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I have been meaning to post about this since Yule itself but somehow never had the energy or motivation!!!
Still don't really so just a quick share.
I decided not to do a Yule log simply because of how awkward that would be while looking after Michaela. The only safe place to do a log here is in the back garden. I'm hoping next year we can get rid of the old gas fire and get a wood-burning stove, then we can have a small log in there.
Instead, I did a ritual I found with 12 candles. Each candle represented a wish. While making each wish over each candle, I placed a sparkly sequin in front of it as an offering to the Sun God (but any sparkly/shiny item is ok). Then I lit all the candles and waited until they were stumps. The next day, I melted down the wax and made it into a ball with a ribbon which I hung on the tree (actually, it's resting on the tree stump the tree came with with the ribbon nominally tied round the bottom branch, because it's too heavy to hang on the tree). Tomorrow I will remove it. I wrote all the wishes in my BoS, so we'll see if they come true - I'll let you know next Yule.
I also had a Yule altar on the back bedroom windowsill with pine cones, as many candles as I could gather together including two Christmas tree ones I bought specially, and three angels. I lit all the candles on Yule night and had each one representing a more generic wish for all my loved ones and all on earth in need, for example, health, love, joy etc.
Those who are Pagan, interfaith or non-denominational, did you all do anything?
Lol, 5 seconds is about all I ever manage in meditation. I suck at it.
I wrote this up properly on my blog including all the instructions and some observations about the behaviour of the candles and whether there was some sort of lithomancy at work in terms of the timescales on the wishes, if anyone is interested to read or use the idea next year. Keeping The Home Fires Burning « The Magical Muse