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The Covenant of Gaia Church of Alberta announces...
Category: Public Circle
What to Bring: please bring a potluck dish to share after ritual
Price/Donation: suggested donation of $5 per person
Acct. Id: 420973
Event Id: 86048
When: Dec. 21st. 2013
Where: Church, Alberta
please join us in celebrating Yule 2013
Event Details: Yule
Yule is the nadir of the sun's power, the shortest day of the year. In some traditions coming from northern Europe, the Oak King and the Holly King share the year, changing at midwinter and midsummer. The Oak King reigns from Yule to Litha, the period of growth and expansion while the Holly King rules the other half of the year, the period of withdrawal and rest. In most versions of their tales, they are brothers who fight to gain ascendancy over the world. Despite the fact that one is considered "light" and the other "dark", neither is "good" or "evil" in the Christian sense. They are both necessary for completeness.
Many peoples in the Northern Hemisphere kept track of the winter solstice and celebrated the time when the days started to get longer. There is still the rest of the winter to endure, but the people knew that the spring would come. Eventually.
In many cultures this is a time of feasting and celebration. In general, by this point in the winter, one has a good idea of the severity and how the stocks of food correspond to the needs of the group. The fires of the hearth are allowed to go out on this night and are re-lit from the sacred fire kindled by the priestess or priest from the first of the sun's rays. Modern churches echo this by having candlelight services, where one is given a candle during the service and tries to get it home without going out. With a candle lantern or other container, it can be accomplished. Our ancestors would have lit the hearth fire from that sacred fire. Today we can lit pilot lights on furnaces, stoves and water heaters.
Kindling your own sacred fire from the first rays of the sun can become a family tradition. A magnifying glass, a steady hand and some tinder is all that is really necessary. Focus the light through the magnifying glass on to the tinder and have more things ready to add to the fire. You'll need a fairly large magnifying glass (approximately 4 inches in diameter) and patience. IF the day is cloudy, use other methods. (Flick the Bic only as a last resort.)
The Yule log can also be incorporated into the modern pagan's celebration. One custom of the Yule log is that it can't be purchased. It can be a gift, or cut from one's own land. Much is made of the log when it is brought into the house and it should be ritually purified and libations of food and drink poured or scattered over it. Part of the log should be saved to help light next year's log. In Northern Europe, oak was the preferred wood.
One of the oldest holidays at this time of year is Saturnalia from Rome. The Roman calendar had several intercalary days, when normal society was turned upside down. there were feasts and frolic and the Lord of Misrule reigned over all.
Event Location: Church in Calgary in Church
Event TIME Details: ritual starts promptly at 7:30 pm
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