Great Release Challenge 2012 — Day 21 — Friday


Winter solstice
Winter solstice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great Release Challenge – 21 — Friday
by Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2012

Winter Solstice occurs today, Friday, 21 December, when the Sun enters Capricorn at 6:12 AM EST or 3:12 AM PST.  The 2nd Quarter Moon will be in Aries.

The modern Sabbat Ritual (representing one of the eight High Holy Days) can be as intricate or as simple as you desire.  The ceremony’s main function is to honor the season and the gods, and to ask for their harmonious intervention in our lives in the coming months.  Each ritual celebrates one portion of the cycle of life.  Where Yule (today) represents birth, those of you in the southern hemisphere will be celebrating Midsummer (maturity). – The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation Witch – Solitary Witch by Silver RavenWolf, published by Llewellyn World Wide, page 73.

Winter Solstice occurs when the sun is at one degree in Capricorn (earth).  The Summer Solstice unfolds when the sun is at one degree of the astrological sign Cancer (water).  The celebration of birth by the northern hemisphere is balanced by the celebration of maturity in the southern hemisphere, thereby creating an even flow of energy from the souls residing in either hemisphere.

English: Bonfire at the Yule Log

The Eight High Holidays go by different names depending upon the type of Wicca/Witchcraft you practice.  Winter Solstice is also called Yule, Mean Geimhridh, Alban Arthuan, and Modranicht (Mother Night).  Summer Solstice is also known as Litha, Alban Heruin, and Mean Samhraidh.  Yule means “wheel” (Scandinavian) and solstice means “Sun Stands Still”.  Yule is currently calculated to be at least 5,000 years old (long before the birth of Christ).  Midsummer is thought to be at least 10,000 years old.  Popular Mythos surrounding Yule include the Battle of the Oak and Holly King (Oak King wins), the Divine King, the Stag and the Wolf; and the Festival of the Dark God as seen in the German Belsnickle, and the birth of the Sun.  Summer Solstice is considered the primary festival of the Horned God, the Battle of the Oak and Holly Kings (Holly wins), and the descent of the God and Goddess to the earth.

Yule Invocation for Northern Hemisphere Participants
by Silver RavenWolf

Today, you may wish to do a full ceremony, or simply light a candle and meditate.  Here is my Yule invocation as found in my book, Solitary Witch.\Morning light will flood the chamber – winter solstice sun.

Energy unfolding, Saturn’s rule has just begun.
Crystals formed of ice and frost, freeze field and forest green.
While Mighty Oak and Holly fight for favors from our Queen.
The Great Wheel brings conception, birth, and death as days of yore
Each bonfire on a ley line, honors what has gone before.
Seven planets, seven spheres, seven gates wing open
I lift my arms and call the charge, the incantation spoken!

I conjure water spirits, pour forth the sacred winds
Come higher, O great fire!  The magick now begins!
Solar vapors, starry heavens, clouds and earth and waves
unite in your perfection, on this shortest solstice day!
I hold the keys of secrets, and the phantoms will avail
the crossroads shimmer open, as the rod connects to grail.

Seven planets, seven spheres, seven gates swing open.
I lift my arms and call the charge, the incantation spoken!

Beribboned Yule logs burning, each spark a blessing brings.
Red and green, the sacred blood, of past and future kings.
Mistletoe and bayberry, the winter’s leaves and resin.
Spice and myrrh and evergreen, connect the Earth to Heaven.
Through scented smoke and sacred prayer, I manifest good will.
Bring peace and joy to hearth and home, and every will fulfill.

Seven planets, seven spheres, seven gates swing open.
I lift my arms and call the charge, the incantation spoken!

Midsummer Incantation for Southern Hemisphere Participants
by Silver RavenWolf

Today, you may wish to do a full ceremony, or simply light a candle and meditate.  Here is my Summer Solstice invocation, a portion of which can be found in my book, Solitary Witch.

Gemini to Cancer, the Moon becomes the Queen
Mighty Herne pursues her, in the forests dark and green.
Summer’s bright enchantment, workings of my will
“I know” begins the power, that turns the magick wheel!

