Yule Winter Solstice/Litha Summer Solstice

Its Christmas time and this is a time of caroling and gatherings. Some of the Deities we could call upon are Mother Berta, Santa Claus, the Kings of Holly and Oak are a few. Herbs are Chamomile or rosemary and stones related are Quartz, blue sunstone.

At the Winter Solstice we have reached the depth of darkness with the longest night of the year. Its a time the sun is reborn to warm the earth again.

So come join us tonight as we gather to celebrate!!!

Blessings,

Raven Spirit Walker

Image by Дарья Яковлева from Pixabay

Winter Solstice/Yule Summer/Solstice Litha

N.H. Yule/Winter Solstice &

S.H. Litha/Summer Solstice Sabbat

When:

Monday, December 21, 2020

Social Hour: 6:00 to 6:59 PM CST

Circle Cast at 7:00 PM CST

Where:

Heart’s Spirit Coven at the link below

http://www.chatzy.com/

 

Yule-Northern Hemisphere-Winter Solstice

 

~ 2 White Candles-any size-place on either end of altar

~ Red candle to represent the God-any size

~ Green Candle to represent the Goddess-any size

~ Paper & Pen to write wish on

~ Have wish ready to write on a small piece of paper

~Incense-your choice

~ Safe container for burning paper

If a candle is not available burn the following herbs:

~Bayberry or blessed thistle for the God

~Frankincense or Rosemary for the Goddess

Litha- Southern Hemisphere-Summer Solstice

 

~ 2 White Candles-any size-place on either end of altar

~ Red candle to represent the God-any size

~ Green Candle to represent the Goddess-any size

~ Paper & Pen to write wish on

~ Have wish ready to write on a small piece of paper

~Incense-your choice

~ Safe container for burning paper

If candle is not available burn the following herbs:

~Bayberry or blessed thistle for the God

~Frankincense or Rosemary for the Goddess

 

Ritual

 

This is the time for us to set our wishes/intentions for the upcoming year.

 

Yule-Northern Hemisphere-Winter Solstice

 

This celebration is of rebirth and the return of the sun. Renewing of the old. It’s the beginning of longer, brighter days. A time to celebrate knowing that spring and warmer days lie ahead. A return of light, hope, and promise.

Litha- Southern Hemisphere-Summer Solstice

 

Longest day of the year where life & light are abundant. The time in which the son God is the strongest. Time of celebration by burning the sun wheel with promises of fertility and prosperity for the coming year. Also, a celebration of the Goddess because she is with child reflecting nature’s growth and abundance.

Now let’s start our Yule/Litha ritual

Casting the circle:

To the Guardians of the East

“I call you into our watchtowers to protect and guide us”

To the Guardians of the South

“I call you into the watchtowers to protect and guide us”

To the Guardians of the West

“I call you into the watchtowers to protect and guide us”

To the Guardians of the North

“I call you into the watchtowers to protect and guide us”

I cast this circle by the power of three times three with assistance of the Great Mother and the Great God

I call upon the spirit guardians for protection, as above so below, May the power of the Great God and the Great Mother join us within our circle, to protect, to guide, and allow us to see beyond the veil.

Protect us Great Mother and Great God all of us that has gathered here and from afar. Allow no negative energy into our sacred space. We ask in perfect trust and love.

 

Greetings:

 

Merry meet brothers and sisters and honored guests.

Everyone: respond Merry Greet. Please tell us your first name and state or country you are from

Everyone light your 2 white candles

Invocations:

Yule-Northern Hemisphere-

Please light the Goddess candle (Green) using the white candles

All please say:

“I light this fire in your honor Ancient Mother Goddess, watching over life and death, the one who gives rebirth. We invite you Great Mother to our circle, bring us the promise of new light.”

We look at the Ancient Mother Gaia and Sky God. You are the source of all therefore without you nothing can be born.

I pray to you Great Ancient Mother and Father, be present within our circle with your valor, and grant me my wish.

Please light the God Candle (Red) using the white candles.

All please say…

“Ancient God of the sky. I welcome you. The wheel has turned; therefore, I welcome)

I pray to you Ancient God of the sky, be present here within our circle, with your valor, grant me my wish.

Litha-Southern Hemisphere

 

Please light the Goddess Candle (Green) using the white candles

All please say…

“Gaia, Mother Nature, Lady of the sky, bless this plentiful chamber, which I honor,”

 

Please light the God Candle (Red) using the white candles.

All please say…

“God of fertility Blessed God of the blessing sun, nurturer of life May you be blessed”

Main Working

Yule-Northern Hemisphere

Please write your wish at this time.

Please type DONE when you have finished.

All please say…

“Ruler of the Sun that rides the wind. The seeds prosper in the waiting earth allowing nature to balance as the dark winter shadows and reveals the wheel turning, as it unveils. The glory of life’s splendor through the serene silence.”

