Mary and her Son. Although the Yule season marks the middle of winter, colder times were still to come. Celtic Deities With current trends toward the resurrection and reconstruction of the old religions, it would be possible to spend weeks writing about the various deities of each culture. Surviving in Ireland to this day the wren hunting is a pan-Celtic ritual that takes place on December 26. It’s origins are Celtic and quite humble. The Druids (Celtic priests) would cut the mistletoe that grew on the oak tree and give it as a blessing. State purpose: "Hail the Sun! Aug 15, 2017 - Explore Sacred Stones and Witches Bone's board "Celtic Festival (2) - Winter Solstice 20-22 December" on Pinterest. Music Enya - And Winter Came. The Eternal Flame. At Samhain the Goddess followed the God into the Underworld and the Earth began its long winter slumber. Origins of Celtic Christmas. The Pagan Federation, an umbrella group for Pagan organisations, describes Paganism as a spiritual nature-venerating belief system rooted in … At Winter Solstice, we call out with our innermost being for the return of the light, and we honour its return. If you have the structure of a ritual that you can offer for this page, please send it in. Celtic Yule Cakes 2-3 Tablespoons Boiling Water 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder 2 Cups Powdered Sugar 2/3 Cup White Sugar Grated Orange Zest 1 1/3 Cup Sultanas 1 Tablespoon Milk 1 1/4 Cup Flour 1/2 Cup Butter 2 Eggs (Beaten) Beat eggs, butter, vanilla, orange zest and sugar together. ), the Celtic New Year and the beginning of the long, dark half of the year, the entire village would extinguish their hearth fires and ceremonially relight them from the King's fire. Winter Solstice Rite : The Oak and Feather Grove Twelfth Night Ritual – also known as Wassail Eve Discover (and save!) The solstice is the twice yearly event when the sun appears to be at its highest or lowest point above the horizon. Today I welcome you back from the darkness!" Yule, or Winter Solstice traditions are many and generous, and are shared not only with Christianity with the birthday of the Christ Child, but with many pre-Christian Pagan traditions and indeed more recent ones. In the northern hemisphere the Winter solstice usually occurs annually between December 20 and December 23. Quote of the moment: "If it's not a personal question, are you a virgin?" Throughout history, the Yule log has come to mean different things to different organizations and religions. Add flour and baking powder. The custom of burning the Yule Log was performed to honor the Great Mother Goddess. When the days grew colder and the nights grew longer, people of ancient times would light candles and gather round fires to lure back the sun. It is based on the celebration of the solar and lunar periods included in the Wheel of the Year, which Wiccans celebrate by worshiping the corresponding gods. Preparation. Yule is a traditional holiday holding roots in various northern European traditions, particularly that of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples. In essence, Yule symbolizes the renewing cycles of life, as well as rebirth, rejuvenation, and growth. Wicca is a neopagan religious cult that combines some elements of Celtic paganism with the English Hermetic tradition to create magical and occultist practices, rituals and celebrations. It became a symbol of Christmas, morphed into a … Try a different devotional each day, for the 12 days of the Yule Sabbat, to give you food for thought during the holiday season—or simply incorporate the ones that resonate with you into your seasonal rituals. Aug 1, 2014 - This Pin was discovered by Danielle Goodwin. Fill the well, Light one of the three candles. Yet many of the holiday’s ritual are centered deep in old Irish and Celtic traditions. During the celebration of Samhain (Nov. The Yule Log pastry, often decorated with nuts, cream, or cheese (or all three) is also a symbol of the Yule fire, which before burning was inscribed with runes, and decorated with sprigs of other trees – particularly holly, which stayed green all year – another reminder of the coming of the light. Yule - Winter Solstice. )O - Monty Python This site has received hits since Aug 4, 2000 COPYLEFT: The entire content of all public pages in The Pagan Library (graphics, text and HTML) are free information, released under the terms of the GPL. The winter solstice, the darkest and longest night of the year, is a time of reflection.Why not take a moment to offer up a pagan prayer for Yule? Since this is primarily a Celtic web site, I will focus mainly on those of early Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Solitary Yule Ritual By Asiya. Yuletide Blessings. Consider, as you think… Holly sprig Mistletoe sprig Black votive candle Green candle White candle Gold candle Cauldron.