Colder Days Coming For Yule


Generally I’m not a fan of colder weather but I have to admit that it makes it feel more like the season for winter solstice festivities is truly at hand with it’s arrival.

Colder weather just in time for Yule.
Colder weather just in time for Yule.

Here in Arlington, Texas my tradition members and some close friends and family will be observing Yule together in a nearby UU church which is kind enough to rent to us at a reasonable price. We very much appreciate Arlington UU for opening their doors to us and providing us with a venue to host such gatherings. In most forms of Wicca and other forms of Pagan practice, this holiday is celebrated at or as near as practicable to the winter solstice as the rebirth of the Great horned hunter god, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. The methods of gathering for this sabbat vary from person to person. Some have private ceremonies at home, while others do so with their covens. Sometimes the legend of the Holly King and Oak King plays a role, other times it is omitted in favor of other stories.

The weather forecast, last I checked, says we’re going to see a high of about 74 degrees Fahrenheit (about 23 Celsius) then, around about the time our event is planned the cold front is set to roll in bringing the temperatures down to close to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (around -7 Celsius) within a matter of hours. That’s good ol’ Texas weather for ya. As the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather in these parts here, stick around and it will change soon enough.


Colder though it may be I do enjoy certain things about this time of year. A nice blazing fire, a pot of hot cocoa and the smells of delicious food and evergreens. May you and yours have a blessed holiday season in whatever ways you celebrate in the coming weeks. Time with loved ones, laughter and songs, peace and good will are what I wish for you. 🙂

 


Happy Christmahanakwanzikayule

Happy Christmahanakwanzikayule! If it seems like a mouthful you’re probably full. So many holy days. I don’t mean to offend. So if I miss yours, I’ll try to amend. But for now, please accept my greeting in good will and cheer. For peace on earth and nothing to fear. So do not be angry, I think it’s quite cool to say Happy Christmahanakwanzikayule!

Happy Christmahanakwanzikayule!
Happy Christmahanakwanzikayule!

I once knew someone who wanted a hippopotamus for Christmas. They proclaimed that only a hippopotamus would do. I tried to talk them in to accepting a doll or a dinky tinker toy but those just wouldn’t do. Further, my forlorn friend was not willing to accept crococodiles or rhinoceroses into their lives. No, only a hippopotamus would do. I considered starting a Gofundme site to see if we could achieve this goal of purchasing said hippopotamus but she told me some jolly fellow from the north pole would bring one right through her front door. I’m afraid the poor dear had gone quite mad. I hope she was finally able to acquire the help she desperately needed.
-Cianaodh Óg

Children of the earth, we have come to sing songs of good tidings and joy to our brothers and sisters of the world. May there be peace on earth and good will to all with whom we share this plane of existence.

Picture yourself flying…

Over the desert, in a canoe. And one of your wheels fall off.

…sooo: how many hot cakes does it take to shingle a doghouse?

Yule Song Collection From Around The Web

Yule is coming soon and who doesn’t enjoy a little singing around the fire as we sip our eggnog and munch on candy canes while images of sugarplum fairies dance through our peripheral vision. Or, am I the only one seeing those? Oops, a little too much eggnog perhaps. 😉

Keep the Yule in Yuletide!
Keep the Yule in Yuletide!

All Hail Ye, Simple Pagans
Tune: “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” Author Unknown

All hail ye, simple pagans
Gather round the Yule fire
Oh come ye Oh come ye
To call the Sun!
Fires within us
Call the fire above us
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Our Lord, the Sun!
Yea Lord, we greet thee
Born again at Yuletide!
Yule fires and candle flames
Are lighted for you!
Come to thy children
Calling for thy blessing!
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Our Lord, the Sun

The Twelve Days Of Yuletide
Tune: 12 days of Christmas

On the first day of Yuletide my true love gave to me,
a Circle ’round a Pine Tree.
On the second day of Yuletide my true love gave to me,
Two pointed Horns
and a Circle ’round a Pine Tree.
etc…
A Circle ’round a Pine Tree
Two pointed Horns
Three Silver Cups
Four Pentagrams
Five Magick Rings
Six critters Fetching
Seven Candles Glowing
Eight Fires Blazing
Nine Herbs a-Brewing
Ten Stones a-Standing
Eleven Brooms a-Flying
Twelve Witches Dancing

THE SUN RETURNS
To the tune of “Jingle Bells”

The Sun returns, the Sun returns, the Sun returns today
Join us in a song of Praise to help Him on His way.
The Sun returns, the Sun returns, the Sun returns today
Join us in a song of Praise to help Him on His way.
Gather round the Fire, Full of Yuletide Cheer,
The Wheel has turned again, The end of dark is near.
Spring is on its way, making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing our Yuletide song tonight.

