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Yule - Midwinter - Winter Solstice - 'Christmas Eve'

Yule is also known as the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere as to seasonal differences.

'Nature is our only true resource, on a mental level. As we learn to use Her, we find again the connection we lack'

- parsifalrain, December 11
image: Yule-Lugh by Margaret Tarrant

Since time immemorial, man divided the Year into sections, and mark the turning points in the Natural Rhythm of the Year, by celebrating with a small or large celebration.
To celebrate the Wheel Of The Year celebrations is anAge old Tradition in Our Culture.
Long before Christian thought captured the world, lived and celebrated our Ancestors 8 fixed Festivals in the Course of the Year.
These Feasts find their origin in the Cycle of Nature, the Changing of the Seasons and in the Course of the Sun and of the Moon.
As we celebrate the 4 Solar Festivals, the Winter Solstice (longest Night of the Year, 21th December), the Summer Solstice (thelongest Day of the Year, 21th June), but also the Equinoxes in Fall and in the Spring.
In the old, Matriarchal Cultures accrued 4 Moon Festivals -honoring especially the rising, full, waning and dark Moon.
These Festivals are known as the Festival of Light (Brigid, 2nd February) , May Day (Beltane, 1st of May), the Reaper (Lammas, 2nd of August) and the Ancestral Feast (Samhain, on the Night to the First of November).
When ever we are celebrating the Wheel Of The Year Celebrations, we connect with the forces and energies of Nature.

Such, a Wheel-Festival highlights the appreciation for the past portion, and aligns the view at the same time, on the new section.
We value and come in terms with our past, and so will be ready for the New - the Past will get significance for us, as well as the reorientation.

In the Wheel Of The Year, Yule is a minor Festivity

Christmas is for many of us, a Christian Feast.
Grown up and contained in the faith of the church, we celebrate in our latitudes, the birth of The Christ, a Festival of Joy, of Hope, of reconciliation and of the Light.
According to the late fourth-century scriptor Syrus, it was the custom of the Celts to celebrate the Birthday of the Sun on December 25, at which time they kindled lights in token of Festivity.
But to celebrate this religious custom of Christmas is much older than the church itself.
It goes back to the joyous Sun Cult of the Celts, who celebrated with the Winter Solstice the victory of Light (Lugh) over the Darkness of the Night.
However, as it would appear, the Celtic Feast that was replaced by Christmas might be of far older origins and may have been built upon the cult of Mithras, who, for the Persians, is the creator of the Universe and the manifestation of the Creative Logos, or Word.
His Birth on December 25 was witnessed by shepherds.
After many deeds, he held a last supper with his disciples and then returned to Heaven.

Many of the Yuletide customs we observe today were common to various Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Rites.
For example, the hanging of greenery comes from an old ivy-worshiping cult dating back to the Dionysian revels in ancient Greece.
Mistletoe was valued, almost worshiped by the Druids.
And gift exchange, most likely generated with the Saturnalia.
The Christmas tree was introduced by Prince Albert of Saxony in 1844 as an adaptation of the paradeis-tree (decorated 'Tree of Life') from the medieval drama of the Christmas Tree; (more to the Christmas tree at the bottom of my article)

The Cult Of The Sun

In this Sun-Cult, the Great Goddess (Mother Nature, Frau Holle, Mother Hulda... later Frigga) gave Birth, deep in the Earth, in the Most Silent of Nights, Lugh, (Baldur) the ever-returning Sun's Child.
And so the Birth of the Light in the longest Night of the Year has always been the reason for our Ancestors to summon with magical ceremonies the rebirth of the Light.
And here is the wild and consecrated nights, and our advent traditions your deepest roots.

Since the people could not let go their customs, and thus not become evangelized, the Christian festivals were layed on the special 'holidays' of the Sun Cult.
And so we celebrate - it is only since the middle of the 4th Century - the Birth of Jesus on December 24th, which was native celebrated on a different day.
But also other Christian Feasts were simply imposed over the Celts.
Many of our cherished Christmas traditions go back to the Celtic Traditions.

Lisa Thiel - Yule (Winter Solstice Song)


Yule in the Wheel Of The Year

So, The Wheel Of The Year which has ended with Samhain, bears at Yule the New Baby of Light or the New, the Holy King Of The Wheel Of The Year (which was, in our days and modern culture cast to a commercialized Santa Claus).

This have seen all of our ancestors so why all the myths carry the same images.
These images, myths, and fairy tales are salutary, wholesome for our Soul.
These express something, what we surely can feel, even if we are not quite aware of.
Our attention is much more limited than in the case of the previous people.
The people of that Times have been both: connected with Nature and with Cosmos much more than we are.

