Summer Solstice/Litha Winter Solstice/Yule

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 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

Today’s Witches Runes for April 24th is The Crossed Arrows


Today’s Witches Runes

The Crossed Arrows

(sometimes called War or the Crossed Spears, sometimes the Crossroads).

Two arrows, usually shown crossed, sometimes just in the air about to intersect. They are coloured bright red. The gender is male and the number four. Its simple answer is yes.

This rune corresponds to the Sabbat Litha, the summer solstice around 21st June (21st December), when pagans in the UK become more visible as they celebrate, gathering at ancient sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury to greet the sunrise on the longest day. Actually, contrary to popular belief, they are not celebrating the Sun’s rise, but thanking him for his sacrifice and the good fortune they hope to enjoy through the summer, acknowledging his selfless decline towards death. For pagans the real celebration is at Yule, when the sun rises again after the longest night, born to renewed life and strength as the Star Child or Child of Promise.

Meaning: this rune points to troubles ahead, illness, mechanical breakdown, quarrels and other misfortunes. It also carries the meaning that these are not insurmountable, but traditionally this has been a rune of ill omen. In versions where the Crossroads replaces the Arrows, the rune still has an ominous feel about it. Something is about to happen, something that will change your plans, cause you difficulties and force choices on you.

The astrological sign associated with this rune is Aries, and the planet Mars. Its deepest meaning is challenge.

Additional information about Today’s Witches Rune

Witchstones

Wendy Trevennor