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Yule

Yule is the Norse-Teutonic Feast of the New Year and of the Ancestors. Like the Celtic Feast of Samhain, it is a time between the old and the new year. This feast was celebrated by the Celts in later times, however,    probably only because of Norse influence.

 

The celebration takes place over twelve or thirteen nights, beginning on the eve of the Winter Solstice. The eve of the Solstice is revered as the most spiritual and powerful of the thirteen nights. On this night Yule logs were burnt and watch kept. For on this night trolls, mound alfs and the dead were a common occurrence and would often come into human homes.

 

The last night of Yule was also an extremely important time. It is believed that what is spoken on this night, as well as, one’s actions on this eve would set the course of events for the new year to come.

 

To the Norse/Teutonic people this was the highest and most holy time of the year; a time of greatest power. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. When darkness reins with its highest  influence. Yule is a time for celebrating death and rebirth.

 

During Yule all worlds meet in Midgard or Middle Garth. The Gods, Goddesses and the dead can walk freely among the living. Yule is a time of great feasting and joy. For our Ancestors, the entire clan (living and dead) could gather as one at Yule. The Teutonic people believed that the living could also leave their bodies during Yule and join the Wild Hunt. Woden with his consort Holda lead the Wild Hunt at Yule.

 

Traditional customs of the season include: decorating evergreen trees,   caroling, Yule logs, mistletoe, holly, as well as, the giving of gifts.  Mound alfs are said to be especially fond of holly. Homes are often decorated with evergreens during Yule. The Yule log and evergreen trees stand as a  promise of living through the Winter and a reminder of the coming Spring. Fruit bearing trees are also important at this time. The ancients performed rituals to ensure a bountiful fruit harvest for the coming year. The apple and yew trees were especially symbolic of life through death.

 

For the modern Neo-Pagan Yule continues to be a time to celebrate the  rebirth of the sun, as we decorate our homes with greenery and lights, give gifts and enjoy a good bowl of wassail with family and friends.

 

Rituals

 

·           Yule 2003 (pdf)

·           Yule 2004 (pdf)

·           Yule 2005 (pdf)

·           Yule 2006 (pdf)

·           Yule 2007 (pdf)

·           Yule 2008 (pdf)

·           Yule 2009 (pdf)

·           Yule 2010 (pdf)

·           Yule 2011 (pdf)

 

WLG Yule Nemeton

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Carrion Mann Inviting Odin as the Key Deity

December 2007

Odin Presides over WLG Sumbel

Yule 2007

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