Our ancestors have felt that at the time of the Winter Solstice and Christmas is something changing.
That's not just reigns the Darkness, but New Life will sprout, even if it is still not visible.
Under the Earth, the forces collect to new Life that breaks through in the Spring.
This enormous amount of Energy begins to grow again.
And they could feel and perceive.
And this is what was celebrated.
The New Life in his entirely innocent newborn form:

Winter Solstice
In November, the Dark and the cold Season began.
In the Autumn the leaves fell from the trees, the nature slowly died, the fog and the cold, wet weather darkened and complicated the everyday Life.
The associated topics were retreat, darkness, silence and death.
It has been at all times for the people the month of the dead, since the plants 'die' and under the earth to eke out their living.
We mourn the loss of the Sun and the heat and yearn for the Spring and Summer.
But the loss of the Sun is only apparent, because everything that fades has the power for the return, and the end is only seeming, temporary, because everything what 'dies' is born again a 'new'.

We are witnessing from the Turn of the Winter Sun that from the deepest Darkness again accrues a new Life, we experience in the Spring the sprouting and growing.

At around 21th December, we celebrate as a particularly important Festival in the Wheel the Rebirth of the Light.
After half a Year in which the Days were getting shorter and the Nights longer, the Sun's radiation is on the rise and brings the people hope and takes hold life-sustaining force in the Dark Time.
So our Ancestors were full of gleeful anticipation and the certainty:
Darkness would fade and warmth would return to the world.

Even though the Winter begins only now, are getting the days longer again.
In Nature has the turning point, which also promises us transition taken place already.

It's the time of the rebirth of Light and Hope.
After a long Darkness, Life begins anew.
Nature shows us that even in moments of deepest Darkness that it never comes to a final Death.
The born-again Light gives us the power to make us new, to grow and to flourish again.

In our advent wreath, the Celtic Tradition is reflected.
Because of the wreath symbolizes the synchronization of the beginning and the end of the Year, and reflects the eternal back and forth of the nature.
The fir sprigs symbolizes the Fertility and the number of candles - namely, four - stand for the four weeks of the Moon, for the Seasons of the Year and represent the annual Rhythm, the Elements and the four Directions.
The candle fire, however, stands for the Light of the Sun, which burns more and more sparse, to shine in new splendour.
Because in olden days, were kindled at the beginning of Advent all four candles, and with each week one less, as a symbol of the declining Sun Light.
On the day of The Winter Solstice again, all four of the candles were lit.
Today, we light the candles 'in reverse order'.

In Brittany are often used 3 candles to symbolize the Light to be reborn.

Yule was not just a one day Celebration
Yule is a 12 day holiday, it begins on 'Mothers Night' (December 21st) and ends 12 days later on 'Yule Night' (January 1st).

The Twelve Nights After Christmas (The Raunächte)
You know the expression, 'Between the Years'?
This strange phrase should actually be 'In Between Times'.
It is the time between the 25th December and the 6th of January.
The work rests, for most people it is the period to hold and to reflect over the Past Year and make new resolutions for the coming Year.
The Old Year seems to be over, the New is still far.

This interim is also called the 'Raunächte', not because they are particularly rough and wild, but because one has fumed (geräuchert) since time immemorial.
However, not to keep evil spirits and demons at bay, but to the joy and attraction of the Divine Forces and to the commemoration of the Dead.

In earlier times, 'the Wild Hunt' was led by Odin, who roared with his in the war fallen heroes across the Land and entered in all the houses and stables where the doors and windows were not well sealed.
But originally, the 'Wild Hunt' was not the symbol of fear and terror, but for fertility and growth.
It is the time of magic moments, in which can be found hidden treasures or passed over in the Otherworld.

The Winter Solstice and the following 12 Days are a time of contemplation, of silence and the blessing for what is to reveal itself in the New Wheel Of The Year-Cycle:
Yule is the best time to surrender and bring forth intentions to set for the New Year and make them count.
There are the Magical Days (Lostage), the prophetic time of the Year to forge and make plans and to take good resolutions, what one want to achieve in the next Year.
There are two old traditions to consut the Oracle: For each of the Twelve Days stands a Month of the coming Year.
The other Tradition brings to us in the first six Nights of the Old Year to complete the Past and in the next six Nights to learn the visionary for the coming Year.

More than ever, it is important that we accept our Light, nourish and, above all, let it shine, so that we can make our contribution to make our world more whole and loving.

