Yule Log Magick
The Yule log is a remnant of the bonfires that the European pagans would set ablaze at the time of winter solstice. These bonfires symbolized the return of the Sun. The Yule log can be made of any wood. Each releases its own kind of magic.
Aspen: invokes understanding of the grand design.
Birch: signifies new beginnings.
Holly: inspires visions and reveals past lives.
Oak: brings healing, strength, and wisdom.
Pine: signifies prosperity and growth.
Willow: invokes the Goddess to achieve desires.
On the night of Yule, carve a symbol of your hopes for the coming year into the log. Burn the log to release its power. Save a piece of this year’s Yule log for kindling in next year’s fire. You may also wish to decorate the log with greenery, flowers, ribbons and herbs for magickal intent. Some choices might be:
Carnations-protection, courage, strength, healing, increases magickal power, vitality
Cedar-wealth, protection, purification, healing, promotes spirituality
Juniper- Exorcism, protection, healing, love
Mistletoe-a catalyst, fertility, health, success, protection, banishing evil
Pine-healing, wealth, protection, purification, exorcism, exorcism, fertility, wealth
Rosemary-health, love, protection, exorcism, purification, increase intellectual powers, peace, blessing, consecration, very powerful cleansing and purifying
Roses-love, courage, luck, health, protection, beauty
Ribbons can be used according to their color magick correspondences.
Fearthered Friends Easy Feed
Roll pine cones in bird seed after coating with peanut butter. Make a suet and peanut butter ball for the birds by melting equal parts suet and peanut butter and adding birdseed to make firm. Roll in a ball and hang using an old onion bag.
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 large egg white
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups instant oats
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup thawed frozen apple juice concentrate
1/4 cup thawed frozen pineapple-orange concentrate
1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pine nuts
1 package of Sun Maid Fruit Bits
Beat egg white and oil until frothy Add juice and blend Add flour, oats, baking soda, and cinnamon and blend well Stir in walnuts or pine nuts and fruit bits Place teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet and bake at 350 F for 10 minutes
2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
3 Tablespoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon Spirulina (green algae can be found in some pet shops or health
2 eggs and shells (puree in blender)
1 jar of fruit baby food
1 jar of carrot baby food
1 jar of sweet potatoes baby food
1 jar of chicken noodles or rice baby food
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups baby cereal
1 1/2 cups shredded/chopped carrots
Mix dry ingredients Mix remaining ingredients Combine dry and wet mixtures Roll on to a greased cookie sheet Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes Let cool Cut into small squares Any not to be used in the next three days, may be frozen
Bird Snack Bars
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1 box cornbread mix (18 oz)
1/3 cup apple juice
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup thawed frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 cup chopped broccoli or shredded carrot
Place eggs, walnuts and raisins in blender and blend a several seconds Place this mixture into bowl, add remaining ingredients. Stir until well blended. Place on a greased 8″ x 8″ x 2″ pan Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes Let cool for 10 minutes on rack Loosen edges with spatula Remove from pan, allow to finish cooling.
Sweet Potato Balls for the birds
1 large sweet potato (baked)
1/2 cup raisins
1 banana mashed
1 cup mixed fresh or frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup diced apples
1 1/2 cup granola breakfast cereal
Mix all ingredients together Role into little balls (add fruit juice if needed) Place balls on small cookie sheet Freeze After frozen place in freezer bags Thaw as needed.
These can be a lot of fun. To make stringing easier you should use popcorn that is one to two days old because “stale” popcorn strings much easier. Be sure to pop new bowls for snacking during stringing! A variation: Add berries, cereal (the kind with holes in the centers like Cheerios are great-especially for kids) popcorn, and seeds for an outdoor garland for the birds and small animals that share your space. Remember it’s winter for them and they will appreciate the treat!
Plain popped corn, berries and all the things you will put on the garland
Dental floss or other string like fishing line or thread (extra fine, unwaxed) dental floss it is really hard to break
Large needle (it should be sharp to pierce berries and nuts but if stringing cereal you can just give kids a string or a plastic needle used to sew with yarn)
Measure out a lengthof stringing material. 4 to 6 feet (an arm’s length) is good; any longer and you have problems with the thread knotting up. If you want a really long garland, tie several together. Thread the needle. Tie a big knot at the far end. An alternative is to leave a couple of inches at the end and tie a loop around the first thing you string on the garland. Pass the needle through the popcorn. If your children are too young to handle sharp needles, they can move the popcorn down the length of the floss to the knot. Continue stringing until the garland is full. Hang the garland inside or outside.
Remember that popcorn tends to “melt” in the rain. Also, if it’s an outside garland, the creatures will probably eat everything in a couple of days, so if you put it out early, it won’t last… If you are planning the bird-food garland, consider hanging suet (animal fat) from the garland. Birds really like it when it’s cold outside. You might also try things like Fruit Loops, Cheerio’s or other cereals
An easy garland may be made by using the heads of flowers such as carnations, mini carnations, mini roses or roses. Simply break the heads off fresh flowers close to the calyx of the flower and thread on strong thin string, wore or dental floss. Hang to dry in a warm place out of direct sunlight and be sure to move the flowers very carefully together as they
dry. Depending on how dry an area you use it will take from 5 days to 2 weeks for the garland to dry. Hang as desired from mantles, on the Yule tree, etc.
Twelve Herb Yule Sachet
7 parts Juniper
4 parts Cinnamon
4 parts Allspice
4 parts Ginger
4 parts Caraway
2 parts Nutmeg
2 parts Rosemary
2 parts Lemon
2 parts Orange
1 part Clove
1 part Bay
2 pinches Orris
Tie up in a small square of green, red or a Yule print cloth and give as gifts or save them to scent your drawers.