Merry Solstice

Hope everyone has a wonderful Solstice and is welcoming the return of the sun!

I used a portion of a Santa Claus ritual from here which was a neat idea. This is the one we used last night in my circle.

Yule 2009

Use the lights to outline to circle.  I have 4 of the led lights in glass to use (child and dog beard friendly) I made the Kylphi incense and put them into ball form.

East:  (Lights the candle.)
Gift givers of the East, I bid you welcome: Babouschka, Grandfather Frost, Ganesha, Bring to us this night joy and good cheer.

South:  (Lights the candle.)
Gift givers of the South, I bid you welcome: Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Brighid, Three Kings (Los Reyes Magos: Melchor, Gaspar, Baltasar).  Bring to us this night joy and good cheer.

West:  (Lights the candle.)
Gift givers of the West, I bid you welcome:  Isis, Freya, Yemaya, Bring to us this night joy and good cheer.

North:  (Lights the candle.)
Gift givers of the North, I bid you welcome: Krampus, Santa Lucia, Sinter Klaas, Odin. Bring to us this night joy and good cheer.

P1: At this time do we know the dark of the year.
The season of fertile life is past, and all is cold.
Emptiness and bleakness are all about.
In darkness do we join to wait out this night,
For the womb of the dark holds the birth of the light.

P2: “Behold the light that can never die
Reborn anew in the Solstice Sky!”

P4: The Yule log represents the two things we wish for at this time, light and warmth. So we burn it in honor of Sun King so that winter will be kind and mild.

P3:  Picks up the chalice

We toast the New Year (sprinkles wine on the log) and in token of its promise, we consecrate this sacred wood as a focus for the energies throughout which we accomplish our tasks and manifest our desires during the coming cycle.

P1: You who have died are now reborn. Lend us your light through the winter months as we await the spring. Let us now light the Yule log.

(Remember to save a small piece of the log for next Yule or save the ashes or the candles.)

Light the Yule log.

All : All Hail the Sun King! Blessings to the newborn Sun!
S1: Glory to the Newborn King
-Ellen Reed (1st verse)

Brothers, sisters, come to sing
Glory to the newborn King!
Gardens peaceful, forests wild
Celebrate the Winter Child!
Now the time of glowing starts!
Joyful hands and joyful hearts!
Cheer the Yule log as it burns!
For once again the Sun returns!
Brothers, sisters, come and sing!
Glory to the newborn King!

Brothers, sisters, singing come
Glory to the newborn Sun
Through the wind and dark of night
Celebrate the coming light.
Suns glad rays through fear’s cold burns
Life through death the Wheel now turns
Gather round the Yule log and tree
Celebrate Life’s mystery
Brothers, sisters, singing come
Glory to the newborn Sun.

Ale Blessing

P2: Holds the chalice aloft.

We draw blessing from the cauldron of regeneration. We pour the ale of inspiration. Behold the holy cup of magic, the outpouring of blessing from the mighty ones. When we share the drink of the Shining Ones, we drink in wisdom, love and strength. We, your children, rejoice in your gift. Bless our lives with love, magic and bounty as we drink these sacred waters.

Wine  is passed saying “May you never thirst.”

Cake Blessing
P4: (Holds plate of cakes up to the sky) These cakes are symbolic of abundance. Without the love of the God and Goddess and the nurturing elements we would be unable to experience their essence.

Cakes are passed saying, “May you never hunger.”

The Holly and the Ivy

When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The Holly bears the crown

Oh, the rising of the Sun and the running of the deer
The turning of the winter season
Sweet singing all may hear.

The Holly bears a berry
As red as any blood
And the ivy grows upon the rock
Evergreen throughout the wood.

Oh, the rising of the Sun and the running of the deer
The hand upon the harpstring
Sweet singing in the choir

The Holly bears a blossom
White as the lily’s flower
And the Goddess bears the Sun again
To bring us strength and power

Oh, the rising of the Sun and the running of the deer
The playing of the merry pipes
Sweet singing in the shire

The Holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn
And the Goddess in her ivy gown
Greets the winter sun each morn

Oh, the rising of the Sun and the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing in the choir

The Holly ever bears a bark
Bitter as any gall
And the ivy weaves within our lives
Like the Goddess in us all

Oh, the rising of the Sun and the running of the deer
The turning of the winter season
Sweet singing all may hear

Circle is closed

North: Thank you gift givers of the north for your presence here this night.  May your essence shine within our hearts in the upcoming year to remind each of us whenever possible to share with one another the fruits of our labors.  So mote it be!

West: Thank you gift givers of the west for your presence here this night.  May your essence shine within our hearts in the upcoming year to remind each of us that compassion and kindness are, perhaps, the greatest gifts that can be given to another.  So mote it be!

South: Thank you gift givers of the south for your presence here this night.  May your essence shine within our hearts in the upcoming year to remind each of us that gifts given in love and trust, no matter how small, are always welcomed, and always blessed.  So mote it be!

East: Thank you gift givers of the east for your presence here this night.  May your essence shine within our hearts in the upcoming year to remind each of us that what we think is as important as what we do.  So mote it be!

Feasting and Merrymaking

Solstice story from Circle Round (if there are children present)

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