Merry meet all,
Yule is approaching in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21. This is a time of symbolism and power. Yule marks the return of the sun, when the days finally become longer. It’s a time to celebrate the sun’s return with family and friends, and share the spirit of giving with them. Here are some Yule rituals to celebrate this winter Sabbat, either as a group or as a Solitary. Make sure to record the ritual experience in your Book of Shadows!
The ancients knew that Yule was the longest night of the year. They knew it signalled the sun’s return to earth. They celebrated it and marked the occasion with festivals. Use solar symbols and lots of candles and lights, bright colours, or a bonfire. This Sabbat celebration is best when combined with a feast. Bake cornbread, buttered rum, plum pudding, cranberry dressing and cookies. Clean up, and when you’re done, cover the altar area with altar items.
You can use a lot of candles or only a few candles. In the centre, place a sun “candle” on a riser so it’s above the rest. Don’t light the other candles yet. Turn off the lights and face your altar. Cast a circle. Face the candles and say:
The wheel of the year has turned again and the nights are long. Tonight, the darkness retreats to let light glow over us again As the wheel spins the light glows once more. Now light the candle and say:
Even in the darkest hour, even in the longest lights, the spark of life has lingered on. The darkness crawls back and sunlight glows once again.
Beginning with the candles closest to the sun candle and working your way outward to the sun candle, light each of the other candles. As you light each candle, say:
As the wheel returns, light returns. Warmth and new life returns with it. Shadows vanish and darkness is banished. So be it.
Blessed be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(