“Yul” means “wheel,” and in earlier times, this was the yoke of the year, the, time of turning and going forward, Onions and salt are both purifiers, and will help to ease your way over this period to make new beginnings. In Russia, the birch was used at Christmas time as a symbol of rebirth, and also at Whitsun, when it was dressed in female clothing to welcome the summer in.
3 white candles
2 small onions and some red cord
A little salt
2 silver birch twigs
At the eve of the winter solstice, December 21st, light the candles. While focusing on their light, peel the onions and thread or bind them with red cord, saying:
“Spirits of the past and present,
keep evil sorts at bay;
harmony and joy prevail,
at the turning of the day.”
Hang the onions at the front and back doors of your home. If you do not have a back door, use a window instead. On Christmas Eve, take down the onions and sprinkle them with salt. Remove the cord, then burn or bury the onions. Place the silver birch twigs to your forehead, and then hang them at your front and back doors with the red cord in place of the onions.