Yule rituals to celebrate the Light
Fire Festivals, celebrating the rebirth of the Sun, held on the Winter's Solstice can be found throughout the ancient world.
On Yule itself, around the 21st December, bonfires were lit to honour Odin and Thor.
The ashes from the Yule log were often used to make protective, healing or fertilising charms, or scattered over the fields.
In Brittany, the ashes were thrown into wells to purify the water, and in Italy as charms against hailstones.
That Yule is another Fire festival, should come as no surprise, however unlike the more public outdoor festival of the Summer Solstice, Yule lends itself to a more private and domestic celebration.
Yet like its Midsummer counterpart, is strongly associated with Fertility and the continuation of Life.

* Winter Solstice Spell - perform on the Night of Winter Solstice
you need
Hollyberry oil
Mistletoe herb
clean, small piece of white paper (if you have it parchment)
a red ćandle

the ritual
write a single word in red ink that represents best the quality in yourself which you would like to enhance with the dawning of the Yule Sun.
sprinkle the Mistletoe herb into the center of the paper.
add three drops of the Hollyberry oil on top of the Mistletoe.
twist the paper closed with the Mistletoe and Hollyberry oil inside.
light the red ćandle.
from the flame of the ćandle, light the paper-package on fire.
as it burns, envision your wish fulfilled.
your spell is done.

* If you throw a sprig of Holly onto your Yule log fire, it will burn away your troubles from the past Year.

more rituals i.e. about The Yule Log in the ending of the video below: 'The True Origins of Christmas'

Yule Apple and Orange Slice ornaments

Questions to ask at Winter Solstice
How bright is your inner Light shining in the World ?
What imbalances are currently dimming your Light ?
What tools are at your disposal to balance those areas ?
What is the Universe asking you to surrender during this Solstice ?
What message are coming to your from your Ancestors and Guides ?
How can you best use the knowledge your Guides and the Universe has provided you ?
What dreams will grow alongside the Light ?
(you can also ask a Tarot Spread)

Questions we can ask ourselves at Winter Solstice
What would want to be born out of me ?
How can I be a Light in this world ?
What is the meaning of Light for me ?
What means Darkness for me ?

Wassail Punch

    2 quarts apple cider
    2 cups orange juice
    1/2 cup lemon juice
    12 whole cloves
    4-5 cinnamon sticks
    1 pinch ground ginger
    1 pinch ground nutmeg

cook 8 Hours in a slow-cooker or a large pot over low heat, combine apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice.
season with cloves, ginger and nutmeg.
bring to a simmer.
using a slow cooker, allow to simmer all day.
serve hot.


red, green, silver, yellow, gold and white.

Bay, Evergreen, Frankincense (Boswellia sacra), Holly, Ivy, Lavender, Mistletoe, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Rue, Sage and Thyme.
The Winter Solstice, called 'Alban Arthan' by the Druids, was according to Bardic Tradition, the time when the Chief Druid would cut the sacred Mistletoe from the Oak.
The mistletoe is cut using a golden sickle on the sixth day of the Moon.
It is often associated with thunder, and regarded as a protection against fire and lighting.

bayberry, cidar, cinnamon, pine, sage.

Emerald, Bloodstone, Diamond and Ruby.

)O( Yuletide Blessings
May The Light Of The Sun Shine On You And Your Family This Yule Season,
Let Us Welcome The Returning Sun With Hope And Joy,
May You Never Thirst ! ;-)


The True Origins of Christmas
In the multicultural west we are told to say Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas or these days Happy Holidays as to not offend others.
Lana tells about the true origins of newcomer holidays such as Kwanzaa and Hanukkah.
Where did these holidays originate? Are they original?
Why are they also in December, like Christmas?
She'll also talk about the true origins of Christmas, which is entirely borrowed from Yule, the pre-Christian European celebration of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas are all imposters, culturally appropriating from the ancient European Winter Solstice celebration.
Learn about the myth, symbolism and tradition of Yule.



Wheel of the Year-Celebration Samhain


The Twelve Nights After Christmas


Everything is Born out of Darkness

The Brothers Grimm fairytale of Mother Holle from a shamanic perspective

Winter Solstice: Holding the New Born Sun


thoughts about the Christmas tree:
Though the fashion to chop or buy a sawed-off conifer and utilize as a Christmas Tree can be nothing as a veneration of the dead, a mortuary cult, so just the opposite as what it was thought !
The Christmas tree is set up as a dying object in house or apartment, and deprives the residents who are located all around their Life Energy.
Then the tree is discarded, to the detriment of the environment.
As the roots are not removed, so remain in the ground, the spirit of the tree will remain for many years in captivity and can not escape until the roots rot and disso
lve in humus.
Furthermore - it might be stunning for some to learn and experience - that if ANY tree is sawn off, energy of the Earth to disappear straight to the Cosmos whereas if he is hacked off, the fibres of the wood become mechanically sealed and the energy flow prevented.
It is at least a better custom to find other solutions as i.e. to CUT a tree or, better, to use a living tree in a pot for a Christmas tree, slowly accustom to the temperatures and then, after the Christmas holidays, when the soil is not frozen, in order to give him a chance to return to the wild, i.e. in the edge of a forest.
Think about it - parsifalrain

