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I am sixth generation Native Blackfoot and Scottish Celt. My Grandmother was one of my mentors her being a shaman, and my other mentor was my Druid Celtic Aunt. I was raised pagan and my education started at the age
of seven and formally after my first moon lodge ritual at 12. I am also trained as a voodoo priestess.
I am a retired MSW, Psychotherapist/Hypnotherapist, and a Dr of Ministries. I provide individual and family counseling.

LOP December Newsletter Part 2

How to Hold
a Family Yule Log Ceremony

If your family enjoys ritual, you can welcome back the sun at Yule with this simple winter ceremony. The first thing you'll need is a Yule Log. If you make it a week or two in advance, you can enjoy it as a centerpiece prior to burning it in the ceremony. You'll also need a fire, so if you can do this ritual outside, that's even better. As the Yule Log burns, all members of the family should surround it, forming a circle.

 
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varied

What You Need

A Yule Log
Family and friends to share the ceremony

Here's How:
1. If you normally cast a circle, do so at this time.
 
2. This first section is for the adults – if there is more than one grownup, they can take turns saying the lines, or say them together:

The Wheel has turned once more, and
the earth has gone to sleep.
The leaves are gone, the crops have returned to the ground.
On this darkest of nights, we celebrate the light.
Tomorrow, the sun will return,
its journey continuing as it always does.
Welcome back, warmth.
Welcome back, light.
Welcome back, life.
3. The entire group now moves deosil – clockwise, or sunwise – around the fire. When each member has returned to his or her original position, it is time for the children to add their part. This section can be divided amongst the children, so that each gets a chance to speak.
 
Shadows go away, darkness is no more,
as the light of the sun comes back to us.
Warm the earth.
Warm the ground.
Warm the sky.
Warm our hearts.
Welcome back, sun.
4. Finally, each member of the group should take a moment to tell the others one thing that they are thankful for about their family – things like “I am happy that Mom cooks us such wonderful food,” or “I’m proud of Alex because he helps people who need it.”
 
5. When everyone has had a chance to speak, walk sunwise once more around the fire, and end the rite. If possible, save a bit of this year's Yule log to add to the fire for next year's ceremony.

Yule & Winter Solstice Craft Ideas
Winter Ice Light Catchers

(From: http://daringbakerduluth.blogspot.ca/2013/02/winter-ice-light-catchers.html)

This project is one of the few things I look forward to when it's bitterly cold outside.  Next to fresh baked food and snuggles.  Gather the kids or friends, bundle up and head outside to find natural objects to freeze in ice, and you're already half finished with this super easy winter project! 
 
All you need is a few household items, fruits (cranberries, oranges, apples, berries) and seeds (bird seeds), found objects from nature (birch bark, cedar branches) and water.
 
Instructions
For easy removal of your ice block, cover the inside of a pie tin with plastic wrap before you begin (otherwise you may run the tin under hot water for a few seconds and the ice block will pop out).  Place your nature items in the tin and fill it gently with water about one inch deep.  Set a length of twine into the water so you can hang your light catcher from the trees.  Clip your twine to the edge of the tin using a clothespin or similar tool so the spot where the  twine emerges from the water is on the very edge of the circle.  When you add the water, many of your objects will float and you may need to do a little rearranging.  Put your tin outside or in the freezer on a level surface and it's ready to remove from the tin and hang as soon as it's frozen!
 
This project is really fun for kids.  It's perfect for the little ones since it takes only a few minutes to complete and when it's done the kids can watch the birds and squirrels enjoy their work.  Enjoy your snowy winter days!

Orange Bird Feeder

Here are a few wonderful ideas to do with children during the Winter Solstice.
 
Craft
Create some classic medallion snowflakes from different colours of papers. Instead of using plain white paper, why not try some silvery metalics or glossy golds?
 
Nature
Create an Orange Bird Feeder. Slice an orange in half then scoop out the inside. Make two holes in each side of the orange to hang a string. Using a natural fibre such as cotton or hemp, loop the string through making sure you leave enough slack so the bird feeder will hang from a tree without getting caught. In a separate bowl mix birdseed with either peanut butter or lard. Combine well then scoop the birdseed mixture into each of the orange halves. Press the mixture firmly in. Your new biodegradable birdfeeders are ready to hang?

Another method is to coat an empty toilet paper roll with peanut butter or lard then roll it in birdseed. The roll can then be slid onto a bare branch.
 
Read
Reading stories out loud is always a pleasant and heart-warming activity to do with friends, especially around special celebrations like Solstice.
 
Move
What better way to bring in the day with the least amount of light than a fun Winter Solstice yoga story time to get our bodies moving? This yoga session for children tells the story of a raven bringing light.
 
Meditate
Find some short Winter Solstice poems appropriate for children. They should be long enough to have meaning yet short enough to keep a child’s attention. All we want to do is provoke thought and questions. Plant any seed to ignite further learning. Poems are a great way to achieve this goal.
 

The Skinny Witch:
Winter Solstice & Yule Recipes

Wassailing

 

Wassailing means "to wish health to" one's apple trees, in the hope that they will bear well. In addition, drums, bells, whistles etc. were used either to scare off evil spirits, or to wake the tree up; a libation of cider or ale was poured over the roots, and bread that had soaked in the 'wassailing' bowl was placed in the branches - an offering back to the tree.

 

Recipe for Wassail

2 cups cranberry juice

1/4 cup grenadine

1 cup orange juice

1/4 cup rum (optional)

 

Buttermilk Bread Charm for Yule

Ingredients

3 cups of white flour
2 cups of Buttermilk
I teaspoonful of baking soda
Yule ribbon in red & green or gold
4 tsp. of honey
3 tsp. of golden syrup
4 tsp. of mixed peel
3/4 cup of mixed dried fruit
3 pieces of ginger, roughly chopped (the type you get in syrup)
Chopped walnuts and rich brown sugar for sprinkling

Place the flours in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Sieve in the blended salt and soda and pour in the buttermilk. Mix well all the remaining ingredients with a wooden spoon until the dough feels springy. You can add some of the preserved ginger syrup for extra stickiness and zing) If it feels too sloppy just add a little more flour. Turn it onto a board and cover with a fine dusting of flour. Pat it with your hands until you have a round shape. Take a sharp knife and score lightly into eight sections, one for each festival. Brush with milk and sprinkle with nuts and sugar.

