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Monday, December 21, 2009

A Solitary Yule Ritual

A Wiccan Yule Ritual for the Solitary Practitioner.

Cast the Circle

Stand at the Northern edge of the area you designate to be your circle, facing outward. With your dominant index finger, feel energy build within you and flow down through your finger, out to the edge of your circle. Once you feel it flowing out of you, begin to trace your circle with your index finger pointing down to the ground and gradually walk sunwise, tracing the perimeter of your circle. If needed, make two or three rounds to really "feel" the energy flowing, and as the circle is marked on the ground, feel it extending upward and inward to create a dome, or half-sphere enclosing you, knowing that the other half is extending down beneath you so that you are in the middle of a giant ball. As you are forming the circle, say:

I build this magic circle, to create a space of peace and love between the Worlds. As my energy builds these walls, I can feel the God and Goddess adding theirs as well. May only good come from this space - as I will, so mote it be!

Invoke the Quarters

Proceed to the Eastern edge of the circle and say:

Spirits of the East, attend and bless this circle with the element of Air.

Light the candle, and visualize yellow light flowing from this gateway into the circle. When you can feel it, then proceed to the Southern edge of the circle and say:

Spirits of the South, attend and bless this circle with the element of Fire.

Light the candle, and visualize red light flowing from this gateway into the circle. When you can feel it, then proceed to the Western edge of the circle and say:

Spirits of the West, attend and bless this circle with the element of Water.

Light the candle, and visualize blue light flowing from this gateway into the circle. When you can feel it, then proceed to the Northern edge of the circle and say:

Spirits of the North, attend and bless this circle with the element of Earth.

Light the candle, and visualize green light flowing from this gateway into the circle.

Invite the God and Goddess

Say:


Beautiful Maiden, who dances on the breeze, Gentle Mother, who holds her children dear, Wise Crone, who teaches us lessons we don't always wish to learn. Join with me in this space, and may I be Blessed.

Verile Father, shining brightly upon your children, Agile Hunter, Son of the Goddess, Wise Man of the Oak, sturdy and strong, Smiling upon us even when you have been cut down. Join with me in this space, and may I be Blessed.

Recite the Sabbat Prayer for Yule by saying aloud:

The light is rising in the East this morn

and by the Goddess, our God is born.

The Oak King is victorious this night,

and brings with him a promise bright.

Of warmer days and happy times,

as he grows into his prime.

Meditate on this, and reflect upon any images that come to mind through the meaning of Yule

When you are ready, perform any magical work you desire.

Perform the "Cakes and Ale" rite

Raise the chalice in both hands, saying:

The Sun has ripened the fruit of the Earth.

Return the chalice to the altar and touch the drink with your athame, saying:

This drink is blessed by both the God and Goddess.

As you are about to take a drink from the cup, say:

May I too be blessed.

Hold your hands over the cakes, saying:

The moon has shone down upon the grain, These cakes are blessed by both the God and Goddess.

As you are about to take a bite from the cake, say:

May I too be blessed.

Closing the Circle

Thank the God and Goddess for attending you ritual.

Move to the East candle, and as you extinguish it, say:

Spirits of the East, thank you for your presence here. May you go in peace.



Move to the South candle, and as you extinguish it, say:

Spirits of the South, thank you for your presence here. May you go in peace.

Move to the West candle, and as you extinguish it, say:

Spirits of the West, thank you for your presence here. May you go in peace.


Move to the North candle, and as you extinguish it, say:

Spirits of the North, thank you for your presence here. May you go in peace.


Move once again to the North, and with your non-dominant index finger, touch the edge of the circle, drawing the energy back into your hand (don't let it move all the way into you, just as far as your arm) as you walk sunwise around the circle. When you have returned to the North and the circle no longer remains, return to the altar in the center and pointing the same index finger down into the Earth, release all of the energy into the ground and finish by extinguishing the incense and candle on the altar.

Yule Time



The Goddess is pregnant. Homemade Wassail is brewing in the kitchen. The Wheel of the Year has turned once again, and for Pagans and those practicing Wicca, Yule has arrived. A beautiful occasion for giving thanks.

Yule, one of the lessor Sabbats, falls on December 21st this year and is also known as the Winter Solstice. Celebrations include nature inspired decorations, a hearty feast and candle lighting ceremonies. This holiday is the time to honor our achievements thus far and prepare for even colder days ahead. Creating a memorable celebration is easy to do when honoring the sun with lights, and all that the sun brings during the year.

