Yule Rite

“The Tree” is the basic liturgical and organizational writing and the basis for Seax-Wica, but it is a ‘base’. It provides the rituals as if being practiced by a coven, but nowadays most Wiccans, especially those of the Seax-Wica tradition, are solitary practitioners (they work alone). The following information on the Yule Sabbat is adapted from “The Tree” and is only one way that a solitary can use these rituals in their own practice.

Celebrate this Sabbat on the Winter Solstice, around December 21st. Set up your Altar as normal, then place two unlit candles on it, one on either side of the Altar Candle. Erect the Temple, then when you are ready, read or recite the following:

“Now is the sun well on its course
Through the long dark months of winter.
Let me show my love for the Gods
By sending them strength where it is needed.
Let me kindle here fresh fires
To light my Lord upon his way.
Fires to give him confidence;
To show him our love burns forth
Even though the hardships of winter be upon us.
So be it!”

Take one of the unlit candles and hold it up, then continue:

“Let Woden bear the blessings of my Lady Freya
As he guards me and guides me
Through the long dark days ahead.
May all our power, Wiccans all,
Be symbolized by this light,
As it burns with steady flame,
Aiding and strengthening that which is there.”

Light the candle from the Altar Candle and stand it to the side of it, then take up the other candle and continue:

“To that do I add a further prayer.
One light to take him into the winter.
Yet another light to lead him back.
That my Lady Freya be ever with my Lord Woden
Is meet and right, and be it so.
Let my prayers and thoughts go with him
For as he guards and guides me
So do I love him,
And so have I trust in all things.”

Light the candle from the Altar Candle and place it on the othe side, then continue:

“Let these lights burn
Till Imbolc time.
When I shall know
The worst of winter is behind me.
So be it!
And so here be the love
Of the God for the Goddess.”

Pick up your Seax and kiss the blade, then return it to the Altar. Continue with the Ceremony of Cakes and Ale.

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