Place onto a greased baking tray and pop your buttermilk bread into a moderate oven for about 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on it. When the bread is ready it will change colour and it will sound hollow when you tap the bottom. Cool completely on a wire rack. When it is cool, tie it with Yule ribbon.

Take time to concentrate on the bread you have created and turn the loaf three times saying “From the fields and through the stones, into fire, Yule Bread, as the Wheel turns may all be fed. Goddess Bless.”

Now take your bread and share it with your family and friends and pass on the generous blessings of this festival of Rebirth! Eat it fresh, as soon as it is made if you can.

Winter Solstice Brew

Winter Solstice Brew (Makes 4 Cups)


Ingredients
4 cups brandy
2 star anise
1 (8-inch) piece cinnamon stick
1 (8-inch) piece vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise
4 small sweet navel oranges, scrubbed, dried, and chopped into 4 to 6 pieces
24 black peppercorns

Combine all the ingredients in a clean, odor free wide-mouthed glass jar (all the better if you have a wonderful old canning jar).  Label the jar, cap it tightly and store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking daily.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer or coffee filter.  Return the infusion to it’s jar, recap it, put it back in a cool, dark place, and let it continue to mellow for 3 more weeks.

Refrigerate or store in a cool dark pantry almost indefinitely!

Wolf's Pumpkin Soup

Prep time:  30 mins
Cook time:  60 mins
 
Serves: 4-8
 
My inspiration for this soup came from my grams celebrating the pagan Samhain Sabbat using all the lovely pumpkins of the season after the rituals, and she served the soup in hollowed out pumpkins festive autumn meal.
Ingredients
Pumpkin Tureens

4-8 small pumpkins
2-4 tsp sugar
2-4 tsp salt

Pumpkin Soup

2 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 (15 oz.) cans of pumpkin puree or (4 cups) of homemade puree, my personal preference.
1 (12 oz.) can of evaporated milk
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
1 & 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. coarse black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried sage leaves
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp. red pepper
1/2 tsp. marjorium
1 Tbsp. fine chopped fresh basil
1 Tbsp. fine chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp. EVOO
3 strips of bacon cooked and fine chopped for garnish
1 Tbsp of the bacon grease
Roasted pumpkin seeds for garnish

 
To Make Pumpkin Tureens
 

Slice the tops off of the pumpkins you would like to use as bowls. The size of the pumpkins will vary depending on whether you will be serving the soup as an appetizer or a main course.
Scoop out the flesh and seeds of the pumpkins.
Reserve the seeds to toast as a garnish or as a snack.
Sprinkle ½ tsp salt and sugar on the inside flesh of each pumpkin.
Place the pumpkins and top lids flesh down on a baking sheet and bake them at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until tender. The cook time will vary depending on the size of the pumpkins. (You will not cook them as long as you would cook a pumpkin to eat because you want them to keep their shape as a bowl.)

 
Instructions for Pumpkin Soup

Cook bacon and set aside to cool to be chopped into pits for garnish.
Add the pumpkin/squash purée and 2 cups of chicken broth.
Add all the herbs and evoo & bacon grease.
Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes.
Then purée it in a blender until smooth.
Return the pumpkin/squash mixture to the pan.
Add 1 cup chicken broth, salt, black pepper and curry powder (if desired).
Add additional chicken broth if you want a thinner soup.
Heat the soup through and serve it in warmed bowls or pumpkin tureens.
Garnish the soup with roasted pumpkin seeds & back bits, croutons or chopped cilantro.
TIP: The soup will thicken as it cools so you may need to add more chicken broth to thin the soup if you make the soup in advance or eat leftovers the following day.

Enjoy!
~Elder Airwolf~

Yule/Winter Solstice Ritual
for the Solitary Witch

Yule Correspondences

Time of Day

Midnight, Nighttime, Dawn

Time of Life

Old Age, 70's-90's, Crone, Senior, Birth, 0-2 Years

Elemental Forces 
Earth, Snow, Fire, Tree

Decorations

Holly, Mistletoe, Colored Lights, Candles, Decorated Tree, Ornaments, Nativity Scenes, Boughs, Wreaths, Bells

Customs 
Caroling, Feasting, Nativity Plays, Sending Christmas Cards, Santa Claus, Gift Giving, Burning the Yule Log, Decorating a Christmas Tree, Ringing Bells

Fruits

Fruit Cakes, Nuts, Apples, Squash

Herbs

Rosemary, Frankincense, Bayberry, Mistletoe, Myrrh

Tools

Candles, Spinning Wheels, Saw, Axe

Goddesses

Bona Dea, Demeter, Ops, Brigid, Ameratasu, Beira (Queen of Winter), Frau Holle, Sarasvati, Lucia

Gods

Saturn, Kronos, Sol Invicta, Baby Mithras, Oak King, Jupiter, Baby Jesus Christ, Dagda, Baldur, Dionysus
Nature Spirits Santa Claus, Elves, Father Time, Green Man, Gnomes, Trolls  

Themes

Rebirth, Nativity, Birth, Generosity, Friendship

Farming Activities

Slaughtering Animals, Chopping Firewood, Indoor Crafts

Colors

pine green, snow white, heart red, gold

Sacred Circle (Valley Spirit)

North Pole, Green, Earth

WINTER SOLSTICE

The night of the Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. Now darkness triumphs; and yet, gives way and changes into light. The breath of nature is suspended. All wait while within the cauldron, the Dark King is transformed into the infant light. We watch for the coming dawn, when the Great Mother gives birth to the divine Child Sun, who is the promise of the summer. We call the Sun from the womb of the night. Our Blessed Lady carries in her young womb - the womb which has birthed all things into being. Our Lady turns the wheel once more. Since it is a solar festival, it is celebrated by fire and the use of the Yule log. It is a time to let go of all fears, all doubts, all outworn ideas, all projects finished - anything in our lives that holds us away from the new beginnings that will lead to new growth. It is a time to let go of the past and walk toward the light. Some witches light a gold candle in the cauldron and jump the cauldron of rebirth making a wish for her to be a better person in the coming year. On this longest night, we renew and rebirth our bodies and spirit self. This is when we plant our seeds of change, whether it be truth, love, friendship, etc.

Ritual

Statement of Intent:
"Since the beginning of time witches have gathered in this season to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun.
On the Winter Solstice - the darkest of nights the Goddess becomes the Great Mother and once again gives birth to the Sun beginning the yearly cycle anew, bringing new light and hope to all the World.

