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Divinatory Yule Stones:
Winter Solstice Celebration

Yule (from the Anglo-Saxon 'Yula', meaning 'wheel' of the year) is usually celebrated on the actual Winter Solstice, which may vary by a few days, though it usually occurs on or around December 21st.

Winter Solstice is the time to celebrate the Sun bringing brighter days. It signifies a time when the Mother Goddess sets the wheel in motion again for the new year.

Divinatory Yule Stones
Welcome Bowl

A Welcome Bowl to predict the coming year!

I'd like to share with you an annual Yule tradition that I call my "Welcome Bowl".

This can be done throughout the season as visitors come to your home, or at your Christmas or New Year's Eve party. You will need a decorative bowl or basket surrounded by festive holiday candles and holly, ivy or mistletoe (to symbolize fertility and everlasting life), and finally a selection of gemstones wrapped in colorful foil or paper.

  1. On small strips of paper, write down the divinatory meaning (see below) for each gemstone.
  2. (Click here for a printable list of stones and their divinatory meanings.)
  3. Now wrap the stone with its meaning in the foil or paper.
  4. Invite each guest to 'stir' the bowl once, then choose their personal Yule stone.
  5. Ask the guest to keep the stone as a reminder to stay on the path towards their goals throughout the coming year. The divinatory meaning will assist in a successful path forward.

You can fill your bowl with any combination of gemstones. Mix and match anyway you want. Oh, don't forget - you will want to pick one too!

I wish you good luck, good health and much joy and prosperity this coming year!

~ Emily

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Divinatory Meaning

Divinatory Meaning

Divinatory Meaning

Agate - This year will bring the stability and protection that you need. Your dreams and daydreams provide guidance to achieve this.

Amazonite - Be prepared to step away from your usual routine and toward new experiences.

Amethyst - Keep a balance between work and home at this time. Do not let either one dominate.

Aventurine - New people in your life need time to get to know you, and time is needed for you to trust them.

Blue Quartz - The true power of your creative skills is not yet apparent. Examine what is stopping you from fully expressing yourself.

Carnelian - If financial deals or emotional ties are holding you back, consider releasing them for good at this time.

Crystal quartz - Your perception of current situations is particularly clear at the moment - be guided by it.

Chrysophase - Appreciate the little things in the months ahead and you will receive unconditional love.

Hematite - You need to put more effort into your leisure time if you want to do the things you keep thinking about. Approach work with more flexibility.

Moss agate - Choices and directions will be clarified if you make time to be alone and reflect on your life.

Red Jasper - You need to value your skills more and put them to better use with more vigor.

Rose quartz - Emotional times for new relationships and relationships with children are just ahead. Embrace these wholeheartedly.

Smokey quartz - More is happening than is apparent on the outside. Re-examine your thoughts on projects that have not yet begun.

Sodalite - Be prepared to expand your horizons further than you ever thought possible.

Sunstone - Honesty and openness are your path to good fortune at this time.

Citrine - Your thoughts on the larger situation are correct, so trust your perception and intuition.

Iolite - You need not listen to what others are saying...go your own way.

Polychrome Jasper - Reorganize to be prepared for big changes coming soon.

Jade - Inspiration can be found by looking at your family history.

Rhodonite - Indulge yourself in a luxury you seldom have the chance to enjoy. It will lead open other possibilities for you.

Tree Agate - Allow change to happen even though you are uncertain of the outcome. You need to consider a transformation of your goals and a new direction.

Fluorite - You need more time alone in order to clarify your plans.

Rutilated Quartz - This is not a good time to take risks or follow whims. Act only when you are confident of the outcome.

Orange Calcite - Your love life will be improved by paying more attention to the little details.

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White Topaz - Go for it! This is the ideal time to do what you want and go where you want.

Ametrine - Use inspiration this year to change your life for the better.

Aquamarine - Take a few steps back so that you can see what is really going on. Do not ignore those at home.

Black tourmaline - It is time to consolidate your plans for the future in solid and realistic ways.

Bloodstone - New romance or projects that have been slow to start will blossom now.

Emerald - Pour your heart into the situation without expecting anything in return.

Garnet - Take a chance with a new friend or new group activities, but do not do so in a serious way. Make no lasting commitments at this time.

Lapis Lazuli - Distant memories may be very helpful in putting current events into perspective. It will take effort to uncover the truth, but this will be rewarding.

Malachite - Spread your wings and break away from thought patterns that have trapped you for so long.

Moonstone - Beginnings and endings are a natural part of life. Learn to accept this reality.

Snakeskin Agate - Develop more love for yourself and you will find lost talents that will increase your happiness and abundance.

Charoite - Pay closer attention to messages in your dreams.

White Opal - You need to practice more tolerance in order to achieve the understanding that will give you the emotional contentment you seek.

Blue Aragonite - Financial stability is on the horizon for you. Avoid excess.

Chiastolite - You need to eliminate conflict from your life at this time. Harmony will bring your goals closer to reality.

No claims are made. These alleged powers are gathered from writing, books, folklore and various sources.