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Yule – Winter Solstice Celebration

“The world is frozen and looking on the surface of nature everything is asleep. But deep in the earth, plants are now quietly putting out their shoots and building themselves up for the arrival of spring. This is the season of rebirth. All the dreams and ideas you had at Samhain can now be born and will grow as the Sun now begins to grow in strength on its journey towards the summer solstice. We refer to this time as “The Dark Night of our Souls”.”

Yule is one of the 8 Festivals included in the Wheel of the Year, which represents the metaphorical mythology surrounding the God and the Goddess. In most traditions, Yule is the Sabbat that begins the Wiccan Year. It is also celebrated as the Winter Solstice—the shortest day and longest night we will experience in the Northern Hemisphere.

Yule is a fire festival and represents a time of celebrating the return of the light. From this point forward, the days will gradually grow longer again, until we reach the height of the Sun’s power at the Summer Solstice. Although we will still see comparatively little of the the Sun’s light for several more weeks, this Sabbat reminds us to have patience—the waning half of the year is over, and warmth, growth, and light will reign again!

The symbolism associated with this Sabbat is very heavily concentrated on images of the light. Candles, bonfires and the appropriate named Yule log – all promise the returning of the light.

The Oak King and the Holly King, in legend, rule the year between them. The Oak King rules from midwinter to midsummer, when the light increases and the Holly King rules from midsummer to mid winter when the light decreases.

In the Wiccan belief system, the Oak King is reborn at Yule, having died at the previous Sabbat, at Samhain. The weak quality of sunlight during these still-short days is symbolized by the God in his infancy, just born and needing sustenance before he can come back into his full power. The Goddess, who has been in her Crone aspect these past few months, is now once again in her Mother aspect, having just given birth to the God. She represents the Earth, remaining still and silent for awhile yet as she rests from her labor.

This is a celebration of the renewal of life, but compared to other Sabbats it is a relatively quiet, indoor holiday, as people gather within the warm shelters of their homes to be merry and give thanks. As a Yule ritual, many Wiccans decorate their altars with evergreen branches, such as cedar, pine, hemlock and spruce, as well as bright sprigs of holly, pinecones, and other festive winter flora.

The traditional Holly Wreath has been used for over 4000 years to represent the Wheel of the Year and a new beginning in the ever-turning circle of life, and, being holly, it was also a symbol of protection for the home, just as a holly tree in the garden is.

Candles are paramount to this Sabbat, of course, with Yule traditions emphasizing the colors red, green, white, and gold. Images of the Sun are also appropriate.

The Celtic and Norse people used a Yule Tree to represent the continual circle of life, the return of the Sun and to represent their wishes for the forthcoming year. The tree would be decorated with amulets and talismans, made to ensure a happy time ahead. The tree would be brought inside and decorated with fruit for a successful harvest, nuts for fertility, coins for wealth, love charms for happiness and candles to light the way for the returning Sun.


Decorate your Home & tree with symbols of fertility, health, wealth and prosperity – nuts, fruit, suns (male), stars (pentagram) and moons (female), elemental symbols such as icicles, snowflakes, and protective herbs and spices such as cinnamon sticks – even chocolate represents the luxuries of life – just use your imagination.

Mistletoe, if it could be obtained, would be hung to ensure another prosperous year. Kissing under the Mistletoe is as old as the Celtic/Druid way of life. Sacred to the Druids, their legal agreements and hand-fasting ceremonies (marriage) all took place “under the mistletoe”, as the agreement was then truly sealed.

Herbs: Chamomile, rosemary, ginger, sage and cinnamon
Incense: Bayberry, pine, spruce, spice, cedar, cinnamon
Stones: Quartz crystal, blue sunstone, emerald, ruby, sapphire
Oils: Carnation, cedar, spruce, pine, rose, cinnamon, bayberry

If you feel guided, join our Yule God-dess Circle for this sacred celebration.

May the plan of Love and Light forever prosper!

Alessandra Neagu

Dark Moon & New Moon Ritual Celebration

“The story that the Moon tells is of birth, growth, fullness, decay, disappearance, with rebirth and growth again.”

