Search This Blog

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Wicca Yule Wiccan Traditions Winter

Wicca Yule Wiccan Traditions Winter Image
From Samhain to Yule, the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer. The darkest times are from Samhain to Imbolc, and in this dark time, the spirits walk on the Earth. Charles Dickens spoke of this, as the Witches always have known. The last of Dickens spirits was the ghost of christmas future, and this is the ghost of Yule. Yule is the time we look to the future and the rebirth of the world. Yule is the time of the year that marks the rebirth of the God, with the rebirth of the sun, after Solstice, circa 21 December. The night of Yule is the longest night of the year, hereafter, the days grow longer and the influence of the sun, and therefore the God, grows more powerful with each passing day. Yule is the end of one solar year and the beginning of the new one.

The practice of bringing evergreen into the home was originally forbidden by the church; this in itself is an excellent argument for the belief that this is an old Pagan Practice. The ritual of decorating the tree with fruits, nuts, and berries is a form of old sympathetic Magic that worked to ensure the continuing cycle of the seasons. This is the Anglo-Saxon new year. As the days shorten and the night lengthen, the homes of Witches are recreated into into winter wonderlands.

It is still common practice to bring the evergreen into the home and decorating it with representations of fruit, nuts, and flowers. Though it is no longer commonly recognized as the sympathetic Magic, it is a common practice. This magical act is designed to bring about the return of the flowers of the spring and the rebirth of the Earth. The Pine cones of the season are symbols of the Fairee, and there is an old German tale of the Fairee and the pine cones, and the Winter Season. Further, the wrapping of color around the candy cane is an old hearkening to the Maypole and the Tinsel is an old representation of icicles and rain. These are all old symbols of fertility, and of rebirth. Also think of the oldest top to a Yuletide tree, the star. Notice that these old stars are traditionally five pointed, a penticle.

Perhaps one of the oldest of all Pagan Yuletide traditions is the burning of the Yule log. At this, the oldest and darkest time of the year, the burning of the Yule log, expressed in the simplest Magical terms what was needed most: warmth and light. The power of the Yule log gave its strength to the new born Sun when the new solar year was born.

When the animals have been fed, and are warm and safe in their shelter, we gather by the evening fire to gaze into its flames and reflect on the day that is done. Outside, in silence, the snow falls, and beneath its frozen crust the Mother sleeps, and awaits here lover.


During Yule, on the winter solstice, the alter is adorned with the evergreens and dried leaves. The cauldron is filled ignitable alcohol or a red candle. In an outdoor ritual, lay a fire near the alter.

Cast a circle

Invoke the Goddess and the God

Stand before the cauldron and say these words;

I fear not the cold

As the world is wrapped in sleep

Though icy winds blast

And the winter rages unabated

I know this to shall pass

I know that now the God is reborn

That the Mother Goddess

Has Borne you forth from her womb

And you are now healthy

And you are growing stronger with each passing day

Welcome back, O blessed Horned one

The sacrifice you made

Has carried us through

The dying of the days

And into the time of rebirth

Thank you, O great Goddess

For the power of your womb

That brought forth from the sacrifice of the God

A new life among us

And a new world before us.

Light the Cauldron, Candle, or fire, and circle about it, slowly, deosil, and chant the following while focusing on the reawakening of the world. "As the wheel turns, the power burns."

Works of magic may follow if needed.

Celebrate the feast.

Release the circle.

Books in PDF format to read:

Scott Cunningham - Wicca A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner
Bylaws - Unicorn Tradition Of Wicca
Marcus Cordey - Magical Theory And Tradition

Tags: black magic beginners  white magic spell book  wiccan ritual clothing  magic spells and curses  a witches bible free download  magical book  white magic for love  egyptian mythology gods