Winter Solstice/Yule Ritual

I think that’s what I love about my path. What I do one year might not be the same the next. I’m a simple person. I like to do simple rites to celebrate the turning of the yearly wheel.  I put this together over a few days. It’s quick and easy, and the best part is that it is versatile. The prayers and other parts I got from Scott Cunningham’s books, and the first part I got from a spell a day email I think from Llewellyn Books, but I can’t remember.

Ritual

After a cleansing bath or shower, set up your altar so that it has a representation of the four elements (earth, air, fire, water), representation of the God and Goddess (candles or statues, or whatever you use), and a white candle in the center. There should be something for the Simple Feast. I like to combine food and objects, ie. using nuts and cookies for the Simple Feast as well as having them depict the element of Earth.

 For this rite I used walnuts/cookies for the element of Earth.

Sandalwood incense for the element of Air

A small red candle for the element of Fire

A goblet of fruit juice to represent Water.

 

 

 

 

 

Light the God and Goddess candles (if any) and the red candle while saying out loud;

Longest night and shortest day,
Magic comes bright.
We gather now on this longest night,
Honoring darkness, praising light.
Dancers hail the
standing stones,
As growing solar light returns.
Ancient ones at Newgrange gathered,
Awaiting dawns first light.
Hidden tombs and
carvings old,
Illuminated by solstice
sunlight bright.
World round, grateful souls
Celebrate this night of returning light.
May we see this shaft of brilliance,
A sign of summer growing.
Cut the evergreen adornments,
And build the sacred fire to coax the Sun higher.
Yule log embers and torches bright,
Warm our dreams this magical night.
Memories and ancient secrets
Of the Druids come to me tonight.
May this increase my wisdom now,
The ancestors guide my spirit.
Magnifying brilliance and promises to come,
Spirals dance in solstice first light.
Visions planted, now on this night,
Grow strong and clear with the light.
Holly, mistletoe, ivy, pine,
Magic be, on this day.
So mote it be.

 

Stand before your altar and gaze at the candles. Say these or similar words.

I sorrow not, though the world is wrapped in sleep,

I sorrow not, though the icy winds blast,

I sorrow not, though the snow falls hard and deep,

I sorrow not, this too shall soon pass.

Light the white candle and say:

I light this fire in You honor,

Mother Goddess.

You have created life from death,

warmth from cold,

The sun lives once again; the time of light is waxing.

Welcome, ever-returing God of thr Sun

Hail Mothr of All!

Now comes the meditation. You can stand if you want, or sit. I sit on a chair just because getting up from the floor hurts my knees. Think about the warmth of the sun. Imagine it growing stronger, feel the warmth on your face and what the growing warmth will mean to you. After a time, stand again before your altar and say:

Great God of the sun.

I welcome your return,

May you shine brightly

u[on the Goddess.

May you shine brightly

upon the Earth.

Scattering seeds and fertilizing

the ground.

All blessings upon you.

Reborn one of the Sun!

 

Traditionally, you do acts of magic here. Go ahead if you want. I say prayers for my family and what I hope for them for the coming year.

 

After my prayers, I thank the God and Goddess and sit down to eat the Simple feast. I eat the nuts and cookies, acknowledging the nuts as the seeds of my intent for the new year, and the cookies as the product of my hard work. I drink the fruit juice and acknowledge the festive part of the season. When I’m done, I thank the God and Goddess for their presence.

 

Remember not to blow out the candles. Use a snuffer or pinch out the flames, and DON’T leave the candles unattended.

 

~Blessed Be~

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Celebration of Autumn

This Friday will be Mabon, or the Autumn equinox. The nights have been cooling down quite a bit, and I saw a tree along the side of the road that had a few leafs turned. Even the wild sumac is starting to dawn it’s bright red colour. I think the fall colours are going to be brilliant this year. We had quite a bit of rain over the summer and I’m not sure, but I think that helps to bring out the more vibrant displays.

Mabon is about more than the equal portions of night and day, it’s also a time to look back and reflect on the passing year. Samhain is right around the corner and the gardens are on their last legs. Soon the weather will be cold and we will fall into what I call the long, cold dark of November. Yet, as sad as it is to see the nice weather leave, it’s part of a cycle that we all have to endure. Nature is winding down, preparing for the ‘long sleep’ of winter. If you live in parts of the world where plants and trees lose their leaves and look dead, you know that nothing really dies off, but just becomes dormant, waiting for the increase rays of the sun to warm them up.

Mabon is also the second last of the harvest celebrations.      

I plan on doing a small celebration this Friday mostly with food, and I might light some candles and meditate outside, weather permitting. If you are curious about a more elaborate ritual, check out this link. It gives you so much information on what to have and what to use in your rite.

http://www.twopagans.com/holiday/Mabon.html

~Blessed Be~

Happy Litha (Summer Solstice)

I’m not doing a big rite for today, just sitting outside, going to light some candles, burn some incense, drinking a festive alcohol drink (haven’t done that in a while), and listening to the birds.

 

 

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