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December
Category: Nature
Tags: Plants Wheel of the Year December Herbs Trees Celts Witches Druids Mistletoe Holly Parsifal

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December
Herbs in December are Mistletoe and Holly

Celtic Wheel Of The Year is a mixed media by Kristen Fox


In the Wheel Of The Year we are now in the time of the greatest darkness, which is celebrated with Holy Fires.

At Midwinter the rebirth of the Sun God Mabon is celebrated.

During the Winter Solstice, the Holly King hands over his crown to the Oak King, who from now on will lead the world into light and warmth.


'The return to Nature, the conscious experience of not being separated, but a part of it, has given me a deep inner Peace that I no longer want to miss.

So the Rituals that I celebrate for the eight celebrations in The Wheel Of The Year are an integral part of my calendar.

The Solstices and Equinoxes as well as the four Fire Fetivals Samhain, Imbolc, Baltane and Lughnasad help me to consciously perceive the changing and recurring Seasons, but also open my mind to the Inner worlds, the truths that lie behind the obvious, and connect me with the 'Other World', the Realm of the Gods and Goddesses, the home of Nature Spirits and Elemental Spirits of the Ancestors.

Here I find advice, knowledge and enlightenment, which I can use to lead a responsible life in the Here and Now'.

 - parsifalrain, December 1

Nature has given us her strength since time immemorial.

Let us accept this gift gratefully !

Energetically, Mistletoe, Holly and other evergreen Plants are expressions of immortality and eternal Life.


Mistletoe, Viscum album;

Sandalwood (Santalales); Dicotyledons; Angiosperms; family of Seed Plants (Spermatophyta), Mistel

Mistletoe is a wondrous Plant that only becomes visible in the Winter Months, when the Trees are bare.

It is dioecious, which means that each Plant has either male or female Flowers.

The mysterious Mistletoe has fascinated mankind for a very long time.

It was considered the most important magic Plant of the Celtic Druids.

Many Stories and Myths entwine around the mysterious Mistletoe - popular names reveal its high power.

The light germinator Mistletoe was also called Witch's nest, Witch's bush, Devil's seed, Devil's broom, Truden's nest or Alp-Twine (Alp= Elfish being).


Since time immemorial, Mistletoe has been used to cook ointments and brews that promote fertility, expel ulcers (Mistletoe is used in modern cancer therapy), or help against the epilepsy (typical 'Shamanic dis-ease').

The special thing about Mistletoe is that it grows against time.

It grows green and fructiferous in Winter.

The fact that it lives high up in the Trees as a semi-parasite has always impressed people.

Even today the Mistletoe branches are hung up as protection.

Mistletoe often grows on Trees in 'difficult' locations.

In places with increased earth radiation or at water vein crossings.

Plants that grow in such locations are also able to solve exactly these problems.

The smudging of Mistletoe can transform negative vibrations into positive vibrancies.

Mistletoe also has an important place in cancer therapy.

It has been shown to inhibit tumor growth.


specific features

The Leaves are evergreen and continue to grow over the Years before they fall off without wilting and do not have a typical upper or lower surface.


Their growth is extremely slow and only begins after two Years with the first Leaves.

The first Flowers are visible after 6 - 7 Years.

It grows in Winter and Spring.

The Mistletoe rests from June to Winter.


The Mistletoe has a round shape and has no orientating relation to Earth or the horizon.

Between May and July the Mistletoe carries out daily small twisting movements of the Leaves and branches to align itself (to find its own centre), which results in its spherical growth.


The translucent to creamy-yellowish (depending on the host Plant), fleshy, 6 - 10 mm large Berry Fruits (false Berries) with only one to two seeds/embryos can be seen from September to January.

However, these Fruits alone cannot sprout.

For this they need the help of birds.

Some bird species play an important role.


The Mistletoe embryos are very resistant, they can stick to the Trees during the Winter and then sprout in Spring.

For their development they need about 9 Months.

They develop particularly well on young host Trees or branches.


Mistletoes can live up to 30 Years.

