The Sabbat of Yule: The Re-birth of a God

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Wiccan High Priestess shares the spiritual significance of Yule in her tradition. Along with highlights of the history surrounding various cultural beliefs and celebrations on or around the winter solstice.

Our God of the Sun, Now Re-birthed From the Depths of the Void of Death and the Ultimate Creative Potential

As the wheel turns through the dark half of the year, we approach the winter solstice. An auspicious energy shrouded as the darkest day of the year, gives way to the peak of our Mother’s birthing pains as she delivers her Star Child. Over the horizon, our God of the sun, now re-birthed from the depths of the void of death and the ultimate creative potential.

As the Goddess rests in recovery of her journey through motherhood, she prepares in darkness to revisit her role as Maiden at the coming spark of spring. In spiritual energy, this darkness upon our land still belongs in many respects, to the Crone. She has relinquished her hold on the sun God as partner in the Summerland, but is soon to gain back the visage of self that acts as mother, until the gates of fertility magic open once more at Beltane.

Folks Prepared the Sacred Yule Log, Cut From Ash

It was the ancient Germanic people that heralded in the dawn of the sun’s re-birth, atop the hills, bonfires lit, awaiting the days twilight with ceremony and celebration. Thus beginning approx. twelve days of cheer, feasting and good will among all, ending with the feast of Freya on January 1st. Toasts to the Gods, especially Odin- King of the Gods, were shared. Ritual slaughter was conducted; blessed food to keep the celebrants fed over the course of the Yuletide season. Folks prepared the sacred Yule log cut from Ash, the same wood as Yggdrasil ‘The World Tree’ or Tree of Life. Dressed with sprigs of green, doused with ale or cider and flour for blessings of light, life and triumph. Lit with a piece of the log from the year before. It would burn and smolder-warming families hearths.

Mistletoe Was Harvested Off of Oak, With a Golden Sickle by Druid Priests

The ancient Druidic Celts celebrated Alban Arthuan (the light of Arthur) on the solstice. In honor of the sun and in commemoration of Arthur; king of legends, day of birth. Among the traditions, Evergreens were decorated with offerings for the Gods and ancestors. Mistletoe was harvested off of Oak, with a golden sickle by Druid Priests on day five, after the new moon following the winter solstice. These plants were offered to folk as a gesture of goodwill and blessing as the mistletoe was believed to be especially powerful plant for healing, protection and fertility.

The winter solstice held significance to the ancient Egyptians as the feast of Aset (Isis). As well as December 25th being the birth of their son Heru (Horus).

Encircling Our Gratitude With a Sense of Conscious Giving

As we journey through the season of darkness, we light our homes with radiant colors, lit hearths roaring for comfort, while dressing trees of green and feasts being shared and gifts given. Amongst this, let us remember the Pagan significance of the Yuletide season, as giving our thanks for the promise of our suns slow return to strength and our Goddess’ Earthen bounty to again, be manifested.

By encircling our gratitude with a sense of conscious giving, to self, family and community, it serves as a reminder that even amongst the stark reminder of life and bounty amongst the cold, there lives perhaps the greatest light for illuminating the darkness on hope.… one of the heart. For it is here, metaphorically that we too can celebrate the resurrection of light seen in the sun’s power. If needs be, our own sense of rest and renewal can lead us to grow and give throughout the wheel of our year.




Solstice Blessings of Bounty and Joy

H.P. Chrystal Raven Rowanwood




Copyright: 2015, author: Chrystal Raven Rowanwood

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Celebration, Christmas, God, Goddess, Pagan Holidays, Pagan Traditions, Paganism, Sabbats, Wicca, Winter, Winter Solstice

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author avatar Chrystal J
Mama to three, and Wiccan High Priestess. I write partially for a living and for fun. Short, descriptive verse, children's stories and spiritual non-fiction are my writing focuses.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
21st Dec 2015 (#)

In that case, Planet Earth concludes life in totality as the Sun disappears from lifeform in reality into darkness that has been summoned upon by vicious adulation of the dark side to thwart life of Earth in general using darkness as the real reason for worship.

I remain on the South side where life is with brightness and light of gold that deflects the negation of the European darkness that concludes life for the sake of killing all that there is using coldness.
Now, none see without the sun spring will never come in under the white carpet of frost to recreate life that is needed to bring in the warmth of abundance. Its a choice as with paganism of life that destroys life being just like Hitler did back in the day. Will take that as the will of Satan/Lucifer to evoke the dark side of life. And I prefer my Sol Invictus which is a Roman festival celebrating the birth of it on the 25th of December each year.
I am not into this facetious life seen around by maids and damsels trying their stray tactics of pagan worship spells. I worship life not colour of day and night.

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author avatar Chrystal J
23rd Dec 2015 (#)

Lady Arianna,
I really think you side-stepped the point of my article and the metaphor contained within. Yule is the celebration of the beginning of the lights return, not the celebration of darkness itself. Not that celebrating darkness doesn't happen where appropriate, from the idea that its the Yin to lights Yang.
Nor was the winter solstice only celebrated by European peoples.

Sol Invictus! You know it was a Pagan celebration as well, right?
The Romans also celebrated Saturnalia in the month of December, which was full of drunken debauchery and human sacrifice.... not saying it didn't have its place in their culture back then, but for someone who speaks so righteously, you should educate yourself further on the exploits of the Roman Empire..... really not all that different than the exploits, beliefs and passions of cultures world-round at some point or another.

That being said, not that I mind someone posting a reply in disagreement or constructive criticism to my content, but you sound like you already had your mind made up about what it is you think I do, and have since begun a healthy journey of trolling my posts.
Too bad for you.

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