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!

The Roman Pantheon

So this week I thought it would be good to back to talking about Pantheons. So we are going to talk about the Roman Pantheon. It is similar to the greek pantheon and many ways which should hopefully help me in creating this post. I find these pantheon posts (other than greek) are the hardest to write about as I start out not knowing a lot about them.

The Gods

Jupiter: King of the gods. Brother to Neptune and Pluto. Son of Saturn. He is the God of the sky and thunder. He is the patron of Rome.

Neptune: Brother of Jupiter and Pluto. He is the God of the sea, earthquakes, hurricanes and horses. He is often seen with his trident.

Mars: He is the son of Juno. He is the god of war, guardian of agriculture, and embodiment of virility and aggression. He is the father of Romulus, the founder of Rome.

Apollo: He is the son of Jupiter and Latona. His twin is Diana. He is the god of music, healing, light, and truth.

Vulcan: God of fire, volcanoes, metal work, and forging. He makes weapons for the Gods.

Mercury: Son of Maia and Jupiter. He is the god of profit, trade, eloquence, communication, travel, trickery and thieves; guide of dead souls to the underworld

Pluto: Brother of Jupiter and Neptune. He is the god of the underworld. His symbols are the cap of invisibility, pomegranates, key, and sceptre.

The Goddesses

Juno: She is the queen of the Gods and the wife of Jupiter. She is the protector of Rome’s women. She is Rome’s matron.

Minerva: She was born from the head of Jupiter after he impregnated Metis and ripped their daughter (Minerva) out of her womb and ate her. She is the goddess of wisdom, arts, trade, and strategy.

Venus: She is the mother of the Roman people. She is the Goddess of love, fertility, sex, desire, and prosperity. She is the matron of wine.

Diana: She is the daughter of Jupiter and Latona. She is the twin sister of Apollo. She is the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and birth.

Vesta: The sacred fire of the Vestal Virgins (all female and Rome’s only full-time priesthood). Goddess of the hearth, home, and family.

Ceres: She is the eternal mother.  She is the goddess of agriculture, grain, women, motherhood, and marriage. She is the lawgiver.

If you’d like any statues of the roman deities here are some links! Minerva statue, Mercury statue, and Venus statue. I hope you enjoyed todays post. If you have a roman god or goddess that I didn’t post about tell me about them in the comments and leave any other thoughts or questions there as well. Make sure you subscribe to my blog and my twitter to get notifications on when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.