“Yule Fires”
Tune: “Greensleeves” Words by John G. MacKinnon

In ancient days the folk of old
When chilled with fright by winter’s cold
Did kindle up a great Yule fire
With leaping flames in its great pyre;
So to entice the waning sun
To rise again and wider run;
It’s fiery course across the sky,
To warm them so they would not die.
So we, whose minds now sense a chill
Of anger in the evil will,
The human conflict, hate, and strife,
Which hold a menace over life;
Would kindle up a flame of love
That we within our hearts may move,
In Yuletide joy, with love embrace
And thus abide in peace and grace.

GODDESS BLESS YE MERRY WITCHES
Sung to the tune of God Bless Ye Merry Gentleman, Re-crafted by Rowan Morgana

Goddess Bless ye merry witches, let nothing you dismay,
Remember that the Sun God is born on Solstice Day
To Turn the Wheel towards the Sun with warming solar rays
Refrain
O tidings of summer and joy, summer and joy;
O tidings of summer and joy.

In the Eastern Quarter, the Child of Light is born,
A tiny flame of sunlight grows stronger every morn;
The Goddess of the Moon and Stars throws back her cloak well worn
Refrain
“Fear not, then,” said the Goddess “Let nothing you afright
This day is born a Sun of a pure and golden light,
To turn the Wheel of time away from Winter’s power and might.”
Refrain
Sing praises to the Sun God all you within this place,
With perfect love and perfect trust each other now embrace;
This Blessed Yuletide miracle of Divine Grace.
Refrain
Goddess Bless the Child of Light, may he proudly reign,
Until at Summer Solstice his light begins to wane
Among your friends and kindred that live both far and near—
Refrain

WICCAN AMAZING GRACE
Margot Adler

Amazing grace, how sweet the earth
that formed a witch like me
I once was burned, but now I thrive
Was hanged but now I sing.
Twas grace that drew down the moon
and Grace that raised the sea
The Magick of the people’s will
Will set our Mother free!
Amazing grace, how sweet the earth
that saved a witch like me
I once was burned, but now I thrive,
Was hanged but now I sing!

“Ye Children All of Mother Earth”
(words by Ellen Reed,
Tune: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”)

Ye children all of Mother Earth
join hands and circle around
To celebrate the Solstice night
When our lost Lord is found.
Rejoice, the year has begun again
The Sun blesses skies up above
So share the season together now
In everlasting Love!

(Yule Version) WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
Words by Anie Burke-Webb, Tune: Greensleeves/What Child Is This

What child is this, who rises now
from His Mother’s womb returning
Her children greet most joyously
the sight of His face’s bright burning
Chorus:
This, this is the Sun child born
The radiant one, the light returned
Born unto the world again
This child, the promise of summer
His growing light returns the warmth
that darkness stole from out the Earth
To bud the leaves, and blossoms bring
to signal the Spring’s rebirth
Chorus

“We Wish You a Merry Solstice”
We wish you a merry Solstice
We wish you a merry Solstice
We wish you a merry Solstice
And a happy New Year!
Chorus:
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
We wish you a merry Solstice!
And a happy New Year!
Our feasting is not so simple
Our feasting is not so simple
Our feasting is not so simple
On this Hollyday!
We’ve eggnog and punch and wassail
We’ve eggnog and punch and wassail
We’ve eggnog and punch and wassail
And hot chocolate too
We’ve breads, cakes and Solstice cookies
We’ve breads, cakes and Solstice cookies
We’ve breads, cakes and Solstice cookies
Plus crackers and buns
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
Now bring us some figgy pudding
And bring it right now
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
So bring some right now

We Three Kings
Original words by George F. Handel, 1742, (Yule Version) by Maria Kay Sims, Circle of the Cosmic Muse

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star
Chorus:
O star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guides us to the perfect light
Born a king at sunrise so bright
Gold I bring to honor the light
King forever, ceasing never
Light is reborn this night
Frankincense to offer have I
Scent of praise for birth that is night
Joy and praising, all now raising
Worship the God most high.
Myrrh is mine, the incense of night
Gone is he away from our sight
Yet in sorrow, know tomorrow
Surely will bring new light
Glorious now behold him arise
King and God and sacrifice
Alleluia, alleluia
Earth to the heav’ns replies

“We Three Crones”
Words by “Heartsong”, Tune: We Three Kings)