Great Goddess watcher of sacred enchantment reveals your plan to me and the wisdom within,

When you are finished now burn the paper with your wish in the safe container. During this time meditate for 1 minute on your wish. After the 1 minute, please say “Let me be dedicated to the God and Goddess in an honored way.”

 

 

Litha-Southern Hemisphere

 

Please write your wish Please type DONE when you are finished.

All please say…

All please say…

“Ruler of the Sun that rides the wind. The seeds prosper in the waiting earth allowing nature to balance as the dark winter shadows and reveals the wheel turning, as it unveils. The glory of life’s splendor through the serene silence.”

Great Goddess watcher of sacred enchantment reveals your plan to me and the wisdom within,

When you are finished now burn the paper with your wish in the safe container. During this time meditate for 1 minute on your wish. After the 1 minute, please say “Let me be dedicated to the God and Goddess in an honored way.”

Farewells

 

Please all say…

“Lady of the Earth, Mother Goddess, I thank you  for your presence and protection May tranquility merge between us forever! Farewell!

Spirits of our ancestors, I thank you for your presence and blessings May Tranquility merge between us forever. Farewell!

Spirits of our circle I thank you for your presence and blessings, May tranquility merge between us forever. Farewell!

Thank you, Sun God, ruler of warmth May we carry it with us throughout the coming year.

Thank you Lady of the Earth may your nurturing and wisdom live with us throughout the coming year.

So mote it be!

 

Closing;

Dismiss the circle

 

To the Guardians of the East:

I thank you and now dismiss you from our watchtowers and give gratitude for protecting us.

To the Guardians of the South:

I thank you and now dismiss you from our watchtowers and give gratitude for protecting us.

To the Guardians of the West:

I thank you and now dismiss you from our watchtowers and give gratitude for protecting us.

To the Guardians of the North:

I thank you and now dismiss you from our watchtowers and give gratitude for protecting us.

As you leave may the God and Goddess bless you with what you need and want. I bid you blessings and bliss Brothers and Sister of the Craft

Raven Spirit Walker

A Yule Drink and Litha Cake Combined Them for Brunch Solstice Feast – Flashback to 2012

I know I have been doing separate posts for Yule and Litha things but when I came across these two recipes, in Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2012, one for each season of the year the two hemispheres are going into, they sounded yummy to me to have together. I apologize in advance for not calculating from American measurements to other parts of Mother Earth. I just found this website https://www.europeancuisines.com/ while it says European Cuisines it covers other countries as well.

(SIDE NOTE if you do not have a Sun shaped disc to pour the batter in use cookie cutters for whatever shapes remind you of the Sun or use a knife to cut out a shape. Even a young maybe 3 or older this totally up to the child’s caregivers can cut out a design. Than either eat the scraps from the cut outs or put them outside for the wildlife in your area to celebrate the Solstice with your family. This is a good day to have breakfast for dinner/supper/tea or use as treated after your families Solstice ritual)

“Sun God Supreme

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 Tablespoons of melted butter or oil

1 egg

3/4 cup yogurt

Garnish with 3 cups cubed fruit, all colors

Sift dry ingredients together. Then separately whisk wet ingredients together. Combined wet and dry ingredients, mixing for no more then 20 strokes, one for each day in June (or December) until the Solstice. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes     while you prepare the fruit, set the table, and heat the frying pan lightly coated with oil or butter on a medium heat. (SIDE NOTE AGAIN Depending on the ages of the people attending your celebration feast designated cutting the fruit, setting and clearing the table, and doing dishes along with wiping the table and kitchen surfaces. If you allow a child of 3 to cut up their pancake with a plastic knife this can also be used to slice bananas or other soft fruit. This is a family celebration so let the family help with the work and as your homes Priestess you can relax and enjoy the feast and time together with a lot less stress) 

Pour batter into sun-shaped discs (or pour batter from a measuring cup with a lip to get lovely round pancakes.) cook until bubbles that have formed in the batter burst and make little dry craters. Flip one and briefly cook the other side. Serve on brighly colored plates surrounded by fruit of all colors, which represent the abundant growth and glory of the Earth Goddess. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and enjoy.

Pancakes combine the traditional foods of Litha — butter, milk, cakes, and honey — represent the Sun God at the height of his reign.

Copyright Dallas Jennifer Cobb page 77

Magical Mulled Cider

(SIDE NOTE This cider contains no alcohol so the whole family can enjoy it. If you want to spike it for the adults I have used dark rum measured to the adult who is drinking it taste. It is also good cooled to room temperature but I did not like the taste will chilled in the refrigerator)

1 quart (or 1 liter) apple cider

6 orange, sliced to look like the sun

12 whole cloves

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 cinnamon sticks

Honey to taste

Toast the return of the Sun God, and the holy rebirth, with this warming drink when you gather with friends and family on the longest night of the year, Best made over an open fire, but easily concocted on a stove indoors will warm the hearth, heart, and home. Sip this and know anything is possible.

