Yule

IT’S NOT JUST A LOG FOLKS……..

Yule, (pronounced EWE-elle) is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day.

The Oak king and the Holly king symbolize the two halves of the year. Some say as one dies the other is born and some say they peacefully cede power to the other as the wheel of the year turns.

The Oak King is born at Yule, and his strength grows through the spring, peaks at Beltane and then he weakens and dies at Samhain. The Holly King lives a reverse existence, and is born at Midsummer, waxes more powerful through the summer and fall, to his peak at Samhain. His influence then lessens until Beltane, when it is his turn to pass away. At paganwiccan.com

HOLLY KING

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                                                            THE OAK KING

The time of the Oak King is for growth, development, healing, and new projects. The Holly King’s time is for rest, reflection, and learning.

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The ceremonial Yule log was the highlight of the festival. In accordance to tradition, the log must either have been harvested from the householder’s land, or given as a gift… it must never have been bought. Once dragged into the house and placed in the fireplace it was decorated in seasonal greenery, doused with cider or ale, and dusted with flour before set ablaze be a piece of last years log, (held onto for just this purpose). The log would burn throughout the night, then smolder for 12 days after before being ceremonially put out.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Yule and it’s traditions can be found at:

Wicca.com

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And while wiccan in origin,  the tradition of the yule log lives on in……

The Durayule…….

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The GasYule

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 and Everybody’s Favorite Pagan Symbol

The Yule Log Cake……………………..

Chocolate                                         

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With Sprinkles

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Cream filled

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Solid Dark Chocolate

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Chocolate with Holly(even More Pagan)

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With Butter Cream

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And the traditional “Honey when will you get that Damn Tree out of the yard.” YULE.

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