We three crones of magic-past are,
Bearing gifts, we traverse afar,
Fields, fountain, moor & mountain,
Following each our star.
Oh, star of wonder, star of might,
Star of radiant beauty bright,
Inward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us with thy magick light.
Gold I bring, the Earth’s hidden gleam,
Guards our Mem’ry, draws forth our dream;
Weary-curing, strong enduring,
Holding time’s circling stream.
Frankincense I carry with me.
Incense aids the spirit to see;
Analyzing, wize, up-rising,
Sense of the Earth, flow free!
Myrrh is mine, it’s bitter perfume
Lifts new life, a magical broom;
Praying, flying, purifying,
Away with old lingering gloom.
Glorious gifts of magic (wimmin) we praise,
Maiden, Mother, Ancient of Days;
Strength, and sense, and energy; whence
Return to our sacred ways.

Triple Solstice Goddess
Words by Lunaea Weatherstone, Tune: We Three Kings

Goddesses of the Solstice are we
Bringers of the Star and the Tree
Maiden, Mother, Crone uncover
Winter’s deep mystery
Chorus:
Oh, time of wisdom, time of light
Time of Winter’s darkest night
Goddess hold me, Love enfold me
Open me to Your light
Maiden of the darkness, I sing
Underworlds of wisdom, I bring
Seeking, learning, Kore returning
Bearing the light of Spring
Demeter, the slumbering Earth
Dreaming of the Daughter’s rebirth
Candles lighted, world united
Knowing our own true worth
Crone of deepest wisdom, I dwell
Deep in Time’s mysterious well
Dreaming, daring, teaching, sharing
Hecate’s secret spell

Silver Moon
to the tune of “Silver Bells”

City witches, busy witches, dressed in festival style
In the air there’s a feeling of ritual.
Women laughing, Circle passing
Sharing smile after smile,
And ’round every hearth fire you hear:
Silver moon, Mother moon,
It’s Goddess time in the city.
Circling, hear them sing,
Soon it will be Solstice Day.
Strings of candles, held by handle
With a flickering glow,
As the witches weave magickal treasures.
Touching changing, changing touching,
This is Diana’s scene,
And with all of the blessings you hear: (etc.)

(Yule Version) Silver Bells
Words adapted by Hilda Marshall Tune: “Silver Bells”,

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of giving
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you hear…
Silver bells, silver bells
Yuletide returns to the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Chiming the winter away
Strings of street lights, even stoplights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch
Eyes as bright as their dreams
And on every street corner you hear
Silver bells, silver bells
Yuletide returns to the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Chiming the winter away

(Yule Version) Silent Night
words adapted by Karen Deal Robinson, Tune: “Silent Night”

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright.
Starlight gleams upon the snow.
In our hands the candles glow,
As we sing of peace.
As we sing of peace.
Silent night, holy night,
We will share love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from every face
Tell our dreams for every place.
Hope again is born,
Hope again is born.

(Yule Version) Silent Night 2
words by Ellen Reed

Silent night, Solstice Night
All is calm, all is bright
Nature slumbers in forest and glen
Till in Springtime She wakens again
Sleeping spirits grow strong!
Sleeping spirits grow strong!
Silent night, Solstice night
Silver moon shining bright
Snowfall blankets the slumbering Earth
Yule fires welcome the Sun’s rebirth
Hark, the Light is reborn!
Hark, the Light is reborn!
Silent night, Solstice night
Quiet rest till the Light
Turning ever the rolling Wheel
Brings the Winter to comfort and heal
Rest your spirit in peace!
Rest your spirit in peace!

(Yule Version)  Share The Light
Words by Ellen Reed, Tune: The First Noel

On this Winter holiday, let us stop and recall
That this season is holy to one and to all.
Unto some a Son is born, unto us comes a Sun,
And we know, if they don’t that all paths are one.
Chorus:
Share the light, share the light!
Share the light, share the Light!
All paths are one on this holy night!
Be it Chanukah or Yule,
Christmas time or Solstice night,
All celebrate the eternal light.
Lighted tree or burning log,
Or eight candle flames.
All gods are one god, whatever their names.