In a large pot combine apple cider which represents the Sun God, cloves, nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Simmer for at least half an hour to make your house smell wonderfully festive, or longer for a stronger mulled taste. This simmering symbolically brings the God and Goddess together. and adds a little “spice” to the mix. Pour into a mug, carefully an orange slice into each cup. Add cinnamon stick and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Copyright by Dallas Jennifer Cobb page 129

 

Count Down to Litha – 2 Playlists of Pagan Music for Litha

This is a play list of 50 videos that include songs in different languages with English subtitles and some different ways of celebrating Litha found on youtube.com

50 Pagan Songs for Litha

This is a playlist of 63 pagan songs for celebrating Litha also found on youtube.com

63 Pagan Songs to Celebrate Litha

This is one of my favorite songs to listen to outside to drum and dance to

Dance, My Children Dance

 

Count Down to Yule – 2 Playlists of Pagan Yule Songs

This is one song off a Yule playlist with 50 songs by S J Tucker and other pagan soloists and groups on youtube.com

Play List of 50 Yule Pagan Songs

This is one song off a Yule playlist with 112 songs by Enya and other pagan soloists and groups on youtube.com. This play list includes instrumentals that could be played during your Yule ritual and/or celebration. Some of the songs include prayers and other things that could enhance your Yule.

Play List of 112 Pagan Yule Songs

 

N. H. Count Down to Yule

THE WICCAN CALENDAR: YULE (WINTER SOLSTICE)

When is Yule: December 20-23
Yule pronunciation: Yool
Themes: rebirth, quiet introspection, new year, hope, setting intentions, celebration of light
Also known as: Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Alban Arthuan, Saturnalia, Yuletide

In most traditions, Yule is the Sabbat that begins the Wiccan Year. This is the Winter Solstice—the shortest day and longest night we will experience in the Northern Hemisphere. Though it’s typically celebrated on December 21st, the exact moment of the Solstice varies from year to year due to a slight misalignment between the Gregorian calendar and the actual rate of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. It also occurs at differing local times, so that depending on where you live, it may fall the day before or the day after the date listed on any given calendar. For this reason, a date range of December 20-23 is often cited in sources on the Wheel of the Year.

To read the rest of this very informative article by one of my favorite authors Lisa Chamberlain of Wicca Living

You can find her books on Amazon.com. Click here for a list of Lisa’s books. If you have Kindle Unlimited most of Lisa’s books are free to read with it.

S. H. Countdown to Litha

THE WICCAN CALENDAR: LITHA (SUMMER SOLSTICE)

When is Litha: June 20-22
Litha pronunciation: LEE-tha
Themes: abundance, growth, masculine energy, love, magic
Also known as: Midsummer, Midsummer’s Eve, Gathering Day, St. John’s Day, St. John’s Eve, Summer Solstice, Alban Hefin, Feill-Sheathain

“Litha” is the name given to the Wiccan Sabbat celebrated at the Summer Solstice. This is the longest day and shortest night of the year, marking the pinnacle of the Sun’s power to fuel the growing season. From here on out, the Sun will set a little earlier each night until Yule, and so we recognize and give thanks for its warmth.

Though it’s typically celebrated on June 21st, the exact moment of the Summer Solstice varies from year to year. This is due to a slight misalignment between the Gregorian calendar and the actual rate of the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. The Solstice also occurs at differing local times, so depending on where you live, it may fall the day before or after the date listed on any given calendar. For this reason, a date range of June 20-22 is often cited in sources on the Wheel of the Year.

To read the rest of this very informative article by one of my favorite authors Lisa Chamberlain of Wicca Living

You can find her books on Amazon.com. Click here for a list of Lisa’s books. If you have Kindle Unlimited most of Lisa’s books are free to read with it.

 

N. H. Count Down to Yule – A Time to Sing

A song for the whole family

Jingle Bells, Cast Your Spells

N. H. Count Down to Yule – Printable Coloring Pages

This is one of the funest parts of me being the High Priestess. Yes I know funest is not really a word but I fun making words up sometimes, especially when I am letting my inner child take the lead for a post for little witches.

If you, your child or grandchild colors a printable that came from here or WitchesofTheCraft.com email it to me at covenlifescoven@gmail.com along with a name to give credit where credit is do and I’ll post it on Coven Life. Please email all pictures by December 20th. Thank you.

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S. H. Count to Litha – Printable Coloring Pages

For some reason this holiday is hard to find coloring pictures for. Remember if your child or grandchild would like to see their picture on Coven Life just email me the picture and a name say who did the great work. Please email pictures to me by December 20th.

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