If the closest thing to an altar that you have in your room is the nightstand that you keep your cell phone on, it may be time to add a dedicated space to prioritize your spiritual needs. An altar doesn’t have to be only made up of just candles and stones. It can be made up of anything that holds sentimental significance to you: a pretty shell that you picked up on the beach, a feather that reminds you to be free and it’s okay to be fragile, a trinket that was gifted to you by a lost loved one, a singing bowl for relaxation, sage for cleansing, a candle for aromatherapy, or even something you brought back from one of your travels. Yule is the perfect time to start setting up an alter, and we are here to help you begin.
Color’s to Incorporate
Yule celebrates the Winter Solstice and falls on the longest night of the year. Yule means winter is here, and even if the snow hasn’t fallen yet, there’s a definite chill in the air. Use cold colors to decorate your altar, such as blues and silvers and whites. It is a good idea to also incorporate the iconic red and greens you see this season. Evergreen boughs with red bows is a great way to start off. Since winter solstice is the season of the sun, gold is often associated with solar power and energy. If your tradition honors the return of the sun, why not add some gold suns or accents to your alter?
Symbols to Incorporate
Yule reflects the return of the sun, so add solar symbols to your altar. Gold discs, yellow candles, anything bright and shiny can represent the sun. Some people even get a large pillar candle, inscribe it with solar symbols, and designate it as their sun candle.
Plants to Incorporate
Try incorporating sacred plants associated with the winter solstice as well. You can add evergreen boughs, sprigs of holly, pinecones, or a Yule log. pines, fir, juniper and cedar are all part of the evergreen family, and they’re typically associated with themes of protection and prosperity, as well as that of a continuation of life and renewal.
There’s no limit to the number of things you can put on your Yule altar, if you’ve got the space. Fruit and nuts, snowflakes or a bowl of snow, bells, etc. If it speaks to you in a spiritual way and you can find a place, go ahead and add it, just use what calls to you the most.