Yule (Winter Solstice)

Needed:

  • Incense and burner
  • Chalice of water
  • Salt
  • Pentacle
  • Dagger
  • 4 element candles
  • Cauldron
  • Chalice of wine
  • Bell
  • Green candle in cauldron with a red, white, and black candle arranged around it

Note: Time of the Goddess of the Cold Darkness and the birth of the Divine Child, the reborn Sun God. Time of rebirth and turning of the earth force tides.

Cast the circle

Ring bell three times:
“This is Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.
Darkness reigns triumphant, yet gives way and changes into light.
The Sun King has gone into Emania.
Yet, within the sacred cauldron of rebirth he is once more
transformed into the newborn Divine Child of Light.”

Put a little more incense on the coals:
“All is cold, and I await the coming of the dawn.
As the Sun rises, the Triple Goddess once more
gives birth to the Divine Child.
In silence and wonder
I stand before the sacred cauldron of rebirth,
knowing that one day I too must pass
through the cauldron and be reborn.
For this I now give honor to the Triple Goddess.”

Light the white candle near the cauldron:
“White is for the Maiden.
May you plant your seeds of joy
and new beginnings within my life.”

Light the red candle near the cauldron:
“Red is for the Mother.
May you grant me gifts of creative ideas
and the strength to bring them to completion.”

Light the black candle near the cauldron:
“Black is for the Crone, the Wise One.
May you give me wisdom to understand the magickal mysteries.”

Light the green candle in the cauldron:
“Green is for the newborn Lord of the Forests,
the Divine Sun Child who comes once more into the world.
I welcome you, child and consort of the Goddess.”

Take the bell and go to the east. Ring bell once:
“Rejoice, O Powers of Air! Welcome the Divine Child.”

Go to south, ring bell once:
“Rejoice, O Powers of Fire! Welcome the Divine Child.”

Go to west, ring bell once:
“Rejoice, O Powers of Water! Welcome the Divine Child.”

Go to north, ring bell once:
“Rejoice, O Powers of Earth! Welcome the Divine Child.”

Go back to altar, face east, ring bell three times:
“Hail, O God of the woodlands and new life!
I give you honor and ask your blessing.”

Stand in silence to receive the blessing, ring bell three times:
“Hail, Triple Goddess, bringer of light out of darkness
and new life out of the cauldron of rebirth.
I give you honor and ask your blessing.”

Again stand in silence to receive the blessing. Place the wine chalice on the chalice for a few seconds, lift it high and say:
“To the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.”

Drink the wine, saving some to be put outside for the little people or to be given to the earth.

Continue on with The Simple Feast and Circle Closing.