Wheel of the Year: Yule

Hi everyone! Today we are going to talk about Yule since it is coming on Friday! So Yule is on the winter solstice which is December 21st. Some people celebrate it over a few days (Dec.21-Dec.23). It is the most North point on the wheel of the year. It is the darkest day of the year and represents the brightening of the days to come. Today we are celebrating the goddess giving birth to the sun god again.

On this day there are lots of ways to celebrate. A lot of these celebrations are very similar to those of Christmas. If you want to know why I suggest you check out my blog post about the history of yule. So some things you can do is burn the yule log to increase the light of the season; put up mistletoe; have holly and evergreen decorations to symbolize the promise of the return of life and springtime; and put up a yule tree with silver and white decorations to represent the goddess and god, or red and gold to symbolize the sun god specifically. You can also do gift giving and other traditional holiday fun.

Don’t forget, along with all these seasonal activities you can still go for a nature walk to see what is happening in the world, do a ritual for the deities around yule and winter, do some divination, or do some magick.

Some gods you can celebrate on Yule are: Baldur (Norse), Dionysus (Greek), Hodr (Norse), Holly king (Celtic), Horus (Egyptian), Mithras (Roman), Odin (Norse), Saturn (Roman), and Apollo (Greek).

Some goddesses you can celebrate on Yule are: Alcyone (Greek), Ameratasu (Japanese), Bona Dea (Roman), Cailleach Bheur (Celtic), Demeter (Greek), Frau Holle (Norse), Frigga (Norse), La Betana (Italian), and Spider Woman (Hopi).

I hope you all have a very blessed Yule! What are your plans for the sabbat? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Also, make sure to follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

Wheel of the Year: Samhain

Hi everyone! Happy Samhain, or Halloween if you will. Samhain is the minor sabbat that occurs between Mabon (fall equinox) and Yule (winter solstice). It falls on October 31st every year. Even though this sabbat is considered to be a minor one it is actually one of the most celebrated sabbats. We are half way to reaching the darkest day of the year since it was last balanced.

Samhain marks the day that the sun god passes on and goes to the underworld. This causes the veil to the spiritual world to be at it’s thinnest. Due to it being so thin spirits can easily travel to and from their realm and ours. This means we can communicate with them much easier. The goddess also transforms to her crone form on this day and spends the next couple months grieving the loss of her partner.

Since the veil is so thin this is a time we use to reconnect with our ancestors. We invite our ancestors to our home by leaving candles (or pictures of these loved ones) in our windows. We also sometimes have a feast of the dead. This is essentially when we set up an extra place at our table and leave a meal for our ancestors. Ways we may contact our loved ones is through divination (tarot cards, pendulums, scrying, etc) or through a Ouija board (not sure if I recommend this one though, at least not for beginners in necromancy).

After Samhain we look forward to Yule which is when the God is born again and spring is on the horizon.

To celebrate this day you can carve pumpkins (used to protect your home from any extra negative energies lurking around), go trick or treating/dress up (Christian’s used to dress up to disguise themselves from demons and monsters), divination (since the veil is thin messages will come through your cards easier and clearer), witchcraft (since the veil in thin there will be an abundance of energy to do you magick with), go for a walk to see how the seasons are changing, and as always do a ritual to honour your deities.

Some gods you can celebrate during this time are: Anubis (Egyptian), Osiris (Egyptian), Yama (Hindu), and Hades (Greek)

Some goddesses you can celebrate during this time are: Morrigan (Celtic), Hel (Norse), Freya (Norse), Demeter (Greek), Hecate (Greek)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a great Samhain. If you’d like to hear about Samhain instead of reading about it make sure you check my youtube channel¬†¬†tomorrow! Also, make sure you follow me on here and on twitter to make sure you get notifications when I post. Until next time Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

The Norse Pantheon

It’s that time of the month again. Time to learn about another Pantheon! I’m pretty excited to do this one because I think Norse culture in itself is pretty cool, so I’m looking forward to learning it’s mythologies. As always, if you think I missed an important god or goddess and would like me to add them to the list always feel free to let me know.

Goddesses

Frigg: Frigg is the queen the Gods and Goddess and she is also the Goddess of the sky. She is the wife of Odin so she is also the goddess of fertility, household, motherhood, marriage, and domestic matters.

Hel: Hel is the goddess of the netherworld. She was decide the fate of all the souls who entered her realm. When she is in her own realm she is thought to be more powerful than Odin himself.

Freya: She is thought to be the goddess of love, fertility, beauty, and fine material possessions. She is the archetype of volva, a practitioner of seidr (the most organized form of norse magic). She is also the ruler of the afterlife realm folkvang.

Gods

Odin: He is the king of the Gods and the husband of Frigg. He is the god of wisdom, healing, sorcery, frenzy, and royalty to death. Thought to be one of the most revered Gods.

Thor: He was the loyal defender of Asgard and was considered to be the protector of the ordered cosmos. He was the god of agriculture, fertility, sky, rain, and hallowing.

Loki: He is the trickster of the Norse gods who could change his shape and sex. He is considered to be the god of fire. He had a huge part in Balder’s death and was bound to a rock as punishment.

Balder: He is the god of light and purity. He was thought to be extremely handsome. He was killed when Loki gave Balder’s twin brother (who was blind) a dart made of mistletoe. Balder’s brother threw the dart at him (apparently they used to do that as joke) and hit Balder in the heart with it (mistletoe was deadly to Balder).

Do you follow the Norse Pantheon? If so, who do you worship? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter to get notifications when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be!