Friday Form A Circle – Catala’s Ritual for Yule

December 18, 2009 at 10:44 am (Christmas, Circle, Friday, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Witch, Yule)

Catala’s Ritual for Yule
by Catala SilverMoon (I had a link, but it’s dead Sad

Supplies:

  • Yule log (oak or pine) with white, red and black candles on it,
  • chalice of wine
  • small piece of paper and pencil for each person
  • altar set up (next to the fireplace)
  • two lighters or matches
  • The altar is adorned with evergreens such as pine, rosemary, bay, juniper and cedar
  • the same can be laid to mark the Circle.

Cast the Circle the way you usually do it.
Statement of intent: Priestess says:

"Since the beginning of time, we have gathered in this season to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun. On the Winter Solstice, the darkest of nights, The Goddess becomes the Great Mother and once again gives birth to the Sun and the new yearly cycle, bringing new light and hope to all on Earth. On the longest night of winter, and the dark night of our souls, there springs the new spark of hope, the Sacred Fire, the Light of the World. We gather tonight to await the new light. On this night, the Maiden, who is also Mother and Crone, prepares to welcome the Sun. Let’s now prepare to welcome the new light within."

Invocation to the Goddess and God: Priest lights fire in fireplace and says:

"I light this fire in your honor Mother Goddess. You have created life from death, warmth from cold. The Sun lives once again, the time of light is waxing."

Lights the Goddess candle on the altar and says:

"We invite you, Great Mother, to our circle. Bring us new light, the light of your glorious Son."

Lights the God candle on the altar and says:

"Ancient God of the forest, we welcome you. Return from the shadows, O Lord of Light. The wheel has turned. We call you back to warm us. Great God of the Sun, I welcome your return. May you shine brightly upon the Earth."

Lighting the candles on the Yule Log: Priestess lights the white candle on the Yule log and says:

"I come to you as Maiden. Young and free, fresh as springtime. Yet within me a yearning stirs to create and share and so I become…"

Lights the red candle and says:

"The Mother, I bring forth the fruit of my creativity. Yet an ancient prophet once told me, as I stood with my son, a sword shall pierce through thy own heart also, and I knew that I must become…"

Lights the black candle and says:

"The Crone. The ancient wise one, Lady of Darkness. We three-in-one who brought forth that special child as long ago, also anointed him for burial-A bright light that grew and was sacrificed to be reborn as a new light."

Consecration of the Yule Log: Priestess says:

"Yule is the end of the old solar year and the beginning of the new one. Traditionally, the end of the year is a time to look back and reflect. It is a time to look ahead to the future, to make plans and set goals."

Everyone writes on a piece of paper something he or she hopes to accomplish during the coming year. When finished, the slips of paper are attached to the Yule Log. Priest picks up the chalice and says:

"We toast the new year!"

Then he sprinkles wine on the log and says:

"and in token of its promise, we consecrate this sacred wood as a focus for the energies through which we accomplish our tasks and manifest our desires during the coming cycle."

All drink from the chalice. Priestess says:

"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. Once having burned with the Yule fire, these candles will contain the luck of the log throughout the coming year."

Priest and Priestess place the Yule log in the fireplace together. The Yule log burns in the fireplace (remember to save a small piece of the log for next Yule).

Closing: Priestess extinguishes the God candle on the altar and says:

"Thank you Bright Lord for the light you have brought to us this night. May we carry it within us throughout the coming year."

Priest extinguishes the Goddess candle on the altar and says:

"Thank you most gracious Lady for your freshness of spirit, your nurturing care, your infinite wisdom. Live within us throughout the coming year. So mote it be."

Close the circle the way you usually do.

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