Our Lady Greensleeves II
(Yule Version)

The winter moon is shining bright
The yuletide log is burning
Good people gather and tonight
the sabbat wheel is turning
Joy, Mirth, the Sun’s rebirth
Noels of old we greet thee
Life’s ring is the song we sing
of praises of the Lady
T’was at the feast of bright beltain
when we all were a maying
Sweet minstrel, pleated her gown of grains
Spring round the lady was playing
And though now robed in snow
Her wintery garb deceives
For bedecked with holly and mistletoe
She is still our Lady Greensleeves
So drink thee wassail everyone
Good pagans all make merry
With wine as red as the reborn sun
As red as Holly berry
Dance, sing, come join the ring
As the yuletide’s boughs she weaves
Fair Queen, the evergreen,
Sweet lovely Lady Greensleeves

O Yuletide Tree

O Yuletide Tree, O Yuletide tree
How lovely are thy branches
O Yuletide tree, O Yuletide tree
How lovely are thy branches
The thought of you as Yule draws near
Brings joyful tidings of great cheer
O Yuletide tree, O Yuletide tree
To us you are so lovely
Oh Yuletide tree, O Yuletide tree
Evergreen and fragrant
O Yuletide tree, O Yuletide tree
Evergreen and fragrant
We bring you in our home to be
A sign of life’s eternity.
O Yuletide tree, O Yuletide tree
Forever green and lovely.
O Yuletide tree, O Yuletide tree
We thank you for your blessings
O Yuletide tree, O Yuletide tree
We thank you for you blessings
With golden start and twinkling light
You cheer us on this holy night
O Yuletide tree, O Yuletide tree
Thou art most fair and lovely.

(Yule Version) Oh Holy Night

Oh holy night
the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the sun’s rebirth
Long lay the land, in cold of winter pining
Till he appears to shine warmth on the Earth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
As yonder breaks the new and glorious dawn
Sing now with Joy
Oh sing in celebration
Oh night divine
Oh night, of holy birth
Oh night, divine
Oh night Oh night divine
Moon up above
We gather in your soft light
And wait for him, son of light to appear
Orb of our mother
Who holds us in her keeping
Send us your child
To bring warmth to our souls
The winter is cold, the nights are long in darkness
We long for the spring , the hope that now begins
Sing now with Joy
Oh sing in celebration
Oh night divine
Oh night, of holy birth
Oh night, divine
Oh night Oh night divine

(Yule Version) Oh Holy Night II
Words by Shekhinah Mountainwater

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining.
It is the night of the Sun God’s rebirth
Long lay the world, in cold and darkness pining.
`Til He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn.
Rise from your knees! Oh hear the Pagan’s voices!
Oh night divine. Oh night when light was born.
Oh night divine. Oh night divine.
[Variations]
Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the Goddess’s birth
Long lay the world in patriarchy pining
Til She appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Rise from your knees! Oh hear the women’s voices!
Oh night divine, Oh night when Light is born
Oh night divine, Oh night, Oh night divine.

(Yule Version) OH, COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL!
-Ellen Reed

Oh, come all ye faithful
Gather round the Yule Fire
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye,
To call the Sun!
Fires within us
Call the Fire above us
O, come, let us invoke Him!
O, come, let us invoke Him!
O, come, let us invoke Him!
Our Lord, the Sun!
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee!
Born again at Yuletide!
Yule fires and candle flames
Are lighted for You!
Come to thy children
Calling for thy blessing!
O, come let us invoke Him
O, come let us invoke Him
O, come let us invoke Him
Our Lord, the Sun!

Moon Of Silver II
Author Unknown; Tune: We Three Kings

Come Thou, Lord, the Newborn Sun,
Come, Sweet Mother, Holy One.
Praise we sing Thee, Love we bring Thee
As ever shall be done.
Oh, moon of silver, sung of gold!
Gentle Lady, Lord so bold!
Guide us ever, failing never,
lead us all in ways of old.
Maiden, Mother, Ancient Crone,
Queen of Heaven on your throne,
Praise we sing Thee, Love we bring Thee,
For all that you have shown.
Oh, moon of silver, sung of gold!
Gentle Lady, Lord so bold!
Guide us ever, failing never,
lead us all in ways of old.
Lord of Darkness, Lord of Light,
Gentle Brother, King of Might!
Praise we sing Thee, Love we bring Thee
On this Solstice Night.
Oh, moon of silver, sung of gold!
Gentle Lady, Lord so bold!
Guide us ever, failing never,
lead us all in ways of old.

MOON OF SILVER
Tune: We 3 Kings of Orient are…

Maiden, Mother, Ancient Crone,
Queen of Heaven on your throne,
Praise we sing Thee, Love we bring Thee,
For all that you have shown.
Oh, Moon of Silver, Sun of Gold,
Gentle Lady, Lord so bold!
Guide us ever, failing never,
Lead us in ways of old.
Lord of Darkness, Lord of Light,
Gentle Brother, King of Might,
Praise we sing thee, Love we bring Thee
On this Solstice night.Oh, Moon of Silver, Sun of Gold,
Gentle Lady, Lord so bold!
Guide us ever, failing never,
Lead us in ways of old.

