[bct] Re: More Christmas stuff

  • From: "Maria" <malyn87@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 13:32:56 -0500

Dan, reading your email reminded me of a carol I was taught as a little
girl.  The refrain went something like this:  Love and joy come to you, and
to you your wassail to. May God bring you a happy, happy new year;
may God bring you a happy new year.

Do druids and pagans sing carols?

Maria

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "The Scarlet Wombat" <coconut@xxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2005 11:01 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: More Christmas stuff


> In the spirit of representing more Yuletide traditions, as Mary spoke of,
> I'll mention a bit about this time of year for Druids.
>
> Most religions find a celebration at this time of year because of the
> winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere and the beginning of longer
days.
>
> For the ancient Druids, Yule was not one of the major fire festivals;
those
> being Soween, on  October 31, Imbolc on February 2, Beltane on May 1 and
> Lugnasa on August 2.  However, like so many, they held the Yule season in
> high esteem because of the lengthening of the daylight.
>
> We celebrate Yule much as people celebrate secular Christmas, with gifts
> and big bowls of hot wassail or mulled wine.  The day to celebrate is the
> actual solstice, December 21st.  In several mythologies that we sort of
> combine into a general Yule mythos, the sun king is born then and comes to
> his fullest glory at the summer solstice, then wanes until his death at
> Soween and is reborn every year at Yule.
>
> The cycle of birth and death coincides with the cycle of birth and death
of
> the solar year.  Such observances are so old there is no record of their
> beginning, they simply go further back than our collective memories can
recall.
>
> Druids in the Southern hemisphere are six months out of phase, so they
> celebrate Yule on June 21 instead of now.  My pagan friends in South
Africa
> find it rather funny that so many American influenced Christmas songs
> involve snow and winter when they are broiling under the sun on a dry but
> verdant velt.
>
> Druids, like most pagans, love a ritual and use most any excuse to have
> one.  Ours will be with friends of similar persuasion.  It will be
outdoors
> and there will be a roaring bonfire to coax the sun to come back for a new
> year of longer days.  There will be a dance around the fire and even a few
> fireworks, if nobody tells the fire marshall.  There will be songs, poetry
> and an invocation to the High Ones, Ancestors and Nature Spirits, and all
> the other entities and spirits that surround and attend us.  AS the
wassail
> bowl is drunk, people will move around the circle singing to the trees and
> the sun, telling it that it should come out again for another year of
> sunlight.  There will be a labirynth for people to walk in and a flute
> player [me] seranading them with Native American music.
>
> No, I was not raised in this tradition, my parents worked hard and
> generally thought of Christmas as a day to sleep until noon, then go back
> to work.  I am not sure what they would think of the Druidic rituals and
> rites, but since the point is to engender respect for the earth and all
> people, I rather think they would approve.
>
> Welcome Yule!
>
> Dan
>
>


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