Oceans glitter in the heat, as passions raise the tide
the Oak and Holly navigate for the favors of the bride!
Summer’s bright enchantment, workings of my will
“I know” begins the power, that turns the magick wheel!

Faeries dance upon the air, making circles round
luring humans to the earth beneath the sacred mound.
Summer’s bright enchantment, workings of my will
“I know” begins the power, that turns the magick wheel!

Roman Fanus plays the flute, the notes a binding spell
of love and healing conjured from the waters of the well.
Summer’s bright enchantment, workings of my will
“I know” begins the power, that turns the magick wheel!

Shakespeare’s night of potions, bright world in-between
where gnomes hide buried treasure, and devas dance unseen.
Summer’s bright enchantment, workings of my will
“I know” begins the power, that turns the magick wheel!

A thousand sparks roam skyward, to celebrate this day
Morning dew elixir, will honor all the fey!
Summer’s bright enchantment, workings of my will
“I know” begins the power, that turns the magick wheel!

Today’s Challenge – Your choice.

Summary:

(1)   Do your Morning Braucherei Ritual and light your goal candle.
(2)   Do Today’s Challenge associated with cleaning, clearing and arranging your bedroom.
(3)   If you can, add your Speed Cleaning Activity
(4)   Get ready for tomorrow!

Tomorrow:  Your Vehicle – no vehicle?  You get to do your silverware drawer.  No silverware?  Pick something from your Wish List.

Give yourself One Gold Star if you remembered to do your morning ritual.  Two gold stars if you completed today’s challenge of releasing at least one item.  Three gold stars if you performed a Yule/Midsummer Ritual, or a spiritual ritual of your choice.  Four gold stars if you did something from your Wish List.  Five gold stars if you squeezed in a speed cleaning challenge!  Six Gold Stars if you continue to use your Sea of Potential exercise!

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within.

Silver

Advertisements

16 thoughts on “Great Release Challenge 2012 — Day 21 — Friday”

  1. Oh, i see what you did there with the Midsummer Incantation for us in the south. you changed the piece about, the “Crossroads vibrate open, the dead no longer rest. I am a Witch and i know how to conjure up the best”. To ” a thousand sparks roam skyward, to celebrate this day……. Ohhhh, i love that book.

    Thank you so much Silver, I’ll be OK on my own now, will do it at night when granny’s already asleep, and hubby can keep watch over her (she might just mix up the candles and oils for me 😀 ) OH i love her so much.

  2. Thank you for doing this Silver. I have said it at least once before and will say it again, I have learned so much from your teachings throughout many years and continue to learn like my witchy guru, with love.

  3. I was doing my altar in the bedroom yesterday, and my wedding ring, touched the goblet i keep there.
    Silver it sang like the singing bowl, for a moment there i didn’t make the connection, just thought that sounds nice, never occurred to me to try my goblet…….. this morning i was busy in the kitchen and my eye caught the metal wine goblets in the cabinet ( keep them for guests when we barbeque, so that my glass ones don’t get broken) There are 3 different shapes, one looks very old i found it in a secondhand shop, it was sprayed gold, i removed the paint at home (it took me days) Under the paint was what looked like silver but with all the rubbing to get the paint off, some of the “silver” came off, it looked like bronze. i tried all the goblet but that one old one sings like a dream. I am so happy.

  4. Hi Silver Have a Safe Great and Blessed Winter Solticse yr Surrounded by Love n Light n may you and your family have the a Beautuful Yule BB Silver ur friend Paul.in Az ps im sending u some az sun to.keep.u all warm.i.know it will.get there.

      1. Happy solstice,to you too Anna,and,to all else,may all of us,be blessed,thank the lord,and,lady for all the divine.love as above so below as,within so without there is equal balance from the heavens to.the earth lets all embrace in this rebirth Blessed Be to all. A smile a day keeps the negativity away n allows peace n.love to stay Love and Light Always

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s