Lady Moon Shine Softly
Tune: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”)

Lady moon shines softly down
To light the Earth below
As we, her children, gather here
Around the Yule fire’s glow
We wait for morning’s dawning
First light of holy birth
Our Lady turns the wheel of life
Her Son returns to Earth
With joy we’ll greet his dawning
A new year has begun
With increased light is bright new hope
Reborn in Everyone.

Joy to the World
(Yule Version) by Maria Kay Sims

Joy to the world! The Lord has come
Let Earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare him room
And heav’n and nature sing
And heav’n and nature sing
And heav’n and heav’n and nature sing.
Joy to the World! The Sun returns
Our Lady gives him birth
His living light will warm our hearts
And wake the sleeping Earth
And wake the sleeping Earth
And wake and wake the sleeping Earth
Light we the fires to greet our Lord
Our light, our life, our Lord
Let every voice sing holy praise
As heav’n and nature sing
As heav’n and nature sing
As heav’n and heav’n and nature sing.

JOY TO THE WORLD 2
(Yule Version) by Ellen Reed

Joy to the world! The Lady walks,
O let the echoes ring!
The power of Her love each single heart unlocks,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Joy to the world! For peace shall reign
As we, our (wimmin) pow’r employ!
O, field & flood, rock, hill, & plain,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.
We share the world with truth & grace,
and let our blessings prove
The glories of our carefulness,
And wonders of our love,
And wonders of our love,
And wonders, wonders, of our love.

Joy to the World 3
(Yule Version) by Karen Deal Robinson

Joy to the world, the new year´s come.
Now earth prepares for spring.
Let every hearth with firelight bloom,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth, now gladness reigns,
And birds their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
No more will cold and darkness grow,
Though frost still coats the ground.
We wait to hear the rivers flow
As far as hope is found,
As far as hope is found,
As far, as far as hope is found.
She heals the earth with truth and grace,
And asks us all to prove
The glories of Her righteousness
And wonders of Her love,
And wonders of Her love,
And wonders, and wonders of Her love.

(Yule Version)  JOY TO THE WORLD 4

Joy to the world! The Lord is come!
Let Earth receive her king!
Let every heart prepare him room
And Heaven and Nature sing
And Heaven and Nature sing
And Heaven and Heaven and Nature sing
Welcome our King who brings us life
Our Lady gives him birth!
His living light returneth
to warm the seeds within us
And wake the sleeping earth
And wake the sleeping earth
And wake and wake the sleeping earth
Light we the fires to greet our Lord,
Our Light! Our Life! Our King!
Let every voice be lifted to sing his holy praises
As Heaven and Nature sing
As Heaven and Nature sing
As Heaven as Heaven and Nature sing
Joy to the Earth!
The LIght returns!
And sunlight fills the air
The tide has turned, the Sun has been reborn.
And hope is everywhere
And hope is everywhere
And hope, and hope, is everywhere.
Dark ruled the Earth, and death has reined
But on the Wheel does spin
From out the womb of night,
is birthed the Infant Light.
The Sun has come again
The Sun has come again
The Sun, the Sun, has come again.
Mother of all, to You we sing!
In praise this glorious morn.
For Earth and Sky, fire, water, and life. I
n You we are reborn, in You we are reborn,
in You, in You, we are reborn.

(Yule Version)  “Joy to the World” 5

Joy to the World, the Light has come
Let Earth receive her Lord
Let every heart, prepare Him room
And Heaven and Nature sing
And Heaven and Nature sing
And He-av’n and Heaven and Nature sing!
Welcome our Lord, who brings us Light
Our Lady gives him birth!
His Living Light, to warm our hearts,
And wake the sleeping Earth (x3)
Light we the fires to greet our Lord
Our Light, our Life, our Lord!
Let every voice, sing holy praise
And Heaven and Nature sing (x3)

I HAD A LITTLE GODDESS
to the tune of “The Dreidle Song” Author and Source Unknown 

I had a little Goddess, I baked her out of clay.
I placed her on the altar and prepared myself to pray.
Spinning, dancing, leaping, Her laughter full of light,
Turning spiral, weaving, the Goddess is alive.
I made an invocation, invited her to stay,
And when I lit Her candle, she jumped up to play.
Her eyes began to twinkle, her lips curved in a smile,
She raised her arms above her head and danced a little while.
The stars came to my doorstep and spun about the room.
The Goddess, she went flying upon her magic broom.
My eyes were big as scrying globes, my heart pounded like a drum.
Night seeped through the windows and day came with a sun.
I thought she’d be so serious, I thought she’d be austere,
But when I met the Goddess, I knew I needn’t fear.
She danced upon my heartstrings, she opened up my eyes,
She made me see inside myself, the joy of life to prize.
Spiral, spiral, spiral, the Goddess is alive.
Turning, turning, turning, she danced a little jive.

