Yule Meaning

Yule is a time of the greatest darkness and is the shortest day of the year. Earlier people noticed such phenomena and supplicated the forces of nature to lengthen the days and shorten the nights. Wiccans sometimes celebrate Yule just before dawn, then watch the Sun rise as a fitting finale to their efforts.

After the Norse brought Yule into prominence it nearly replaced Samhain as the date of the New year, and many modern Celtic covens still honor Yule this way. The Nordic-influenced Celts celerbated Yule with  many of the trappings we associate with modern Christians observances: decorated evergreen trees, wreaths, holly, mistleteoe, feasting, and dancing.

They also believed that on this night the Holly King, as the God of the waning year, would battle the Oak King, the God of the waxing year, and lose. Often Yule coven rituals have members reenact this fight.

This is the time of death and rebirth of the Sun God. The days are shortest, the Sun is at its lowest point. The full moon after Yule is considered to be the most powerful moon of the whole year. This ritual is a light festival, with as many candles as possible on or near the altar in welcome of the Sun child.

Thus passes away from thee,
away from thee and thing
the spirit of the last cycle's learning,
Free to move forward into the turning
of this year's cycle of learning
We rejoice
The time of repose has come
let us remember the lessons each has learned,
commit the lesson to heart,
preparing to move beyond.

Queen of the moon, Queen of the sun,
Queen of the heavens, Queen of the stars,
Queen of the waters, Queen of the Earth,
Bring us the Child of Promise!
It is the Great Mother who giveth birth to him,
It is the Lord of Life who is born agai,
Darkness and tears are set aside
when the sun shall come up early!


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