The Latin name Viscum means glue and refers to the sticky flesh of the Fruit (also called bird glue).


Fairy Tales and Myths

At the time of the Winter Solstice and as a Christmas decoration, it is also often hung on the front doors to protect the house from damage, especially in the Twelve Days After Christmas.

Anyone who kisses under Mistletoes should become a happy couple.


Pliny, the Roman historian who lived in the first Century after Christ, describes in detail how the Druids worshipped Mistletoe.



'To be a Druid means to preserve, develop and pass on authentic life knowledge'.

- parsifalrain


'Not to be forgotten is the high Mistletoe worship among the Gauls.

The Druids had nothing, so they called their Priests what would have been holier to them than the Mistletoe and the Tree on which it grows, especially if it was a Winter Oak. They regarded everything that grows on this Tree as a gift from Heaven and as a sign that this Tree was chosen by the Gods themselves. ...If necessary, it was then cut off with great solemnity on the sixth day before the new moon, according the Gallic calendar. The Priests, dressed in white, climbed the Tree and cut off the Mistletoe with a Golden Sickle, which was then caught in a white cloak. So great was the pious faith in unimportant things'.


But the History of Mistletoe goes back much further.

Since the megalithic period of the indigenous European Cultures it has been revered as a Cultic Plant and Panacea.

properties and effects



reduces the vascular tension of the blood vessels


Heart strengthening, since the Heart is relieved

metabolically stimulating



Caution: too high doses lead to disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract.


healing purposes

successfully used in cancer therapy

Mistletoe plays an important role especially in cancer therapy, even though it is still controversially discussed.

About 40 - 50% of cancer patients today receive complementary Mistletoe therapy.

Mistletoe therapy was introduced to cancer therapy in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner (founder of anthroposophic medicine).

It is usually used in combination with conventional therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery) and to prevent relapse.

Mistletoe therapy can also begin before conventional therapy.




high blood pressure

If blood pressure is low, Mistletoe can even increase blood pressure, which at first glance sounds like a contradiction.

But since blood pressure is regulated by normalising circulation and strengthening the Heart, it is clear that Mistletoe can help both high and low blood pressure.


cardiac insufficiency

menopausal symptoms



The Mistletoe grows mostly on Fruit Frees, deciduous Trees (likely Linden Trees), more rarely on Firs or Pines.

Mistletoes that grow on Oak Trees are particularly rare - they are considered sacred.

We find Mistletoes in Europe, West Asia up to the Himalayas and North-West Africa.

In North America it is only rarely to be found.

In addition to the demands placed on certain Trees, Mistletoe also depends on a high level of humidity. It therefore occurs in river valleys, floodplains, etc..

The Mistletoe is a semi-parasite; with its anchor root it drills into the wood of the host Plant and takes water and nutrients from it.



collecting tips

The young Branches with the Leaves are collected for medicinal purposes.

The Berries are not added, as they are poisonous.

The best time to collect Misteltoe is Spring or late Autumn.

A magic date for the Mistletoe collection is the Winter Solstice, on December 21.

Attention: The Mistel is protected in some countries and therefore must not be collected!





bitter substances





Mistletoe as a smudging agent

used parts

For Incense we use all parts of Mistletoe


Best on a full Moon or new Moon Night in Autumn or Spring.


effect on smudging

changes slow negative oscillations into brighter higher vibes


has a very strong protective effect

opens the world of dreams to us and lets us better understand dreams

opens our inner worlds by bringing light into the unconscious.

Mistletoe can make us invisible.


Mistletoe as a remedy

Mistletoe plays an important role especially in cancer therapy, even though it is still controversially discussed.

About 40 - 50% of cancer patients today receive complementary Mistletoe therapy.

Mistletoe therapy was introduced to cancer therapy in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner (founder of Anthroposophic medicine).

It is usually used in combination with conventional therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery) and to prevent relapse.

Mistletoe therapy can also begin before conventional therapy.


Mistletoe Tea

Mistletoe Tea must always be prepared cold, as the slightly toxic substances do not dissolve in cold Water and the Tea can therefore be drunk safely, warm Water would also reduce the healing effect.

It is advisable to prepare 1 teaspoon of Mistletoe (without Berries) in about half a litre of cold Water and then let it stand for 5-10 hours before drinking it in sips.

This Mistletoe Tea helps with high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and a 'restless heart'.

However, it can also be drunk to increase metabolism and digestion.

This Mistletoe Tea also helps with headaches and dizziness, it also strengthens the nerves and reduces menopausal symptoms.

Mistletoe seems to be a real Panacea.


externally as Tea

The Mistletoe cold Extract can be used externally as a compress or for baths.