THE HOLLY AND THE IVY III
adapted by Susan M. Shaw

The holly and the ivy
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry tunes
As we Pagans sing with cheer
The holly bears a blossom
White as the lily flower
The Goddess shares the Solstice Sun
Days grow longer with its power
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
We celebrate with joyous hearts
The Wheel of the Year
The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood
The Goddess brings the Solstice Sun
To allow our hopes to bud
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
These blessed signs of life’s renewal
Will banish any fear
The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn
The Goddess lights the Solstice Sun
As we welcome the new morn
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The Green Man and the Holly King
Are always welcome here
The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall
The Goddess gives the Solstice Sun
For the wonder of us all
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
In perfect love and perfect trust
May our hearts be ever clear
The holly and the ivy
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry tunes
As we Pagans sing with cheer

Hello Magic My Old Friend
Tune: The Sounds of Silence, Words by Ottercat

Hello magic my old friend
I’ve come to practice you again
Because the seasons softly creeping
It’s yuletide that I’m now keeping
And the seasons follow in their wondrous way
All remains
Within the wheel of the year
Out of circle I walk alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
Met the halo of the full moon
Hadn’t thought that it did come so soon
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a falling star
Come from afar
To touch the wheel of the year
And in my third eye then I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing spells that voices never shared
No one dared
Invoke the pow’r of magic
“Fools” said I “you do not know
Mundanes like a cancer grow
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent teardrops fell
And echoed in the wheel of the year
And the people bowed and prayed
To the patriarch they made
Nature called out her warning
In the weather she was forming
And the people polluted the rivers
the valleys even air they breath
Would no one believe
What’s whispered by the wheel of the year

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Yuletide”
Words by Hilda Marshall, Tune: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Have yourself a merry little Yuletide
Let your heart be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Yuletide
Make the Sabbat gay
From now on our troubles will be miles away
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Yuletide now

Hark the Neo-Pagans Sing
Words by “Sunblade”, Tune: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hark the Neo-Pagans sing,
Glory to the Holly King!
Peace on Earth and mercy mild,
God and Goddess reconciled,
Hear us now as we proclaim,
We have risen from the flames,
Our ancient Craft now we reclaim,
In the God and Goddess’ names
Hark the Neo-Pagans sing,
Glory to the Holly King!
Herne by highest love adored,
Herne the ever-reborn Lord,
At all times behold Him come,
Offspring of the Holy One,
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see,
Hail incarnate Deity!
Our ancient Craft we now reclaim,
in the God and Goddess’ names
Hark the Neo-Pagans sing,
Glory to the Holly King!

(Yule Version) Go Tell It On The Mountain
Author Unknown

While witches kept their watching
O’er sleeping flock by night,
Behold, throughout the night sky,
There shone a magic light.
Go tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere.
Go tell it on the mountain,
The Solstice sun is born.
The witches danced and feasted,
When lo, there was rebirth.
The sunbeams climbed the mountains
And poured across the earth.
Down in a lowly valley,
The sun rays lit the morn,
And life began a-stirring
To sing this solstice song.

“Good Morrow, Happy Paganfolk”
To the tune of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, words by William Baldwin

Good morrow, happy paganfolk,
On this great day of Yule.
And may ye brightly celebrate
And sing and dance and fool.
And deeply drain the wine of life
From Heaven’s glistening pool.
O partake of the ecstasy and joy,
Laughter and joy,
O partake of the ecstasy and joy.
The good and gracious Lady,
Her only law is love,
To cherish every living thing
Below us and above,
She reigneth as She did of old
The Queen of Heaven above.
O partake of the ecstasy and joy,
Laughter and joy,
O partake of the ecstasy and joy.
The great and mighty Horned One
Whose trident some do see,
Destroys and builds the world anew
From Birth and Death and Thee!
He leads us through illusion
To the everliving tree.
O partake of the ecstasy and joy,
Laughter and joy,
O partake of the ecstasy and joy.
Now may the GODS and GODDESSES
Bestow on us the grace,
To ever walk in balance with
The Spirits of the place.
And lead us all to Paradise
To greet them face to face.
O partake of the ecstasy and joy,
Laughter and joy,
O partake of the ecstasy and joy.

