Esbats & Sabbats

12 Nights of Yule- December 20th

Yule officially begins today at sunset, the night before the Winter Solstice.

On this day I like to prepare my Yule altar with pine cones and pine branches. I have also chosen a handful of runes to aid me in the coming year, as well as a few of my favorite crystals. Mercury retrograde has started yesterday so I’ve chosen black tourmaline, selenite and a quartz crystal for their protection.


I also like to set my intentions for each month of the upcoming year with every night of the winter solstice. Tonight is dedicated to January and as I light the first of the twelve candles, I’ll meditate and journal about my intentions for that month.

In my last post I talked about doing a Brain Dump for each of my monthly plans on a huge piece of drawing paper. I’m a very visual person and I often like to draw out my ideas so it’s easier for me to meditate on the images without getting my thoughts jumbled.


In January, I want to start creating habits for more a more productive, creative and healthy lifestyle. These are just a few of what I will be focusing on doing in the New Year:

Write every day and stick to a writing schedule.

Study more of the Craft.

Work on my Book of Shadows.

Meditate and perform my daily magickal routines every morning & evening.

Do daily, weekly and monthly tarot and oracle reads.

Eat healthier and buy more organic foods.

 Workout at least a couple of times a week.

Save more money than I spend.


I’ll also decorate my altar with physical representations of my intentions, such as: my Book of Shadows, my favorite pen, my planner, my study notebooks, my tarot cards and a silver typewriter my fiance gave me last year.

This altar isn’t very structured or orderly- it’s simply a beautiful mixture of my favorite things, reminding me of what I intend to explore in the coming year.

Do you celebrate Yule only on the 21st or do you like to honor each night of the winter solstice leading up to the New Year?

Leave me a reply and let me know!


The Snow Orchid Witch

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