Plan a simple feast meal with a cornicopia of seasonal fruits, nuts and cider soaked caraway cakes. Add cranberry juice, cinnamon and brandy to apple cider to create a wonderful warmed Wassil. Bake rosemary bread and gingerbread cookies with the children of the group. Set the table with plenty of red candles and pine cones. Begin with a blessing and words of gratitude.

Decorating the Yule tree is another traditional activity. Create festive strands of garland by stringing together dried rose buds, cranberries, popcorn or cinnamon sticks. Hang crystals, mirrors and fragrant spice sachets from the boughs. Brightly colored fruit add to the beauty of the tree. Light candles and be sure to have the youngest in the house light a very special taper to leave in the window.

Another important activity is giving thanks. On page 109, in the book Wicca for One, Raymond Buckland writes about the Yule observation,

Give thanks to the gods for what you have and for the hopes and promises that lie before you.

With the vanquishing of the Holly King, the Oak King gives us something to look forward to. Start the evening by watching the sun decend it's first time this winter. Remember all of the blessings of the previous year. Give thanks for all of the people and events that helped in reaching this part of the journey. Bless that which worked and promise to let go of anything that blocks the pathway to new desires.

Now look ahead and visualize expected changes in the coming year. What new ideas are sought after? Take a moment to anticipate the good things and give thanks for that which will arrive in the approaching days. Know, like the hours the sun shines, possibilities for the materialization of dreams, increase each day.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Spiced Crescent Moon Cookies


I've been trying to put a Wiccan spin on my holiday baking this year. I stumbled across this recipe. I think it sounds scrumptious!!

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Spiced Crescent Moon Cookies

3/4 cup vegetable shortening at room temp
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 drops almond extract
confectioners sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375� F.

In a bowl cream the shortening with the brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy and stir in the egg and the molasses. In another bowl stir together the flour, the baking soda, the cinnamon, the ginger, the cloves and the salt. Add the flour mixture in small amounts to the shortening mixture, and blend the dough well. Chill the dough for 1 hour. Cut the dough into crescent moon shapes. Arrange on greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with the confectioners sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 min. Allow them to cool on paper.

Makes approx. 38 cookies.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Welcome Renee!!

I am soo proud to announce that my sister Wiccan, Renee of Gentle Hauntings, has accepted my invitation to blog with me on Broom Closet Confessions!! Renee has been a dear online friend of mine for quite some time. She has been a practicing Wiccan for 6 years now and fully supported and guided me when I chose to follow a Wiccan path as well.

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Also... aren't these pipe cleaner witchy hats just precious!! This is the Wiccan Craft of the Week for my daughter and I. She calls them "Witchy Party Hats"!! We will be making festive Yule ones today.

~Blessed Be~
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Practical Magick and New & Upcoming

I have created a new site... for myself, my sister and my sister witches. I am so proud of it. Practical Magick. It is basically serving as our online Book of Shadows, with each of us contributing to it. Feel free to pop over and take a peek if you like. Please keep in mind, it's a work in progress.

I am trying to convince my younger sister to blog with me... I will bring her to the blogosphere [insert evil laugh here].

Also... I was in a crafty mood the other day and my sister and I make pendulums! They turned out sooo beautifully!! I will do a mini tutorial on them soon; as well as a give free giveaway!!

~Blessed be
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Home Crafted: Pine Cone Ornaments


Greetings to all those visiting from all those visiting from Domestic Witch's blog!! I am soo excited to be taking part in this activity.

This year, my witchlets and I have made pine cone ornaments to give to the granparents, friends and neighbours. They are super easy to make... the kids loved it... and [I think] they look beautiful on the tree!!

We started out by taking a nature walk to collect the majority of supplies (pine cones & greenery). Of course, these can also be purchased at a craft store.


Assemble everything you will need for crafting before hand. This is especially convenient for little fingers. Use your imagination, in addition to your pine cones and greenery, include things like ribbon, glitter/glitter glue, glue/hot glue gun, pipe cleaner, jingle bells, google eyes... the possibilities are limitless.

Glue a ribbon or pipe cleaner to the top of the pine cone in a loop. This will be what you use to hang the ornament on the tree. Be sure the glue is set and dry before continuing to the next step.

And here is the fun part... decorate your ornament!! We put sprigs of greenery atop of each pine cone, followed by a ribbon bow and some dangling jingle bells. The witchlets even used pom poms and googly eyes on a few of them! Dont forget to add some glitter or glitter glue to make them sparkle!

Good luck and happy creating!
~Blessed Be~