Gods Rest Ye Merry Paganfolk
Tune: “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”

Gods rest ye merry pagan folk
Let none of you dismay.
Remember that the Sun returns
Upon this Solstice Day
The growing dark is ended now
And spring is on its way
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy
The winter’s worst still lies ahead
Fierce Tempest Snow and Rain
Beneath the blanket on the ground
The Spark of life remains
The Sun’s warm rays caress the seeds
To raise Life’s song again
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy
Within the blessed apple lies
The promise of the Queen
For from this pentacle shall rise
The orchards fresh and green
The Earth shall blossom once again
The air be sweet and clean
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy
Oh tidings of comfort and Joy

Gods Bless Ye Merry Paganfolk
Words by Anie Burke-Webb, Tune: “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”

Gods bless ye merry, Paganfolk
Let nothing you afright
There’s naught but peace will touch us here
On this the longest night
For our Great Mother will give birth
And turn the dark to light
(Chorus:)
And the Wheel’s turning round and round
Round and round.
And the Wheel’s turning round and round.
Into the west’s fast dimming light
The Dark God must retreat
As all of life must come at last
To death the longest sleep
But our Great Mother then gives birth
The circle is complete
(Chorus)
At morning’s first bright ray of light
Arrives the Sun Child’s birth
Returning through the Mother’s womb
Life promised to the Earth
Now that our Mother’s labor’s done
Rejoice with song and mirth

GOD REST YE MERRY, PAGANFOLK
Tune: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, words by Ellen Reed

God rest ye merry, paganfolk,
Let nothing you dismay.
Remember that the Sun returns
Upon this Solstice day.
The growing dark is ending now
And Spring is on its way.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.
The Goddess rest ye merry, too,
And keep you safe from harm.
Remember that we live within
The circle of Her arms,
And may Her love give years to come
A very special charm.
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!

“Glory to the New Born King”
Tune: Hark the Herald, Angels Sing

Brothers, sisters, come and sing
Glory to the new-born King!
Gardens peaceful, forests wild
Celebrate the Winter Child!
Now the time of glowing starts!
Joyful hands and joyful hearts!
Cheer the Yule log as it burns!
Once again, the Sun returns
Brothers, sisters, come and sing!
Glory to the new-born King!
Brothers, sisters, singing come
Glory to the newborn Sun
Through the wind and dark of night
Celebrate the coming light!
Suns glad rays through fear’s cold burns,
Life through Death the Wheel now turns!
Gather round Yule log and tree
Celebrate Life’s mystery
round the Yule fire
brothers, sisters, singing come
Glory to the new-born Sun.

“Deck the Halls”
Traditional carol

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la la la la la
Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la la la la la
Don we now our gay apparel
Fa la la la la la la la la
Troll the ancient Yuletide carols
Fa la la la la la la la la
See the blazing Yule before us
Fa la la la la la la la la
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Fa la la la la la la la la
Follow me in merry measure
Fa la la la la la la la la
While I tell of Yuletide treasure
Fa la la la la la la la la
Fast away the old year passes
Fa la la la la la la la la
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses
Fa la la la la la la la la
Sing we joyous all together
Fa la la la la la la la la
Heedless of the wind and weather
Fa la la la la la la la la

Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland
Words by Alexander & Aarcher, Tune: Winter Wonderland

Pagans sing, are you listenin’,
Altar’s set, candles glisten,
It’s a Magickal night, we’re having tonight,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland
Chorus:
In a Circle we can light a Yule Fire,
And await the rising of the Sun,
It’s the Great Wheel turning for the new year,
loaded with abundance and great fun.
Blades held high, censer smoking,
God and Goddess, we’re invoking,
Through Elements Five, we celebrate life,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland,
Queen of Heaven, is in Her place,
Triple Goddess, now the Crone Face,
Above and Below, She’s the Goddess we know,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland
Now the God, is the Provider,
Supplying game for our Fire,
Above and Below, He’s the Horned One we Know,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland
Later on, by the fire,
Cone of Power, gettin’ higher
It’s a Magickal Night we’re having tonight,
Dancing in a Wiccan Wonderland

“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”
Words by Robert Wells, (Yule Version) by Susan M. Shaw, music by Mel Torme

Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all a glow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight
They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And ev’ry mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly
And so I’m offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
“Merry Yuletide to you!”