It helps against varicose veins and lower leg ulcers.

Eczema can also be treated with Mistletoe treatments.

Mistletoe compresses can also be used to relieve rheumatic and neuralgic pain.

External Mistletoe treatments also help against arthrosis.

Mistletoe Tea can be snort to treat hay fever.


determining the age of a Mistletoe

The age of a Mistletoe can be determined very easily.

You simply count the number of Branches from the Trunk to the longest Branch.

Ideally, all Branches are the same 'length' or have the same number of forks.

This also results in the spherical appearance of the Mistletoe.

The reason is the growth behavior of the Mistletoe, it grows every Year by exactly one Branch, each with two new small Branches from a single Branch, or Bud eye.

In my experience this theory is not always correct, sometimes up to four new Branches fork off from a double knot.

Holly - Ilex aquifolium, Holly family, Stechpalme

The wonderfully shiny green, thorny Leaves of Holly are a well-known Christmas motif and we encounter them more often on decorative Christmas articles than growing wild in Nature.

The Holly is a delicate Plant.

There are both male and female varieties, yet it is a male Plant that radiates a strong, active energy.

He does not tolerate too much cold and does not like dryness.

This is why Holly is most commonly found in gardens where he is planted.

As Hedge Plants in the garden they are popular, because they form effective wind, sight and sun protection Hedges.

Growing wild, he is so rare that it is strictly protected.

The effect of Holly is somewhat controversial.

In many books he is mentioned as poisonous.

The red Berries are in any case to be classified as inedible, with the Leaves, opinions differ on this question.

Siegrid Hirsch even says that a Holly Leaf Tea can be called Europe's Mate Tea.


popular names

Christ-Thorn, Forest Thistle (Bush), sometimes called Palm Tree


Stories and Myths

During the Saturnalia, a Festival celebrated in ancient Rome at the end of December, Branches and bouquets of Holly Leaves were presented to express friendship and goodwill.

Of course, there is also a Story that connects Holly with the crucifixion of Jesus.

It is said that the Palm Branches that were scattered when Christ entered Jerusalem were transformed into Holly Branches when people called for the crucifixion of Jesus.

The thorny Branches symbolize the crown of Thorns of Jesus like hardly any other Plant and the blood-red Berries also stand for the blood of Jesus, which he shed for humanity.

To this day, the domestic shrines and the crucifix are decorated with Holly Branches.

Holly Branches attract good Nature Spirits, so a small Shrub should not be missing in the garden.

Like many other prickly Plants, Holly is of course a vibrant protective Plant.

In the past, Holly Branches were nailed to doors and gates because it was thought that all good spirits sought shelter among these Branches and thus protected the house and courtyard, where they found these branches as ken.

The Branches of the Plant were brought into the house - bound as a wreath or bouquet and decorated with red ribbons - because the good spirits of the Forest hide in them over the Winter and in return for the warm place in the good parlour protect the house and courtyard from misfortune.


It could protect against all evil spirits (which got caught in the Thorns) but also against lightning strikes and other negative events.

Therefore the Branches are burned during the Annual Renewal, offered to the fire as a sacrifice.

One promises to the Fire already with the hanging up that it receives the Branches and Foliage later anyway, thus does not have to take these itself by lightning strike or building fire.

The chimneys were also swept with Branches of the Holly, from which it was previously assumed that the Ancestors went in and out through them.

The Holly Branches kept this ancestral entrance pure.

The Holly stands for the God of the dark half of the Year, who was also called Holly King.

But the Holly was also in contact with the Underworld Goddess Hel. (Helheim)


The Holly King and his brother

A Story, which in Heathen circles belongs firmly to the Winter Solstice (Yule), is about the Holly King and the Oak King, two brothers who each reign for half a Year.

The Holly King is the king of the decreasing Year, the dark time.

He reigns after the Summer Solstice until the Winter Solstice.

On the Day of the Winter Solstice he is bid farewell with the burning of Holly Leaves, whereby he takes the darkness with him and the Days can now become longer bright again.

The Holly as a decorative Yule green is just as widespread as the Mistletoe, which is said to have similar properties.


characteristics and mode of action







healing purposes




febrile colds - also with cough and bronchitis

As Bach Flower Extract, Holly, stands for Love.



Wild Holly is extremely rare.

If we find it in the wild, it is in the undergrowth of damp Forests, which are not exposed to too much cold.


collecting tips

As the Holly is strictly protected, only parts of culturally cultivated Plants may be collected.

Only the very young Leaves that have not yet formed spines are used here.

You have to stand clear from the Berries as they are poisonous.

