your candles, you can read about it here.