On the longest night of winter flares the spark of hope, the Sacred Fire, the Light of the World,
I am present here to welcome the new light. As I join the Goddess in greeting the new Sun I also welcome the new light within myself."

Calling the Quarters:

Hail guardians of the east,
spirits of Air, powers of Thought
I call you to lend your essence
to this rite and protect me from
all negativity from the east.

Hail guardians of the south,
spirits of Fire, powers of Will
I call you to lend your essence to this rite
and protect me from
all negativity from the south.

Hail guardians of the west,
spirits of Water, powers of Emotion
I call you to lend your essence to this rite
and protect me from
all negativity from the west.

Hail guardians of the north,
spirits of Earth, powers of Stability
I call you to lend your essence to this rite
and protect me from
all negativity from the north.

Casting the Circle:

I conjure ye O Circle of Light to be a temple between the worlds
In the name of the Silver Lady and the Golden Lord.
Wherefore do I bless and consecrate thee, So Mote It Be."

Invocation:

Lady, you who are the beauty of the snowy earth
and the white moon among the stars
the mystery of the waters
the desire in the heart of humanity
We invite to you to come to this place and attend this rite,
for you are the soul of nature that gives life to the 
universe.

Lord, You who are the freedom of the wild things
the bright sun that lights the day
the mystery of the forest
The resolve in the heart of humanity
We invite you to come here to this place and attend this rite,
for you are the body of nature who gives life to the 
universe.

Meditation:

The old solar year has run its course and completed its cycle. So too have some of our habits or traits completed their cycles and outlived their usefulness. This is a time for shedding that which is no longer needed.

(Take a few moments now to consider which things you would leave behind as you go into the coming year.)    (pause to meditate)

As the old year dies away so to will these old ways will fade into memory.

In the beginning we came from the darkness of the womb.
There we were created, nourished
and prepared for our birth into the light.
Within us, we still carry that fertile darkness.
There we hold the seeds of hopes and dreams to come.
There we nourish are hopes for love, joy and peace for all.
We shield these tender roots
until they are strong enough to come forth and flourish in the 
light.

(Spend a little time now tending these creations to come. Name them, nurture them for they will grow with you and bloom in the coming year.)  (pause to reflect)

As the sun strengthens above, so will my new ways grow.

Reading:

I light this candle for the infant Solstice Sun
One small flame to pierce the darkness
A ray of hope
A symbol of the Light within me
Light that can never be extinguished
Light that will grow in glory
Waxing strong, despite the cold to come
Light that dispels despair and resignation
Giving us a glimpse of golden days ahead"

"Behold the light that can never die
Reborn anew in the Solstice Sky!

Before the Chant:

(While chanting, think of those who you would send positive energy to: 
Loved ones perhaps, those in need of healing or added strength. Perhaps people who's names you do not know, who are living with war or hunger. You may wish to focus on that which important to you, your values, Perhaps the earth itself, or the animals who share it with us  Whatever it is you wish to send your healing energy to. As we chant we will build the our energy with the turning of the wheel. As you chant 
feel the energy of change resonate within you. When you stop the chant, visualize the positive energy bursting forth, like the sun coming out from behind a thick cloud, and imagine strong rays of streaking out, empowering your wishes, and carrying your healing thoughts to their targets."

The Chant:

"Hoof and horn, hoof and horn
All that dies will be reborn
Corn and grain, corn and grain
All that falls will rise again."

Blessing of Cakes and Wine:

"This food and wine is the blessing
of the Goddess and God to our bodies.
I will partake in it freely.
And remember to share
what I have with those who have nothing."

Releasing:
Thank you, Goddess of the Moon
for attending these rites in your honor,
and for sharing with me your gifts of compassion and wit.
Hail, and farewell.

Thank you, God of the Sun
for attending these rites in your honor,
and for sharing with me your gifts of freedom and 
rejuvenation.
Hail, and farewell.

Guardians of the north,
I thank you for your presence here
and for your gift of stability. Hail and farewell.

Guardians of the west,
I thank you for your presence here
and for your gift of empathy. Hail and farewell.

Guardians of the south,
I thank you for your presence here
and for your gift of purity. Hail and farewell.

Guardians of the east,
I thank you for your presence here
and for your gift of clarity. Hail and farewell.

The circle is open, yet never broken, merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again."

Blessed Yule Everybody!

Copyright Elder Airwolf, Founder/Owner: Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry & Institution of Magick, 16.12.2013              

Mistletoe Divination Spell

This is an old old spell - and posted here for educational and informational purposes only. Mistletoe berries are poisonous. This is the reason there will be dreams - some of them bad - some of them possibly fatal - so do not make or ingest this mixture!

Steep mistletoe berries, to the number of nine, in a mixture of ale, wine, vinegar and honey; take them on going to bed, and you will dream of your future lot. A storm in this dream is very bad; it is most likely you will then marry a sailor, who will suffer shipwreck at sea; but to see either sun, moon or stars is an excellent presage; so are flowers; but a coffin is an index of a disappointment in love.

Found in: Encyclopaedia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World

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Legion of Pagans
December/Yule 2015 Newsletter

What's Inside?
Monthly Features for DECEMBER
Lore of the Moon of the Month
Monthly Correspondences

Faery of the Month

Lore on the Tree of the Month
Yule/Winter Solstice Ritual for the Solitary Witch
Recipes from the Skinny Witch

Craft Ideas

Monthly Spell: Mistletoe Divination Spell
Other Notable Days

 

FEATURED ARTICLES
Origin of the Christmas Tree
Krampusnacht: Night of Krampus
Twelve Days of Christmas/Twelve Days of Yule
Pagan Parenting: The Story of Yule

How to Hold a Family Yule Log Ceremony

 
Correspondences for December & Yule

Elements for The Month of December


Zodiac:         
Capricorn, Saggitarius

Planet:
Saturn

Element:
Fire

Goddesses:
Aphrodite, Fortuna, Gaia, Hel, Frau Holle, Ishtar, Isis, Arianrhod, Ceres, Cerridwen, Demeter, Freya, Gaia, Juno, Morrigan, Nephthys

Gods:         
Apollo, Attis, Balder, Dionysus, the Green Man, Cernunnos, Lugh, Odin, Ra, Osiris, Saturn

