Yule brings the longest night of the year and the rebirth of the Sun King. The energies of this Sabbat are very strong and very fertile in water and earth on December 21, Mars and Venus are united in Scorpio, and the Moon waxes full in her own sign, but then moves void-of-course. Celebrate the night before on Venus’s day and enjoy all the pleasures of the flesh. Use table-top balsam as your altar, and festoon it with glittery symbols of the elements and Lord and Lady. Anoint bayberry candles and burn them for prosperity and growth in the coming year. Make a sumptuous feast of comforting and magical foods. Smudge your altar with dried arbor vitae to waft your desires to the Goddess. Indulge your senses with the sights and smells of the season. Carve a Sun symbol on last year’s Yule log and burn it with chanting (bring…
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Litha or the Summer Solstice sabbat celebrates the Sun at the peak of its power. The Sun and solstice are about male energy; and because fixed water power dominates on June 21, Mars triumphant will lend its energy to “increasing” projects and any magic begun at this time, such as money or prosperity spells. The Sun is waxing, the Moon is waxing, MArs is potent, and the day belongs to a smiling Venus. This is a wonderful holiday for lovers and their fertility.
Begin your ritual at dawn. Use sunflowers to represent the Sun King, but for Aphrodite decorate your altar with red roses, rose water, strawberries and other aphrodisiacs. Burn dried clippings from you rose bushes for the cauldron fire. Spread rose butte on toast for cakes and ale, and sprinkle with fresh petals or rose scents sugar. To make rose butter, take a stick of butter and completely…
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