Moon phases

Working within the Moon phases is one of the keys to success in spell casting and rituals for witches and those who desire to work within the laws of Nature. It is wise to time your magical rites to coincide with the proper phase of the Moon. By doing this you take advantage of lunar power, stay in sympathy with the natural pull of the Universe, and combine your energy with Nature’s.

The Dark Moon and the New Moon are two different celebrations.

On the Dark Moon, when the moon it’s at her 0% illumination, we celebrate Deipnon.
And at the New Moon, which is the day after the Dark Moon, when the first sliver of the New Moon appears and the moon begins her cycle again, we celebrate Noumenia.

This month we’ll be celebrating:
Dark Moon – on 28 September 2019
New Moon – on 29 September 2019

THE DARK MOON – DEIPNON

The Dark Moon (astronomical New Moon) represents the last day of the lunar month, when there is no light reflected from the moon at all.
The time of the Dark Moon is celebrated as the Deipnon in some traditions and gives us an excellent and potent time for a ritual of introspection, healing, retreat and focus on what we want to remove from our lives.


The energy of the Dark Moon has a different effect upon us, pulling us deep within ourselves. It’s the best time to practice de-manifestation and shadow work. The purpose of the dark phase of any cycle is that of transition between the death of the old and the birth of the new.
The Dark of the Moon symbolize illumination, divination and the powers of healing.
We honor the Triple Goddess in Her Crone aspect at this time.
The Deipnon is also a time when we express our gratitude and devotion to Hekate for all her blessings in our lives.
In Greek, deipnon means “the evening meal”, usually the largest meal of the day.


You can start the ritual by purifying and cleanse your home/space, by lighting your favorite incense and decorate your altar in the name of the Goddess.


Taking a ritual bath before doing the Deipnon ritual is a powerful method of spiritual and psychological preparation. You can use salts, essential oils, herbs and crystals. The intention for such a bath is usually to clense yourself of lower energies and to open up to divine connection.


Invocations, prayers and chants dedicated to the Great Goddess are more than welcome at this time.


You can write a list with everything that no loger serves you, like unhealthy emotions, thoughts, behaviours, etc. and offer it to the fire of the Goddess. This is such a powerful exercise of cleaning and rejuvenating.
Take time to share your deepest gratitude to the Fierce Goddess.

THE NEW MOON – NOUMENIA

New Moon over Acropolis

The Deipnon is always followed the next day by Noumenia, when the first sliver of the moon is visible and is held in honor of Selene, Hestia, Hermes, Apollon Noumenios, and the other Hellenic household Gods.


In ancient Greece, Noumenia was the day where no other rituals were held and it was known as the day of incense burning. Different resins and herbs were burned in front of the depictions of the Goddess as a sacrifice.
Noumenia is the first day of the lunar month and is considered “the holiest of days”, representing a time of initiation and new beginnings.


On the New Moon it’s the best time to plant the seeds in our sacred wombs of what we want to manifest in the month ahead and in the near future. This includes intention setting as well.
The darkness is lit with the translucent quality of transformation; and during this essential and necessary period, life is prepared to be born.

In my practice I prepare a sacred space and I invite the Great Goddess and Fire Goddesses to help me clean my womb with their sacred fires before I start the process of planting the seeds of what I want to manifest (in accordance with the Divine Will of God and only if it is for my higher purpose). I allow the fire of transformation to burn anything that no longer serves me and then I connect my womb to the Great Womb of Creation.

Then I visualize one by one the golden seeds, I set the intention for each of them and visualize it as it is already manifested. I ask for the seeds be blessed by God, Mother Gaia and the Goddesses and then I plant them, one by one, in the fertile soil of my womb.


At the end, I bow down in gratitude and accept this as done.

