Yule is one of the simplest, yet most important Sabbats. It is essentially Wiccan Christmas. Fun fact, Christmas day is actually derived from Pagan tradition. Constatine, in order to keep the peace between Pagan’s and Christians, combined the holidays. Christmas would be around Yule, and Easter would be around Ostara or Beltane. Traditions were also derived from the Pagan’s. The Christmas tree, and the wreath, for example are Pagan traditions that the Christian’s adopted. This meeting was called the First Council of Nicaea, which took place on the first Easter (as we know it today). But more on that later.
Personally, I have never celebrated a Sabbat with others, because I have tried to keep my religious life separate from my social life. I have found out that one of my friends is also Wiccan. So, for Yule, I invited him over to celebrate with me. This is one of the best Sabbats to celebrate with others, as it celebrates the return of the God. So it is a very uplifting Sabbat.
This was also my first Yule that I have celebrated, so I would like to break it down for those who don’t know how to celebrate, or are just curious on how we had done it.
We setup our altar as we normally would, instead we combined aspects of each others altars’ and created one altar. We lit a fire as well as our candles, and recited the following when we lit the incense:
I sorrow not, though the world is wrapped in sleep
I sorrow not, though the icy winds blast
I sorrow not, though the snow falls hard and deep
I sorrow not; this soon shall soon be past.
Then when we lit the fire we recited this passage from my Book of Shadows:
I light this fire in your honour; Mother Goddess.
You have created life from death; warm from cold;
the sun lives once again;the time of light is waxing.
Welcome, ever returning God of the sun!
Hail mother of all!
We used a fire pot from Green Earth, because it is a smokeless flame, so it is safe to use indoors. I follow up with this saying that the fire is still hot, and can still spread if you are not careful. Please use indoor fire pots at your own discretion.
While walking around our altar we walked around with the fire pot chanting:
The wheel turns;the power burns
I must say, while walking around the altar, chanting with the fire pot, I could feel an incredible increase in energy in my apartment. it was quite exciting.
We welcomed the return of the God and gazed again upon our flame and recited:
Great God of the sun,
I welcome your return.
May you shine brightly upon the Goddess;
may you shine brightly upon the earth,
scattering seeds and fertilizing the land.
All blessings upon you,
reborn one of the sun!
We then worked some magic, and he also gave me a gift of two necklaces which I only take off to shower.
The one that is closer to my neck, is the God and Goddess symbol combined into one pendant. The other is the classic Pentagram with a Celtic knot tracing the one side, and on the flip side, is a fine that traces the outside.
On a personal note; this is one of the most, exciting Sabbats that I have yet to experience. The energy that came into the room was just absolutely incredible! I have not felt so much energy in my Wiccan journey yet, and I am hoping to continue to feel energy like this. Let’s say, I should have drawn a circle, because about halfway through our ritual, my son woke up and was extremely energetic. Words cannot even describe the things that I felt that night. We worked with a pendulum, which again, there was a lot of energy and when my friend asked a certain question, the pendulum went wild! I had never seen anything like it!
I hope you all enjoyed your own personal Yule, and if you would like to share what you did, please do so in the comments below. I am very curious as to others had celebrated as well.
Until next time, thank you for reading!