In the past, the Bark of Holly was also used as an antipyretic.



bitter Ilicin, dye Ilixanthin, tannins, gums, glycosides, caffeine, vanillin, minerals, pectins


recipes for healing application

Holly Leaf Tea

Young Leaves are collected and dried quickly.

Pour 250ml of boiling Water over one teaspoon of the dried cabbage.

This Tea helps with fever, but also with constipation, fatigue and general weakness.


Holly Bark Tea

The Tea from the Bark has an even stronger antipyretic effect and was frequently used in the past.


a warning

The poisonous Berries of Holly were considered in the Middle Ages as an ingredient of the 'Witches' Ointments.

In general, Berries and decoctions of Leaves are often found in recipes for 'Witches' Potions, where they are said to have been used 'to cleanse the body and soul'.

Internal use can lead to severe vomiting, miscarriage, and death if improperly dosed.


Therefore, all parts of Holly in the magic of inexperienced handlers should only be used energetically, symbolically or decoratively - not internally or on the body - and never kept within the reach of children or pets !


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Summer Solstice - Litha - June 21
Tags: Summer Solstice Litha Midsummer Wheel Of The Year Celts Festivity Tradition Fire Parsifal

Midsummer or Litha Festival or the Summer Solstice is the most powerful Day of the Year for the Sun God.

In the Summer Solstice, the Sun's power and the daytime brightness reach their absolute peak.
We celebrate the longest Day of the Year, but which also represents the turning point at which the Days get shorter.
The highest solar power - and the turning point.
The Summer Solstice was seen since time immemorial as a time of great significance to our Ancestors.
The word 'Solstice' derives from the Latin word 'solstitium', which literally translates to 'Sun stands'

The Summer Solstice was celebrated quite extensively among the Celts.
Usually the Celebration lasted for 12 days.
It is a Festival of thanksgiving for the glorious Summer time, with all its wealth and abundance.
It is the most carefree time of Year, as people had really enough to eat.
Consider that the supply of food in former times was very much dependent on the Seasons and many people starved to death in late Winter because not enough food was available.

parsifalrain, June 20

Lisa Thiel - Litha


So it is particularly clear how important this exuberant Celebration in the Summer for the people was.
Like Beltane, Litha is also a Celebration of Fertility.
The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane.

The Women were brewing strong beer, to which plenty of the important Amber [Hypericum] were added, which had special intoxicating and aphrodisiac effect.

There was dancing around the fire, most pairs.
The women wore wreaths of Ground Ivy vines [Glechoma hederacea] at the top and belt of Mugwort [Artemisia vulgaris] around the hips.
During the evening the dances became more ecstatic, sometimes was danced naked.
The nudity was considered Ritual nudity, a Holy state, which should make the connection to the (mystical) original.

The young couple swore oaths of love and jumped over the Fire.
Of course, at this Festival was again a lot of room for eroticism, desire and passion.
At the end of the Evening the Herbs were thrown into the Fire and it was hoped that all disease and all evil of last Year have disappeared.

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It is said that at the Time of the Solstice, the curtain between the Worlds is particularly permeable.
It is a Time in which the Gods descend to Earth, that the decedent walk around, but wander around on Earth also the Elves.
At their pageants, Fairies and Elves should be able to notice, if you put yourself under an Elder Bush.
But be careful, they sometimes give raw deals ...

Previously it was also protected the house and yard with garlands of Ivy [Hedera helix], St. John's Wort [Hypericum perforatum], Yarrow [Achillea millefolium], Plantain [genus Plantago] and French Daisy [Marguerite] against evil spirits or ogres from other worlds.

Midsummer Incense
Sage [Salvia officinalis], Mint [Mentha], Basil [Ocimum basilicum], Saint John's Wort [Hypericum perforatum] , Sunflower, yes, Mistletoe (specifically the berries that represent semen), Oak, Rowan [Pyrus Aucuparia], and Fir [genus Abies].

Summer Solstice
Nature can be seen in its full glory and wealth.
Plants bear Fruit that have arisen from the Buds and Seeds.
Everything grows and flourishes.
Many Plants develop their highest Healing Power around the Summer Solstice.

We may enjoy the bounty of Nature and the light heartedness.
But we also celebrate the power of the Sun, which can grow and flourish all Life, warms us, makes our innermost free and carefree.


For us it is a time of abundance and fulfillment and we celebrate the richness and the beauty of Nature - and in us.
We wonder what has become of our ideas and plans, which Fruits we bear now.
Celebrating the fullness, the richness and beauty.

