Updated: Jan 29
Yule is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. It is the Holly King's last night of power before he is defeated by the Oak King. It is the rebirth of the Sun God, the God of Light. Now, the days will get longer as the sun waxes until Litha/Midsummer.
For the solstice, I like to make mojo bags for protection and prosperity, to ward my home, and to give as holiday gifts to my coven members. These bags are hung in the home, usually by a doorway or window to protect and to draw prosperity. They should be changed every yule.
You will need:
1 gold pouch (or cloth you can sew into a pouch)
1 Embroidery Needle
Embroidery Thread (any colour that appeals to you, I prefer green/brown)
Herbs for protection, peace and prosperity. eg Sage, lavender, thyme, rosemary, chamomile, black-pepper, bay leaf
Optional: Stones for protection, peace and prosperity. eg. Jade, agate, black tourmaline, malachite, jet, chrysocolla, citrine.
Take your thread and embroider runes and/or symbols that represent protection, prosperity and peace. As you sew, keep your mind focused on what you want the mojo bag to do. You can simply chant "Protection, Peace, Prosperity!" over and over as you work.
Then, fill the bag with the herbs and stones you decided to use. Seal the bag, purify it with consecrated salt water and incense, charge it with your intention and leave it on your altar for three days.
Put it up out of sight near a doorway or window.
Change every Yule.
I do this instead of the traditional hanging of mistletoe every yule. It turns out that fresh mistletoe is actually illegal in Canada because of its aggressively invasive nature. If mistletoe is legal where you live, you would charge it to protect your house and attract good fortune and hang it in your house for the year as a charm.