Tarot:
The Wheel

Animals:
Bear, Boar, Squirrel, Stag, Sow, Tiger

In the Sky:   
Eagle, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Owl, Robin, Snow Goose, Wren

Metals:
Gold, Silver

Colors:
Gold, Green, Red, Silver, White

Symbols:
Wreath, Bells, Sleigh, Candles, Reindeer, Yule Log, Yule Tree, Ornaments, Snowflakes

Foods: 
Cinnamon bread, Challah, Bubble Bread, Gingerbread, Wassail, Egg Nog, Mulled Cider or Wine, Hot Cocoa

Herbs:          
Sun plants like mistletoe, balsam, and fir, and also any dried herbs from Summer, are predominant this time of year because they contain light and warmth. On Yule, when witches decorate their houses, they do so from the doorway inward, this inviting the light inside. We adorn doorways and mantles with evergreen boughs, bunches of dried summer herbs and Witches cords in reds, blacks, greens, and golds. Our ancient ancestors brought an evergreen tree inside to mystically ensure there would be light all year round. The evergreen retains sunlight, staying green all year, and reminds us that life is forever present and renewable. Other Yule herbs, plants, flowers and seeds, holly, mistletoe, pine cones, pine needles, oak leaves, Yule log ashes, fir, birch, hazel bark, sandalwood, ivy, comfrey, elder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, chamomile, sunflower, frankincense, myrrh, wintergreen, apple leaf, dried apple
Incense:        
Bayberry, Pine, Spruce, Pine, Spice, Cedar, Cinnamon

Tree:              
Apple, Birch, Cedar, Chestnut, Fir, Holly, Juniper, Oak, Pine, Yew

Flower:
Poinsettia, Narcissus, Cyclamen

Stones:         
Clear Quartz, Jet, Ruby, Diamond, Garnet, Alexandrite, Kunzite, Citrine, Green Tourmaline, Blue Topaz, Pearls, Ruby, Bloodstone, Emerald

Magickal Work: 
Spells for goal setting, wisdom, clarity, guidance, strength, energy, abundance & prosperity

Notable Days:

Dec. 20 to Dec. 23. During the 1st 3 days - The virgin Maiden Goddess is honored as your guide for moving forward into the new year, to set you on the right and positive path.
Dec. 23 to Dec. 26. The 2nd set of 3 days - The Mother Goddess is honored for fertility and all your coming endeavors.
Dec. 26 to Dec 29. The 3rd set of 3 days - These 3 days are set aside for the rebirth of the God, and honoring his guidance through the physical world.
Dec. 29 to Jan. 1. - The last 3 days are set aside for the Old Crone Goddess who is honored for wisdom and as your teacher into the cosmic lessons of life and spirit. In modern times, under the solar calendar, she might also be honored as the waning year giving way to the new year.

Moon Names for The Month of December


Cold Moon: The symbolic full moon name for December. Also known as the "Long Night Moon." Coming full circle, we find ourselves again in the frigid realm of winter. This is the month when some of the coldest and the longest nights live. Hence the Native American full moon names for this full moon of December.
 
Other Names
Long Night Moon
Oak Moon
Wolves
Big Moon
Small Spirits Moon (Anishnaabe - CHIPPEWA, OJIBWE)
Moon When the Wolves Run Together (CHEYENNE)
Respect Moon (HOPI)
Time of Cold (MOHAWK)
Big Bear's Moon (WINNEBAGO)

Faery of the Month: Yew Faery

The Yew Faery is a venerable being indeed. She is the oldest of the tree spirits and has a depth and power that are hard to understand. Yew is an ancient evergreen, from the depths of the primeval forests that reigned across the globe before the arrival of broad-leaved trees.

 

Because Yews are able to root their branches, they are virtually deathless, and one Scottish yew tree, the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, is reputed to be 9,000 years old. Yews are often planted in churchyards, and are connected with death, rebirth, and initiation mysteries.

 

The Yew Fairy carries the breath of the unutterably ancient, from cave and grave, from shadowed forest where the sun never penetrated. The wisdom of the Yew Fairy is beyond words, but may come to you as visions. These should bot be dissected, for they are unlikely to be comprehended by the conscious mind. They Yew Fairy forms a connection with the eternal, carrying ancestral knowledge as well as opening the doorway to future generations. She can bring you close to loved ones who have passed on. She also brings a sense of perspective, for all our concerns are dwarfed by the passage of the centuries.

 

The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey

Lore of the Tree of the Month: Yew

Yew Tree (Taxus baccata)

Tree of Resurrection, Tree of Eternity


Winter Solstice, December 21st
Fifth vowel and last letter of the Ogham alphabet - Idho
 
Planet(s): 
Saturn and Pluto

Element(s):
Earth and Water

Symbolism: 
The Tree of Life, Immortality, Rebirth, Protection, Longevity, Change, Divinity, and Strength

Metal: 
Lead

Stone(s):
Olivine

Birds:
Eagle, Hummingbird

Colors: 
Black, Dark Green

Deities:
Banbha, Dione, Artemis, Persephone, Hekate, Astarte, Odin. Yew embodies the crone aspect of the triple Goddess. Yew is one of the Guardians of the Underworld that assist in guiding souls from one world to the next.

Sabbat: 
Winter Solstice

Runes: 
yr and eolh (positive benefits of transformation)
 
Folklore:
The Yew is a medium sized British evergreen with a very long lifespan (at least 2000 years) and it grows red flashy berries called arils. Many ancient Yews are found in churchyards. It is believed that some of the circle arrangements were planted to protect the power spots in the community.  Yew grows well in the shade of other trees, but little will grow under Yew shade.
 
Magickal Properties: 
Immortality, renewal, regeneration, rebirth, everlasting life, transformation, protection against evil, connecting with ancestors, shamanism, dreaming, heightening psychic abilities, and olde magick. Yew is used in spells to raise the spirits of the dead. Burn Yew to contact spirits of the deceased. Carve Ogham characters onto sticks of Yew for divination use. Yew wood is very strong, great for making wands, bows, spears, relic boxes, and dowsing rods.
 
Medicinal Properties: 
Every part of the Yew is very poisonous except for the fleshy part of the berry (used as a diuretic or laxative.) Even the seed inside the berry is deadly. Historically the Yew poison was used in small amounts as cardiac stimulant. It was also known as the Forbidden Tree because it was used to stimulate abortion. The leaves and bark contain small amounts of an anti-cancer agent Taxol that inhibits cancer cell growth.