The Festival of the Summer Solstice is in The Wheel Of The Year located in the South.
The South is Noon, stands for the Mid-Life, the Element of Fire and the themes of Motherhood and the True Love.

Turning point
Summer Solstice also means at the same time the turning point takes place, as of now, Days get shorter and the Nights are getting longer.

Nature can be seen by the end of June in absolute Abundance.
Many Plants bloom in the beautiful Summer colors or now carry their sweet Fruit.
Strawberries, Raspberries, Currants and Blackberries provide us with the long-awaited fresh Vitamins.
Even the Vegetables are growing rapidly and plentiful and if Mother Earth is well disposed towards us, facing a rich Harvest.
It is the time of Abundance, where we have to make us not worry about our supply, because everything that our body needs, is available in sufficient quantity.

Emotionally, the Summer begins for us at this Time.
The Days are hot and we enjoy the warmth and the power of the Sun.
He strengthens us with His energy and Life-giving force.

At the same Time can be felt that the Sun also bears destructive force in itself.
He can parch, burn and wither the Earth.
At this point, it is important to honor the opposite pole.
The Water, and the cooling Night.
On the apparent Climax or Culmination, the turn has already been completed.

The Summer Solstice marks astrologically speaking, the change from Zodiac sign Gemini (carefree Air element) to the sign of Cancer.

In contrast, Zodiac Cancer delivers the introspection of the human in the foreground.
It's about feeling and intuition.
We develop our sensitive side and suddenly the mental experience and the processing moves to the foreground.
The maternal-nourishing aspect gets importance.
It is getting the task of every human being, to make sure how much he even mothered and nurtured himself - how well he takes care of his Inner Child.

At the time of greatest heat so the water-sign of Cancer with its pronounced Moon forces takes over the guide.

The Summer Solstice, the Feminine power of the Goddess peaked.
She is now the mature Woman and is the fertility-giving nurturer and Mother.
The Summer Goddess represents the archetype of partnership and motherly Goddess.

Kellianna - I walk with the Goddess


The amorous transformed into the lover.
It comes to the sacred marriage with her counterpart, the Sun God.
This Divine couple unites male and female portions, whereby a state of equilibrium and sameness is achieved.
At this moment, the World can be experienced in its totality.

The South is the Element of Fire associated why we also like to deal with the Celebrations of the Fire issue and the force of Fire.
Fire generally stands for high energy, heat and transformation.
But Fire can also be very dangerous and destructive, yet is essential for Life.

The Fire Element is
Transformation - change, conversion
Energy, activity, spirit (in the sense of moxie)
Life and creativity

When we call the Fire Energy
If Life energy and vitality is lacking or missing
If we are to see more enthusiasm
If we have too little self-confidence, and/or radiate
If we want to release or convert old
When we are discouraged and incapacitate
If I want to live more passion

The matching Dance at the Summer Solstice is the Spiral Dance.
Everywhere Spirals emerge are brought in connection with Creation and Formation of the World.

Woman Of The Earth (Spiral Dance -From the Mist: A Retrospective)


The Spiral counts as the Labyrinth of the oldest symbols of Humanity.
The Spiral is always in motion.
In it there is no standing still.
She turns, she twirls, she dances, it approaches and again moves away.
All static is a stranger to her.
Brings petrified relations in motion.
It is a symbol of change.
Much in Nature is structured Spiral.

In these dances we move Spiral-out to the center and-back.
The Spiral can be placed of stones or marked with flour or the dance leader takes his fellow dancers in the hand and leads them in the dance to the center.
In the center is carried out for each dancer a short pause, then made a conscious inversion and also danced out again of the Spiral.

The path of the Spiral is in, and again, the way out.
In the middle is the Turning Point, repentance, orientation to the New.
Old can be left behind, we return to (turn around) and move forward into the New.
(Clockwise danced multiplying, in the opposite direction it is applied to break something [unwelcome] down)

So, the right-handed Spiral is the sign of Creation, because from one point is all spread outwardly.
The left-handed Spiral is the sign of return to Unity, because from the outside, the path leads back to the center, (into) inside, so to our Self.
The Spiral is therefore a sign of inner repentance of men, his mental and physical renewal.
Moreover, Spirals symbolize infinity.

Litha is a superb Time for early rising and gazing at the early morning rays.
What a grand way watching the Sun rise and the Sun set and to celebrate this longest Day of the Year.
Celebrate solar-energy by decorating with yellow, gold, orange, and red.
The most important thing to do when celebrating Midsummer but is to get outside and enjoy the wonderful Sun.

)O( have a blessed Litha

:Of the Wand and the Moon: - Summer Solstice





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