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Yule celebrations

Post by Stirky on Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:52 am

We celebrate Yule here in the Northern Hemisphere on Sunday December 21st, the Southern Hemisphere will be celebrating Litha.

I have plans for Yule, the day will be spent with my family and in the evening I am meeting with friends (and my son and daughter are also coming with me) at the house we have our moots at. I am conducting a ritual to celebrate Yule, and then we will chat and have some food and drink. Everybody brings one food/drink item. Really looking forward to it Smile

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Post by Agartha on Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:15 am

Nice!!! I bet you'll have a great time..... maybe you should share your ceremony with us.... if you don't want to post pics, then take us through it... perhaps? Very Happy

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Post by Stirky on Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:30 am

I can do better than that lol, will post the actual ceremony for any that might be interested in reading it, it is only a short ceremony.
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Post by Stirky on Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:36 am

Group Yule Ritual


Altar: The altar should have an image of the God and Goddess with an incense burner placed in front of the images. Two white altar candles, a special candle to symbolize fire and light, a little bell, goblet with wine/juice, a small dish of cakes or cookies, holly, mistletoe etc.

When everyone is ready the participants should assemble in the circle area, all join hands.


Priestess: Let it be known that the Circle is about to be cast, let none be here but of their own free will.

Purify and cast the Circle but do not light the special candle.

All let go of hands.


Priestess: This is the night of the solstice, the night that the darkness is triumphant over light, and yet on the morrow, the dark begins to give way and the light will return. The spirit of nature is   suspended, all living things wait the transformation of the Dark King into the Infant Light. We watch for the coming of dawn, when the Great Mother will again give birth to the Divine Child,
The Sun God who is the bringer of the life of Spring and the promise of  Summer. We call the Sun from the womb of night. Blessed Be.

All: Blessed be.

Calling the quarters, all face East.

East: Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, we summon, awaken and call you up to guard the circle and protect us in our rite. Come to us now on the cold winter wind and breathe into us the spirit of the pure joy of life. So mote it be!

All: So mote it be!

All face South.

South: Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, we summon, awaken and call you up to guard the circle and protect us in our rite. Come forth from the fires that warm this winter's night. Kindle    within us the warmth of spiritual awakening. So mote it be!

All: So mote it be!

All face West.

West: Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, we summon, awaken and call you up to guard the circle and protect us in our rite. Come forth from the frozen streams, from the driven snow.
Bring us the water  of life to wash away our fears and resentments that we may find peace of mind.  So mote it be!

All: So mote it be!

All face North.

North: Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, we summon, awaken and call you up to guard the circle and protect us in our rite. Come forth from the fertile bosom of our Blessed Mother Earth,
and nourish us so that our faith may grow in strength. So mote it be!

All: So mote it be!

The priestess then takes the wand, and starting at the north, draws it along the entire circle clockwise back to the north point.

Priestess: The circle is sealed, and all herein are totally and completely apart from the outside world, that we may glorify the Lady whom we adore. Blessed Be!

All: Blessed Be!

Priestess says and all repeat each line after her

         As above, so below ...
         As the universe, so the soul.
         As without, so within.
         Blessed and gracious one,
         On this day do we consecrate to you
         Our bodies,
         Our minds,
         And our spirits.
         Blessed Be!

Priestess 2: To die and be reborn, the wheel is turning, what must you lose to the night?

All: Fear.

Priestess 2: Fear is lost to the night. Fear is lost to the night. To die and be reborn, the wheel is turning, what must you lose to the night?

All: The light was born, and the light has died.

Priestess 2: Everything passes, all fades away.

Priestess: You are entering a space of perfect freedom.

As everyone visualizes their hopes for their new life to come with the coming of the Sun.

All: We are awake in the night! We turn the Wheel, to bring the light! We call the sun from the womb of night!

Priestess 2: He sets his face to the West, but in the East arises!

Priestess: Queen of the sun! Queen of the Moon! Queen of the horns! Queen of the fires!
    Bring to us the Child of Promise!


All: It is the Great Mother, who gives birth to Him,
      It is the Lord of Life, who is born again!
      Darkness and tears are set aside,
      When the sun comes up again!

Priestess: Golden sun, of hill and field, Light the earth! Light the skies! Light the waters!
    Light the fires!

All: Io! Evohe! Io! Evohe!

The Sun Child steps forward towards the altar.

Sun Child: I am the returning light, the returning sun, bringing light to the darkness.

The Sun Child lights the special candle.

All: I who have died am alive again today, the Sun is born again! This is the birth of life and love and wings, we are born again, we shall live again! The Sun Child, the Winter born King!

All: The Dark God has passed the Gate, He has been reborn through the Mother, With Him we are each reborn! The tide has turned! The light will come again! In a new dawn, in a new day, The sun is rising! Io! Evohe! Blessed Be!

The goblet bearer now faces the altar and takes the goblet, raising it and offering it to the Lady and the Lord.


Goblet bearer: We give thanks to the Gods for that which sustains us.

The cake bearer, also facing the altar, takes the plate of cakes, raising it and offering it to the Lady and the Lord.

Cake bearer: We give thanks to the Gods for that which sustains us.

All: So be it. May we ever be aware of all that we owe to the Gods.

The goblet is passed around the circle clockwise, each person taking a sip if they wish, and passing it on to the next person saying “May you never thirst”

The plate is passed around the circle clockwise, each person taking a cake/cookie if they wish, and passing it onto the next person saying “May you never hunger”


Priestess: Eat and drink. Be happy. Share and give thanks. So Mote It Be.

All: So Mote It Be.

All face East

East: Lords of the watchtowers of the East, return now to the brisk winter winds which are brimming with the excitement of the year's climax. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!

All: Hail and farewell!

All face South

South: Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, return now to the fires of the winter hearth. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!

All: Hail and farewell!

All face West

West: Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, return now to the frozen streams and snow fields. Take with you our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!

All: Hail and farewell!

All face North

North: Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, return now to the Earth where seeds nestle awaiting the warmth of Spring. Take with you  our blessings and thanks. Hail and farewell!

All: Hail and farewell!

Priestess: We came together in perfect love and perfect trust, in love and  friendship, let us part in the same way. Let us spread the love we have known here outward to all; sharing with those we
meet on our separate ways.

Priestess 2:  Lord and Lady, we give you our thanks for sharing this time together in our rite. We give you thanks for watching over us, for guarding us and for guiding us in all things.  Love is the
Law, Love is the Bond, Merry did we meet, merry do we part; and merry will we meet again.

    Our rite draws to its end.
    O lovely and gracious Goddess,
    Be with each of us as we depart.
    The circle is open but not broken!
    So Mote it be

All: So Mote it be! Merry Meet, Merry Part, May the Love of The Lord and The Lady,
    Be always in your heart.
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Re: Yule celebrations

Post by Monk (in hiding) on Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:03 am

Stark, ever though about going to Boom or Ozora?

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Re: Yule celebrations

Post by Stirky on Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:04 am

Both do sound wonderful, it's just the distance and expense Sad
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