Of vast circumference and gloom profound,
This solitary Tree! A living thing Produced too slowly ever to decay;
Of form and aspect too magnificent To be destroyed. ~William Wordsworth

Origin of the Christmas Tree

The Yule Tree

The Christmas tree tradition for Christians does not come from Pagans as many believe. It comes from the 16th century and western Germany. In Christian Germany these trees were called "Paradeisbaum" (paradise trees) and were brought into homes to celebrate the annual Feast of Adam and Eve on December 24. They were first brought to America by German immigrants around the 1700s. It took nearly 100 years for the Christmas tree to became popular among the general population. In 1850s the first signs of Christmas tree sales and lots began to appear around American towns.

In the mid-1850s President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) established the first Christmas tree at the White House. President Calvin Coolidge (1885-1933) started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn in 1923.
 

The Pagan Christmas Tree


The custom of having a tree as a central focal piece in winter holiday celebrations can be traced back hundreds of centuries. The ancient Egyptians had a custom of bringing branches from palm trees into their homes on the shortest day of the year each December. The Chinese and Hebrews from ancient history had similar traditions, too.

Evergreens were thought to have power over death because their green never faded. These trees were considered to be so powerful that they could defeat winter demons and hold back death and destruction. 

Because of their power and tenacity, evergreens were also believed to encourage the Sun's return and were therefore placed around the home, both inside and out. 

The ancient Egyptians didn't have evergreen trees, but they had palms -- and the palm tree was the symbol of resurrection and rebirth. They often brought the fronds into their homes during the time of the winter solstice.
 
Trees for Yule and what they mean:
 
Oak : Endurance, Strength, Triumph, Protection.

Yew : Last Day of Solar Year; Death

Silver Fir: Winter Solstice Day; Birth.

Birch: Month following Winter Solstice; Beginnings.


Decorating the Tree

During the Roman festival of Saturnalia, celebrants often decorated their homes with clippings of shrubs, and hung metal ornaments outside on trees. Typically, the ornaments represented a god -- either Saturn, or the family's patron deity. The laurel wreath was a popular decoration as well.  

In other cultures a living tree was brought into the home so the wood spirits would have a place to keep warm during the cold winter months. 

Bells were hung in the limbs so you could tell when a spirit was present. Food and treats were hung on the branches for the spirits to eat and a five-pointed star, symbol of the five elements, was placed atop the tree.

Early Germanic tribes decorated trees with fruit and candles in honour of Odin for the solstice. These are the folks who brought us the words Yule and wassail, as well as the tradition of the Yule Log!

The tradition of placing tinsel on the tree comes from an old legend. Apparently, spiders were not allowed near the Yule tree - not even close enough to get a peek of it. Needless to say, this upset them greatly, so they complained. In some versions of the story they complain to the Christ-child, in others, they complain to the Goddess… either way, they were allowed admittance to the tree. 

Overjoyed by their victory, the spiders climbed around the tree, wrapping it in glistening webs. The Christ-child (or Goddess, depending on the story) was so delighted by their creativity that the webs were transformed into strands of silver (i.e. tinsel).

In ancient times, the tree was decorated with symbols of the gifts the people wanted to receive from the Gods.
 

Acorns, Oak Leaves, and Suns were representations of the Sun God.
Birds and Bird Nests represented fertility as well as the return of the migrating flocks of birds in the Spring.
Candles (and later, lights) were used to welcome back the Sun God and to encourage the sun to return.
Crescent Moons and Silver Balls represented the Mother Goddess in her many forms
Flowers, even the Poinsetta, represented the hope of the coming or Spring.
Frogs, particularly Tree Frogs were for calling Spring back, since the call of the tree frog is one of the earliest signs of Spring.
Fruit represented a bountiful harvest as well as the coming season of renewal and birth.
Harps represented the continuity handed down by traveling Bards.
Horns, drums and other musical instruments symbolized the 'Blowing in the Yule' and also represented the joyous music that welcomes the Sun God.
Nuts represented a bountiful harvest.
Toads, especially when hung upside down, were considered strong protection for the family.
Fertility symbols such as eggs, antlers, horns

OGHAM The Celtic Oracle
by Peter Pracownik & Andy Baggott

The Yew is the grandfather and grandmother of the Celtic woodland. The longest living of the native British trees, it sees the wheel turn many, many times and so understands well the cycles of energy that unfold in mankind time and again. It can live thousands of years and when the central trunk begins to decay, a new tree sprouts from within to keep the cycle of life turning. It is thus the tree of death and rebirth and hence transformation. The most sacred and mysterious of magical sites were found in the groves of yews and indeed many ancient churches have yews growing in their grounds that predate the arrival of Christianity and indicate an ancient sacred site.

It is said that a fence post made of Yew will easily outlast one made of iron and has earned the title "Yew of Resilience."

Old Yew, which graspest at the stones
That name the under-lying dead,
Thy fibres net the dreamless head,
Thy roots are wrapt about the bones.
~Tennyson

KRAMPUSNACHT: Night of Krampus

Krampus is the dark companion of St. Nicholas, the traditional European winter gift-bringer who rewards good children each year on December 6. The kindly old Saint leaves the task of punishing bad children to a hell-bound counterpart known by many names across the continent — Knecht Ruprecht, Certa, Perchten, Black Peter, Schmutzli, Pelznickel, Klaubauf, and Krampus. Usually seen as a classic devil with horns, cloven hooves and monstrous tongue, but can also be spotted as a sinister gentleman dressed in black or a hairy man-beast. Krampus punishes the naughty children, swatting them with switches and rusty chains before dragging them in baskets to a fiery place below.
 

Krampus is celebrated on Krampusnacht, which takes place on the eve of St. Nicholas’ Day. In Austria, Northern Italy and other parts of Europe, party-goers masquerade as devils, wild-men, and witches to participate in Krampuslauf (Krampus Run). Intoxicated and bearing torches, costumed devils caper and carouse through the streets terrifying child and adult alike. Krampusnacht is increasingly being celebrated in other parts of Europe such as Finland and France, as well as in many American cities.

In the Alpine regions of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, the December date for gift giving is not Christmas Day, but “St. Nicholas’ Eve,” December 5th. According to folklore, that’s the day the beloved patron saint of broadcasters, merchants, and (of course) children, goes from house to house in his long, fur-lined robe giving sweets and presents to obedient, well-behaved kids. This version of St. Nicholas isn’t accompanied by eight reindeer, however, but rather by a dreadful, demonic character known as the Krampus.