Away from the Harvest
Tune: “Away In A Manger”, words adapted by Blake TaylorMixon

Away from the harvest the seasons have turned
The nights have grown colder and fires we’ve burned
The stars in the heavens look down where we stand
Neighbors and friends with candles in hand.
The warmth is returning, the sun and the light
Will brighten our days and shorten our nights
Come gather around the Solstice is here
The old one is passing, begins the new year.

All Hail Ye, Simple Pagans
Tune: “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”, Author Unknown

All hail ye, simple pagans
Gather round the Yule fire
Oh come ye Oh come ye
To call the Sun!
Fires within us
Call the fire above us
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Our Lord, the Sun!
Yea Lord, we greet thee
Born again at Yuletide!
Yule fires and candle flames
Are lighted for you!
Come to thy children
Calling for thy blessing!
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Oh come let us adore him!
Our Lord, the Sun

Some more songs here!

Memerization – Christmas War

War on Christmas internment camp.
War on Christmas internment camp.

Horrible scene from the “War On Christmas” internment camp at a secret location in the Midwest.

Lol, year after year the annual “War On Christmas” posts come with messages of how horrible it is that a greeter, cashier or random person dared to say “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas to someone. Maybe they even added insult to injury by serving them coffee in a plain red cup. I find the whole thing downright laughable and much ado over nothing. It’s amusing none-the-less to watch it play out and maybe even poke the bear a bit because I get bored sometimes and, well, you know how it is. But in all honesty, there’s no war on Christmas in this household. We firmly believe in celebrating everything and in the spirit of celebrating everything I recognize that there are multiple holidays being celebrated by people of a multitude of faiths so why focus on just one? If I know for certain the person I am speaking to is Christian I might say Merry Christmas or if they are Pagan I like to say Blessed Yuletide to them. I’ll say Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends and Festivus for the rest of us. If I don’t know for sure or am wanting to cover all the bases then a nice, blank wish of Happy Holidays fits nicely in my opinion. Have a happy whatever you celebrate!

You can only say WTF so many times per day before you just start drinking.

Okay, I resemble that remark sometimes. Haha! Why not, it’s more socially acceptable that putting foots in asses. Red Foreman might disagree with me on that point however. But I’ve seen his wife put away a drink or two so she’s in my camp on this.

Buckle up buttercup. KY lubricant, so no one has to squeal like a pig.

Solstice Comings And Goings – Amy Martin

I was the boogeyman at Amy Moonlady Martin and Earth Rhythms‘ Winter Solstice celebration for about 4 years in a row. It was a fun gig that I really enjoyed doing and I regret that I was unable to do it last December for the final Winter Solstice Celebration. Unfortunately, there was a lot of turmoil going on at my work this past year and I could not justify the time off to be able to attend. But for the times I was able to come to them they were a wondrous event to behold. The Cathedral Of Hope, where it had been hosted in the years I was involved, I am told is able to seat 1000 people. Every time I recall attending it was filled to capacity and still more people were standing in the back.

The Boogeyman! At Winter Solstice Celebration.
The Boogeyman! At Winter Solstice Celebration.

I saw people of many faiths coexisting and celebrating the Winter Solstice and my own role as boogeyman was a rather fitting one for me I suppose. It allowed me the ability to wander around among the crowd wearing my cloak of rags which many people would touch to release any negativity they might be carrying so that it would not follow them in to the coming year. The boogeyman himself was a cranky old man who did not wish to be bothered so he would sometimes turn around and growl or even chase those who were following him to touch his cloak. Not everyone in attendance understood the role or the idea behind the boogeyman so I would explain it to them when I could. Others, especially the kids, thoroughly enjoyed it and would often pick at the boogeyman just so he would growl and chase them away. It was all in good fun but it served a magickal purpose as well.

I am truly going to miss Earth Rhythms‘ Winter Solstice Celebration and the way it brought our community together. I heard somewhere that it was the largest Winter Solstice Celebration in the United States. Perhaps something similar will come along to fill the great void left behind in it’s wake.

Also, yesterday, Tommy Elf announced that his Podcast, From The Edge Of The Circle, will be airing it’s final episodes in October but he also announced that in November it will be replaced with a new podcast and format On A Pagan Path in which he will be including more discussions and interviews with people in our community to talk with them about their own paths and how they practice their spirituality and incorporate it into their daily lives.

I am looking forward to this and hope to see lots of people step up to take part in it. I think that something this community could greatly benefit from is more discussion and networking, less gossip and isolationism.