You can include this beautiful and sacred hymn for Noumenia’s ritual:

Goddess Selene

Orphic Hymn 9 (to Goddess Selene)

Hear, Goddess Queen (thea basileia), diffusing silver light,
bull-horned, and wandering through the gloom of night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide night’s torch extending,
through the heavens you ride:
female and male, with silvery rays you shine,
and now full-orbed, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Mene (Moon),
whose amber orb makes night’s reflected noon:
lover of horses, splendid queen of night,
all-seeing power, bedecked with starry light,
lover of vigilance, the foe of strife,
in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
fair lamp of night, its ornament and friend,
who givest to nature’s works their destined end.
Queen of the stars, all-wise Goddess, hail!
Decked with a graceful robe and amble veil.
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright,
come, moony-lamp,
with chaste and splendid light,
shine on these sacred rites with prosperous rays,
and pleased accept thy suppliants’ mystic praise.

May the plan of Love and Light forever prosper!

Alessandra Neagu

Nemoralia – 13th August – Festival of Torches


Celebration of Goddess Diana and Hekate

GODDESS DIANA

In roman mythology, Diana was the great Goddess, the Goddess of the Moon, of the hunt, birthing and the Protector of the forests and all wild and untamed life. The Roman Goddess was known by many names including Queen of Heaven, the Great Goddess, Lunar Virgin, Mother of Animals and Lady of Wild Creatures. She is the Huntress of the forest seeking means of survival. She is the call of the wild, the beating heart of the forests, the animal spirit within, urging us to remember our origins.

Goddess Diana calls to us to let our animal essence out and hone our inherent sensibilities. Dance and sing to the Moon, run until our heart pounds to the top of a hill, to take a swim in a creek, roll around in the grass, or just gaze upon the stars in wonderment; knowing all the while that Goddess Diana is within us, sharing our journey.

Goddess Diana

Diana is the traditional Goddess revered by Witches and women.
She was immensely revered in all of the lands, especially the Stregheria, which is Dianic Witchcraft.
Although Diana is know as the Virgin Goddess of childbirth and women, she is one of the three Maiden Goddesses who each swore never to marry : Diana, Vesta and Minerva.

Sacred Oak groves were especially created for Diana, as they were sacred to her.
According to the Legends, Diana (of the Moon) was the twin of Apollo (of the Sun). They were born on the Island of Delos, as the children of Jupiter and Latona.

Diana, as one of the twelves Olympian Gods and Goddesses, was a Supreme Goddess in Rome and she was the Great seal of Chasity. She is always depicted standing by a Cypress Tree in a short toga with a drown arrow, but it was not the hunt of animals. She hunted man’s souls, to guide them to the Underworld, for rest, peace and rebirth.

Goddess Diana

NEMORALIA – FESTIVAL OF TORCHES

She was always revered at Her Festival in August, called Nemoralia, the Festival of Torches and lights which were placed by her workshippers surrounding Nemi, the Sacred Lake of Diana, also known as “Diana’s Mirror”. The Festival starts on 13 August and it’s celebrated until the Full Moon of August.


Nemoralia was a time of rest and celebration, especially for women. They would bathe, wash their hair, be adorned with flowers and then take part in a torchlit procession around the shores of the lake, under the Moon at night.
All these lights with the reflection of the Moon on the mystical lake showned that in darkness there is always light; this was a festival to also honour life. Catholics later adopted this Festival as the Feast of Assumption.

“[August] The 13th. Celebration of Diana and Hekate of the Moon in pre-Hellenic Greece, to protect the harvest. Origin of the Assumption Day in the Church Mary cycle. The Moon is Maiden/Mother/Crone, the Three Fates (Lachesis, Clotho, Atropos), the Morrigan (Ana, Babd, Macha), the Norns, the Three Mothers (Sarasvati, Lakshmi, Parvati) the Goddess’ three aspects.” – The Goddess Book of Days, Diana Stein (1988).

Prayer to Goddess Diana

“Hail and adoration unto you,
O, Great Diana.
Hail Goddess of the Moon and of the night.
You who have been since before the beginning,
You who caused all things to appear,
Giver and sustainer of life, adoration unto you.
Hail and adoration unto you,
O, source of all enlightenment.
I pray you to impart to me your illumination and enlighten my mind
That I may perceive more clearly all things in which I endeavor,
Illuminate my soul, imparting your essence of purity.
I reveal my inner self to you and ask that all be cleansed and purified within.”
~by Raven Grimassi~

On 13th August, by night, we pray to the Goddess Diana that we never forget the wonders of creation, the joy of being alive, and the importance of being a woman. Tonight we pray to Goddess Diana to be filled with Her strength to survive the challenges that would steal our dreams. Under Her Full Moon we are alive in Her reflection. As a Circle of women we pray to Goddess Diana to grants us development and change within ourselves. As we embrace Her energy that is the vibrations of the universe that lives within us let the hunt begin. Let us seek out and tame the resources that is the beast and the forest of our lives. As goddess Diana let us be the huntress of our path. Tonight as women we say “Great is the Goddess Diana and Great is the Goddess in Me”.