Krampus (in some regions called Bartl or Klaubauf) is a fearsome devil right out of a child’s worst nightmare: a shaggy Satyr with a forked tongue, ram’s horns, cloven hooves, and a long tail. His job is to terrorize every boy or girl who hasn’t been good enough to warrant St. Nicholas’s generosity. To take care of the “bad” children, Krampus brings along a set of manacles, a sturdy birch switch, and a tub or basket that he carries on his back. His task is to whip disobedient kids with his switch, lock them in chains, plunk them in his container, and drag them off to throw into the nearest body of water. (Which, on an early December evening in an Alpine village, would be a particularly chilly and unpleasant fate indeed.)

The origins of the Krampus legend stretch back to pre-Christian folklore — a cautionary avatar of the hazards of going abroad on a dark, snowy night. But unlike other folk traditions that have been incorporated into Christmas lore, the Krampus has lost none of its ferocity and pagan beastliness. The name itself, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is derived from the Bavarian word “krampn,” which means, “lifeless, or dried out.” (The origin of the name is debatable; other sources say it comes from an old word for “claw.”)

In many regions of Germany and Austria, festivals called Krampuslauf (or “the running of the Krampus”) are held in which revelers don elaborate (and downright ghastly) costumes and parade through the crowded streets twirling blazing sparklers, dragging clattering chains, and swinging whips and staves at anyone not quick enough to get out of their way. Once the parade passes through, there’s nothing but cheering spectators — and quite a few weeping children — left in its wake.

Krampusnacht (Krampus’ night) was marked throughout the 19th century with Krampuskarten: holiday postcards depicting the devilish Krampus tormenting repentant German youngsters with the greeting,Gruss vom Krampus (or, “Cheers, from the Krampus”). Ironically, the Krampusnacht traditions were carried on right through the 1930s until the Nazi government launched a concerted campaign to wipe out the old “rustic” traditions, which they felt were inappropriate for a respectable, modern nation like Germany. (Ironically, it was the Third Reich, and not the Krampus, that proved to be the real embodiment of terror and barbarism.)

More recently, images of the Krampus have begun to reappear around Christmastime. In the 1960s, several European ad campaigns created “vintage” images of the Krampus not as a tormentor, but as an impish seducer, wooing scantily clad maidens and frisky housewives. In 1998 an arcade video game called CarnEvil included the Krampus as one of its rampaging “boss” characters. Krampus lore was even featured on an episode of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report in a segment “Blitzkrieg on Grinchitude” satirizing conservative complaints about disrespect for “old-fashioned” Christmas celebrations.

Though Krampus has long been part of European folklore, the German Christmas-devil is becoming more recognized – and even popularized – as part of American holiday celebrations with each passing year. Perhaps the dark-hearted Krampus provides a needed counterpoint to the relentless blitz of sugarplums-and-candy canes imagery of the Christmas season – a “yin” to the “yang” of Hallmark holiday TV specials and cheery department store Santa’s workshop dioramas.

Or perhaps, in a time when political corruption and corporate greed seem to be running unchecked, the notion of a terrifying figure who holds wrongdoers accountable in a pitiless and cruel manner strikes us as an especially satisfying and necessary aspect of the Christmas spirit in the 21st century.
Whatever the case, there’s no arguing that the traditional German holiday monster is rampaging his way into the American Christmas scene.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

From the earliest times the Twelve Days of Christmas have been regarded as a time when supernatural events can easily happen, when the dead are close at hand and might often be seen. They are, in a sense, the fruit of the past year, one day for each month that has passed. The Twelve Days of Christmas stand outside of "ordinary time," and celebrations focus on the return of the sun and a continuation of the eternal cycle of life.
One reads of the Wild Hunt, or the Fairy Host riding across the lands of Britain and Germany in particular, led by characters such as King Arthur, Woden, and Arawn, the Celtic god of the Underworld. In Ireland these supernatural hunters are known as the Yule Host, and in common with all these bands they are believed to gather up wandering souls and carry them away to the Otherworld.

The days from Christmas Eve on December 24th to Epiphany on the 6th of January (actually fourteen days as the first and last are not included in the twelve) really exist out of linear time. They are, in a sense, the fruit of the past year, one day for each month that has passed.
 
Over the centuries the dates have changed - sometimes radically. Above, I have listed the commonly accepted dates for the twelve days. However, when researching lore and magicks for the Twelve Days of Christmas I found a lot of disagreement as to the dates. So, from Wikipedia we have this explanation:
The Twelve Days of Christmas are the festive days beginning Christmas Day (25 December). This period is also known as Christmastide and Twelvetide. The Twelfth Night of Christmas is always on the evening of 5 January, but the Twelfth Day can either precede or follow the Twelfth Night according to which Christian tradition is followed. Twelfth Night is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. In some traditions, the first day of Epiphany (6 January) and the twelfth day of Christmas overlap.

Over the centuries, differing churches and sects of Christianity have changed the actual traditions, time frame and their interpretations. St. Stephen's Day (or Boxing Day), for example, is 26 December in the Western Church and 27 December in the Eastern Church.Boxing Day, on December 26, is observed as a legal holiday in parts of the Commonwealth of Nations. 28 December is Childermas or the Feast of the Innocents.
 
Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas

Currently, the twelve days and nights are celebrated in widely varying ways around the world. For example, some give gifts only on Christmas Day, some only on Twelfth Night, and some each of the twelve nights.

In England in the Middle Ages, this period was one of continuous feasting and merrymaking, which climaxed on Twelfth Night, the traditional end of the Christmas season. In Tudor England, Twelfth Night itself was forever solidified in popular culture when William Shakespeare used it as the setting for one of his most famous stage plays, titled Twelfth Night. Often a Lord of Misrule was chosen to lead the Christmas revels.

Some of these traditions were adapted from the older pagan customs, including the Roman Saturnalia and the Germanic Yuletide. Some also have an echo in modern day pantomime where traditionally authority is mocked and the principal male lead is played by a woman, while the leading older female character, or 'Dame', is played by a man.

