December 18, 2012

Yule Pagan Rituals For The Modern Witch

In the next week, the Winter Solstice will occur, and Wiccans all over will celebrate Yule, the Winter Solstice holiday. The Winter Solstice happens on December 21, 2012, this year. Each Winter Solstice occurs on the shortest day of the year, and focuses on the cosmic strength of the season. As with all holidays, Yule has some specific rituals. Yule is a time of renewal when witch spells let go of the old and welcome the new. As with most pagan rituals, the focus of Yule rituals are on connecting to nature. In this case, the connection helps with the renewal witch spells.

Though I am not a practitioner of Wicca, I felt like a blog with links to some pagan rituals and witch spells for Yule would be helpful to readers. At the very least, they are interesting and help us to understand different cultural beliefs.

According to Wicca Spirit, one of the wiccan spells for Yule is the Peace for Family Spell, which is supposed to restore peace for the family whether immediate, extended, friends, or co-workers. The spell caster would focus the ritual on the family in which they wanted to restore peace.

Wicca Spirit also posted a Goddess Ritual for Yule. It seems that the spells and rituals for this season are abound and varied. This website had many wiccan spells and pagan rituals particularly for Yule.

In addition to the Wicca Spirit spells and rituals, explained the Winter Solstice Ritual as another of the wiccan spells performed during Yule. This required far more to complete, but still focused on renewal, peace, and meditation.

A third popular website for Yule is A Druid Fellowship. It has information about Winter Solstice, a solitary Yule, and information about the pagan rituals.

I found a surfeit of other sites, but these three seemed the best. As I have advised before, anyone interested in celebrating Yule and the Winter Solstice should find a modern witch, either solitary or a coven, and learn the wiccan spells and pagan rituals from the believers.

It is no coincidence that Yule and Christmas and New Year’s fall so closely together. These holidays all celebrate renewal in their own way. I would imagine that the modern witch cannot help but see the connection between these holidays. We all have our rituals. This year, don’t forget about the Winter Solstice in your holiday season celebrations.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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