Go into the woods and send healing energy to the Earth. Each time you honor the Earth and its creatures, you are honoring Diana.

GODDESS HEKATE

The date has also become associated with the Goddess Hekate.
August 13th is listed in modern Pagan calendars as being Hekate’s Night as Goddess of Witches, a night sacred to Hekate.

In Greek religion, Hekate was appeased during the height of summer to protect the crops against blight and detrimental storms. Because the Romans associated Hekate with Diana (especially as respective Queens of Witches), they began to include veneration of Hekate during Diana’s Nemoralia.

Goddess Hekate

This festival was commonly ascribed to an aspect of Hekate known as the Lady of Storms with some notion that part of the reason for the festival was to propitiate Her to protect the harvest.

HEKATE AS BRIMO – LADY OF THE STORMS

Hekate as Brimo is Her most terrifying aspect. As the Queen of Rage, She is associated with the chaotic, horrible and transformative storms of life. Whether we need Hekate’s help with the chaos of our lives, to channel our own anger or to help us weather a nor’easter, the gifts of Brimo energy are plentiful.
Hekate as Brimo is the mighty Queen of Rage, bringing up all the anger, horror and chaos that is part of the Underworld. We can tap into Her as Brimo when we need to get fierce ourselves.

Brimo was an epithet given to deities associated with the Underworld, specifically those that were angry and fierce. Besides Hekate, Demeter, Kybele and Persephone were all called Brimo in ancient texts to refer to their terrifying selves. The chaos associated with Brimo energy is a vital part of the natural cycle of the earth, the destruction is necessary for maintaining balance.

For those dedicated to Hekate, August 13th holds special meaning – it is Hekate’s Night, a night to honor our great Goddess, She who bestows many gifts upon those who honor Her, including magical abilities and protection. Those who know Her, know that they have been chosen by Her, it is no accident that one becomes Her Priestess.
For those just beginning to hear Her call, accepting Hekate into your life will bring great change, there will be no turning back.
May your celebration bring you closer to our Lady!

PRAYER TO HEKATE BRIMO :

Hail Hekate Brimo,
Hail Hekate The Fierce,
Hail Hekate The Terrifying.
May I be prepared for the storms of life,
May I honor You through my actions,
May I learn from your gifts.
Guide me through life’s storms,
Remind me that I am strong beyond measure,
As I weather the chaos.
Grateful I am
For the terrors You send my way,
As I grow wise and fierce.
Hail Hekate Brimo, Storm Bringer,
Hail Hekate The Fierce,
Hail Hekate The Terrifying.

INVOCATION to summon HEKATE from the Orphic Hymns :

“Hekate of the roads I invoke,
The one who is adored at the crossroads
and where the three roads meet.
Celestial, Chtonian and Marine,
you who wear the saffron colored veil,
Sepulchral One,
who celebrates in Bacchic Ecstasy with the souls of the Dead,
Daughter of Perses,
Lover of solitude, who enjoys the company of deers.
Nocturnal one, Protectress of Dogs, Irresistible Queen,
the One who emits the sounds of beasts,
ungirt One, Herder of Bulls, Queen of all Worlds who holds all keys,
Guide, Nymph, Nurturer of youth, Wanderer of mountains,
I ask thee Maiden to be present in my sacred rites,
Favorable to the herder, filled with graciousness and with propitious mood.”

May we all the blessed by the Great Goddess!

How are you going to celebrate Nemoralia this year?

Feel free to share you knowladge and wisdom about this Festival and your past experiences about this time of the year!

May the plan of Love and Light forever prosper!

Alessandra Neagu