Many in the UK and other Commonwealth nations still celebrate some aspects of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Boxing Day (26 December) is a national holiday in many Commonwealth nations, being the first full day of Christmas. Victorian era stories by Charles Dickens (and others), particularly A Christmas Carol, hold key elements of the celebrations such as the consumption of plum pudding, roasted goose and wassail. These foods are consumed more at the beginning of the Twelve Days in the UK.

Twelfth Night is the last day for decorations to be taken down, and it is held to be bad luck to leave decorations up after this. This is in contrast to the custom in Elizabethan England, when decorations were left up until Candlemas; this is still done in some other Western European countries such as Germany.
 
The traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas have been largely forgotten in the United States. Contributing factors include the popularity of stories by Charles Dickens in nineteenth-century America (with their emphasis on generous gift-giving), introduction of more secular traditions over the past two centuries (such as the American Santa Claus), and the rise in popularity of New Year's Eve parties. 

The first day of Christmas actually terminates the Christmas marketing season for merchants, as shown by the number of "after-Christmas sales" that launch on 26 December. The commercial calendar has encouraged an erroneous assumption that the Twelve Days end on Christmas Day and must therefore begin on 14 December.

Many Christians still celebrate the liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas according to their traditions. Represented well among these are Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Episcopalians, Anglo-Catholics, Lutherans, many Presbyterians and Methodists, Moravians, and many individuals in Amish and Mennonite communities.

Celebrants observing the Twelve Days may give gifts on each of them, with each day of the Twelve Days representing a wish for a corresponding month of the new year. They feast and otherwise celebrate the entire time through Epiphany morning. Lighting a candle for each day has become a modern tradition in the U.S. and of course singing the appropriate verses of the famous song each day is also an important and fun part of the American celebrations. Some also light a Yule Log on the first night (Christmas) and let it burn some each of the twelve nights. Some Americans have their own traditional foods to serve each night.

For some, Twelfth Night remains the biggest night for parties and gift-giving. Some households exchange gifts on the first (December 25) and last (January 5) days of the season. As in olden days, Twelfth Night to Epiphany morning is then the traditional time to take down the Christmas tree and decorations
 

The Twelve Days of Yule


This is a nice little holiday ritual or party game that is great for Christmas, Yule, and Winter Solstice gatherings and festivals. The following is a variation on the famous song about the twelve Days of Christmas from Scotland.

Gather a few friends around the fire. Have one of them say or sing the first verse aloud. Then have everyone repeat it, the same with the next verse and so on. As the verses get longer, whoever makes a slip in repeating the lines pays a forfeit - any small object they may possess such as a candy or a nut.

(Note also the 13th day of Yule - a sure sign of an ancient origin.)

The Days of Yule

The King sent his lady on the first Yule day
A papingo-aye (exotic parrot).
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The king sent his lady on the second Yule day
Three partricks (partridges), a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The king sent his lady on the third Yule day
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The king sent his lady on the fourth Yule day
A goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The king sent his lady on the fifth Yule day
Three starlings, a goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The king sent his lady on the sixth Yule day
Three goldspinks, three starlings,
a goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The king sent his lady on the seventh Yule day
A bull that was brown, three goldspinks
Three starlings, a goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The king sent his lady on the eighth Yule day
Three ducks a merry laying
A bull that was brown, three goldspinks
Three starlings, a goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?
The king sent his lady on the ninth Yule day
Three swans a-merry swimming,
Three ducks a merry laying
A bull that was brown, three goldspinks
Three starlings, a goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The king sent his lady on the tenth Yule day
An Arabian baboon, 
Three swans a-merry swimming,
Three ducks a merry laying
A bull that was brown, three goldspinks
Three starlings, a goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The King sent his lady on the eleventh Yule day
Three hinds a-merry hunting, 
An Arabian baboon, 
Three swans a-merry swimming,
Three ducks a merry laying
A bull that was brown, three goldspinks
Three starlings, a goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The King sent his lady on the twelfth Yule day
Three maids a-merry dancing,
Three hinds a-merry hunting, An Arabian baboon, 
Three swans a-merry swimming,
Three ducks a merry laying
A bull that was brown, three goldspinks
Three starlings, a goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?

The King sent his lady on the thirteenth Yule day
Three stalks a-merry corn,
Three maids a-merry dancing,
Three hinds a-merry hunting, An Arabian baboon, 
Three swans a-merry swimming,
Three ducks a merry laying
A bull that was brown, three goldspinks
Three starlings, a goose that was grey
Three plovers, three partricks, a papingo-aye.
Who learns my carol and carries it away?


Blessed Yule Tidings Pagans!

In ancient Scandinavia, Yule lasted 12 days (and nights). The first night of Yule (the night before the Solstice) was called the "Mother's Night". That night the Nordic Pagans used to sit and wait for the birth of the Sun God, Balder, born of the goddess Frigg and fathered by Odin. With the winter solstice, the goddess turned wheel of the year to give you a new point of departure.

Pagan Parenting:
Yule & Winter Solstice Stories
& Crafts for Kids

The Story of Yule for Kids
(Adapted from www.thepaganhousehold.com)

Yule is celebrated near the end of December when the night and the day are equal to each other, but did you know that the story really starts much earlier? In fact this story begins over a month earlier.

Everything began in August when the Harvest Lord or Oak King laid down his sword of power and went away to Summerland to rest. The Goddess missed her husband so much that She began to grow old from grief, which explains why we have Winter - the time when the Earth sleeps and becomes barren and cold. During Her time of sadness, the Goddess went on a vision quest to Summerland to find him but because she was gone so long her body withered away at Samhain. Her frozen body was found in the forest and a special ceremony was held in Her honour in the drinking hall of the Holly King.

For over a week faeries and other mourners travelled to the Holly King’s palace from all corners of Creation, but there was one unexpected guest, an old woman. She was so old and shrivelled that everyone there was mean to her out of fright and disgust. When she greeted the Holly King and called him Her Son everyone realized with much fright that this was actually the Goddess. The very Goddess whose death, they were there to mourn.

The Goddess was angry because she was treated very poorly and She passed a prophecy to the Holly King. She told them that within Her womb lay the Oak King, who was soon to be reborn. At the time of the birth of the Oak King the Holly King would pass to Summerland. This scared the Holly King so much that he locked the old Crone away in the top room of the tallest tower in the entire world. Then he walled up all the doors except one single window so that the birds could bring food to the old woman.

