Around December 21st we celebrate the Winter Solstice, Alban Arthuan or Yule. The shortest day and longest night the time when darkness rules and the time when the Oak king returns to defeat the Holly king and take sovereignty over the land during the waxing half of the year, as from today it will be the light that gains power and will grow each day until the Summer Solstice.
Celtic Tree Calendar
25th November - 22nd December is Elder tree Month. Elder people are self-sufficient, lively, impetuous and outspoken. They dislike routine and refuse to be pressured by others. Restless and highly energetic, they thrive on change and need constant mental and physical challenge. Elders must learn to use change as a positive force in their lives or they can become reckless and confused.
The Raven symbolizes healing and protection.
The month of Elder is a good time for workings related to creativity and renewal. It is a time of beginnings and endings, births and deaths, and rejuvenation. Elder is also said to protect against demons and other negative entities. Use in magic connected to Faeries and other nature spirits.