The Holly King hoped that he could escape the doom that was foretold but the Crone knew that the birth of Her child was Her only escape. The Crone wove magick and took the light and warmth from the Sun, and passed it to Her unborn baby. Four weeks later She gave birth to a son, the Oak King, who ever after was named the Sun King. The Oak/Sun King was born fully-grown and glowed with a golden light so bright that it caused the death of the Sun to be reversed.

The birth was so hard on the old Crone that she slipped into a death-like sleep. Devastated, the Oak/Sun King believed that his mother was dead and transformed himself into a large golden eagle then flew out of the lone window. The Oak/Sun King hunted the Holly King, Lord of the Winter, all across the Earth until he finally cornered him on the shores of a great ocean. There the Oak King and the Holly King battled until the Oak/Sun King threw his magickal spear at the Holly King. The spear hit him so hard that his body vanished. The Holly King reappeared in Summerland where he would remain to nurse his wounds for the next six months, until the time came for him to take over the reign from the old Oak/Sun King.

During his time in the Summerland the Holly King found the Crone in one of her other aspects as the Young Maiden. The Young Maiden spoke to him of prophecy and the Wheel of the Year. She spoke of the new cycle that had been made in the last year; that the events of the last year would repeat themselves forever and ever. The Holly King would return at the Summer Solstice, a time called Litha, to take the old Oak/Sun King’s place. Even though these two kings battle and are enemies who both want the love of the Goddess, they know that without each other neither one would exist.

After the battle, the Oak/Sun King returned to the Crone but he discovered that she wasn’t really dead but only asleep. He found a large log, the first Yule Log, cut from the largest oak tree he could find in hopes that this would revive the Goddess. He decorated Her room with evergreens because they had life giving properties. He even brought in an evergreen tree and decorated it with his light. The Oak/Sun King’s magick made her youthful again, and she transformed into the beautiful youthful Maiden. As time passed the Oak/Sun King, became the Harvest Lord or the Horned One. He knew it would be time for him to return to the Summerland to rest and it would also be time for the Holly King to return with winter to the land. Thus, the cycle would repeat once again.

Today, when we light candles for the four weeks before Yule, we remember those four weeks of magick when the Crone was in her prison. One candle for the first week and two for the second and so on until we have four candles lit on the night of Yule. This represents the growing light inside the Goddess as the Sun grew weaker. We know the Holly King, as Santa Claus who brings gifts every year to make up for the Winter that he brings with him and for the shameful way he treated the Goddess. He only brings presents to good children because he wants us to learn to be kind to one another. The Holly King dresses in red, wears a sprig of holly in his tangled hair, and is sometimes shown driving a team of eight stags. We also remember the Oak/Sun King with the Yule log which represents the sun and warmth he showed to the Goddess while she slept. Most importantly we celebrate Yule because it reminds us of our hopes and dreams that glow bright within us like warm sunlight.
 

 

Basic Full Mourning Moon Ritual

First cast a Circle. The Circle should be fully cast, as major acts of Magick that are required by a full moon ritual, need a Witch's total concentration. It is very difficult to maintain a lesser Circle during major Magicks and could be dangerous to the Witch. Once the Circle is cast, kneel before your alter looking up at the moon and say;

 

"Lady Moon bright and serene,

Shining with the bounty of the Mother,

Look down on us your Children of the Earth.

Come, light of the Goddess,

Fill us with your power.

Lend us your blessings,

Let your light surround us.

Impart to us your light and blessing.

Your love and grace, surround us.

Surround us Goddess,

Surround us with your love."

 

Once the moon's energy has been called down, a Witch must direct the granted energy. Sometimes, there will be no direction but only meditation. The energy is then released with the undoing of the Circle into the environment. A spell or series of spells can also direct or use up the granted energy. A request can also be made of the Goddess. She may then choose to use the energy you have been granted, for the stated purpose.

 

 

"Power blessed to me by the Goddess,

rise in me for healing,

to replenish and renew my being.

Power blessed to me by the Goddess,

Surround me with strength.

By the power of the Goddess,

So mote it be."

 

 

Keep the request formal if you want. A more personal prayer will also be heard if you choose not to set your request into words. If there are others within the Circle who have taken part in the ritual, have them also make their own request. I have also heard of group requests that work just as well. As with many other strong Magicks or major rituals, the rite must be closed.

 

 

"Goddess and Spirits,

You have heard our voices,

and our Craft has been completed.

Depart with our thanks and our love,

as we eat these cakes to replenish our bodies,

and this water which shall cleans our souls.

By the power of the Goddess and Spirits,

This Circle is undone but not broken,

So mote it be."

 

 

Blessed Saturn's Day Pagans!

I have to say this year has just whipped by so fast and we're soon to be celebrating the winter's solstice soon. Classes for the fall session are wrapping up and time for me to focus on writting some new classes for the Legion's scolastic programs. I currently have two in process of development for the second level of the mastering the dark goddess, and working on the level 1 runes class. I am hoping to develop more on a second phase of the faery magick class, never can have enough faeries, and a beginner tarot class.

The Legion by far is the most established and reasonable rates for that guided education. I can begin to count how many come to me saying they have bought all these books and do not know how to use them properly thus not or negative results. You can only get so much from a book right! I have been training staff this year to be the next educators for the Legion under personal instruction and guidence, and I do monitor all classrooms for quality and satisfaction. Also I have been asked as to when the next classes will begin, and I will start advertising right before Imbolc and classes are lined up to start right after Ostara 2016. We will be incorperating virtual classroom skype sessions with students once a week to be set up with your instructors. Along with this is legal confidentiality document for exployting any staff or students and will be legally binding for classroom interactions.

The Legion has also added videos of Laura Daligan witchcraft diaries as a useful guiding tool, please visit her section in the document library for I always add updated videos.

On another front of the Legion and her growth, our following members are impressive for a baby of 6 years in development. She, the Legion, and that means the Goddess Hecate and her devoted staff are branching out as well. I have been invited to write several articles for a pagan magazine and book author, so as soon as they are released I will inform you all as well. We have also taken on more advertising in the local public sectors of the Pacific Northwest through meetups, so if you in the area please feel free to contact me.  We, the Legion are also looking at incorperating to bring new chapters to other areas that are in development come 2016.

For updated news links, spells, and articles you can find them featured in our monthy newsletter. You can contact any of my staff or me via any Legion fb groups or my website at:

www.legionofpagans.com

or via gmail at:

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Attention Elder Airwolf.

Be Blessed this Turkey Day Everyone!