As the year turn we move through the four seasons; spring filled with new hopes, and our thoughts turn to the maiden aspect of the Goddess, Summer and the time of warmth and love and our thought turn to mother aspect of the Goddess then Autumn the time of harvest and the crone aspect of the goddess and winter the time of death and rebirth and our thoughts turn to the dark aspect of the goddess. Winter is a time of darkness, coldness and in older times fear of not surviving through this period. Amongst all of this harshness there is hope and this hope is found in the Yule festival the point where the darkness begins to turn back to light and we face the promise of better days. Many of the deities associated with winter are also associated with death and rebirth in one form or another. While others deities are related to gift giving and hope of better days. Here is a list of deities and legendry figures associated to the winter and the Yule festival. Alcyone (Greek): A Greek demi-goddess, sometimes regarded as one of the Pleiades. More often she was thought of as the daughter of Aeolus and wife of Ceyx, son of Eosphorus and the king of Thessaly. They were very happy together, but then Ceyx perished in a shipwreck and Alcyone threw herself into the sea. Out of compassion, the gods changed them into the halcyon birds. Since Alcyone made her nest on the beach, and waves threatened
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Sunsets and I hear deaths call, distant friends out side my walls, coming closer and even closer still, lost friends and family who died while ill. I take a knife and carve a face and illuminate and set a place the final feast that all must eat and face the death we all must greet. Alone in silence I hear the chatter about the things that don’t matter, a reminder of the years that past, rejoicing that it not my last. The fire burns orange and black, it now the time to look back, at the lives and loves we have lost, the time to count the emotional cost. In sadness this is not done, it now the time for Samhain Fun, So bob for apples and trick and treat, for old friend your sure to meet. Gather close the ones you love and look upon the moon above, While remembering days that have past, enjoy the party and have a blast. By Draco of the dragonstar Related articles Samhain: Festival Honouring the Ancestors (brighthub.com) Samhain (socyberty.com) Wiccan Symbols, Spells & Rituals (brighthub.com) On Being godless (renaebair.com)
Christians freezing by an open fire… Jack Frost nipping at their toes… Yule tide carols being sung by a choir And we’re dressed up not just for show.. All us pagans know the Yule log and some misletoe Helps to make our Solstice bright Like tiny tots with their eyes all aglow We’ll find it hard to sleep tonight! We know the Sun is on His way He’s bringing warmnth and light For all of Spring to stay And every Christian child is gonna cry They see that reindeer really don’t know how to fly… And so I’m offering this simple phrase So many years it has rung true… Although its been said, many times many ways… Merry Solstice to you. An origional Parody of The Christmas Song Azelma RoseWillow Related articles Christmas Yule Log Cake (portofcopenhagenfinefoods.wordpress.com) Dumb Stuff Christmas Party (buydumbstuff.wordpress.com) What is a Pagan and Paganism? (cybercauldron.co.uk) Pagan Family, USA (cybercauldron.co.uk)
I. Is Online Ritual possible? You have some Pagan friends with whom you exchange email. You would like to do a ritual with them, but online is the only real option you have for getting together. Problem: all you can see, all anyone can see, online are words on a computer screen. Problem: all you can send to other people online are words on a computer screen. You can’t share your drumming or your dancing with these people, you can’t hold hands or use vocal intonations, they can’t see the candles you light or smell the incense you burn … or can they? Is it possible, in any meaningful sense of the word, to cast a circle and raise energy by use of computer and modem? I submit that it is. In this class, I will teach you how to craft and lead a ritual that makes full use of the computer and cyberspace as a medium for magick. I will not teach you how to access the internet. I assume that you are familiar with logging onto a bulletin board, chat room, or other place where an online ritual might be held. This class will detail some of my experiences in online worship. I will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of cyberspace as a medium for magick. I will go over specific details of crafting and leading an electronic ritual. I will share some of the tricks of the trade I have run across, and some necessary contingency plans. The CompuServe 1994 Yule
Wicca is an earth-based Spiritual path, based on reviving the ancient pagan religions of pre-Christian Europe. Wiccan’s have a strong belief in the forms and forces of nature and that the divine source exists on all planes and is both male and female. Wiccan’s see aspects of life and nature as being sacred. Wiccan’s will attempt to attune themselves to natural rhythms of nature and cycle of life so they can communicate with the divine form. Wiccan’s will use rituals and rites, which are a mix between ancient text and modern ceremonies as well as shamanic practices to achieve this commune with the divine force. For Wiccan’s the divine form / force is divided in to two parts the two parts are considered to be equal and opposite (up-down / left-right / good bad / summer-winter etc.). These two halves created the balance in the universe and manifest as a Goddess(s) and God(s). By manifesting the power in two deities (Goddess and God), the natural balance of opposites, cause and effect are retained, e.g. Summer/winter, light/ dark, life and death etc Although Wiccan’s may name their deities Wiccan’s believe that all goddess’s are but one goddess and all gods are but one god. The reason a Wiccan will call on a deity by name is to focus the aspect or nature of the persona that that aspect of the divine portrays. Wiccan’s believe that with the will of the divine and through magickal workings such as spells and rituals you can bend the unlimited
Christmas is a weird time for pagans we all know that the date of birth of Jesus was sometime in the early spring and that Christmas day was moved to coincide with the winter solstice. The problem is Christmas is a big festival and many pagans where not born in to pagan families so still have a strong connection to Christmas day and what make it even harder is Christmas and Yule have the same symbolisation. So what does a good pagan do? Do you celebrate Christmas or are you militant and refuse to have anything to do with that “Christian Festival”! As a child Christmas was easy the 25th December went woke up present on bed, woke parent at silly o’clock, visit Nan and granddad then other Nan and granddad would arrive around 12 give more presents, table would be in living room ready for lunch, during lunch a row would break out and the rest of the day was spent in silence and evening we played games. When I moved out at 16 and started my own life I could express my pagan path I refused to attend Christmas functions with family and friends or insured that I would work on Christmas day it was always easy to find someone to swap a shift. Christmas lost it appeal as a fun time it was a commercial event spend spend that all it was. It was in my mid 20’s when I was chatting with a friend who mentioned that her 5-year son had
Now that Mabon is over and we start looking to Samhain I always start by looking back over my book of shadow one to see if I set any thing in motion that as yet to manifest. These will not always be magickal things many times they are my own personal goals and aspiration.
The element of fire has always paid a large part in pagan ritual so it is not uncommon to find bonfires in pagan history. But the Yule log is a strange tradition goes as far back as Egypt 5000 BC were logs where burnt in death rituals and to honour Horus, their sun god. There is no definitive tradition or history to say when and where it comes from and some even say that the Yule log had no religious significance, and was instead simply a festive decoration with practical uses. In the UK there was no account of any folk tradition using a log as special significance until around the 17th century giving rise to the idea that the Yule log was and import from Europe. Historical it is believed that the Yule log origins lie in Germanic or Norse Paganism (pre Christianity) The Yule log was a whole tree original which was selected for it size and to insure warmth and comfort. In Europe some traditions place the large log in the hearth with the rest of the tree pointing in to the room. Over the years the Yule log has been reduced in size from a tree to an average size log. The Yule log morphed into a Christian tradition and became associated with the 12 days of Christmas. The tradition of the Yule log virtually died out during the 20th century but was replaced with the Bûche de Noël a chocolate covered Swiss roll decorated to look like a log. Yule Log Traditions.
As you read in the Facebook posting I will be closing the Cyber Cauldron down. Now I am very sadden by this but there are reasons. Cyber cauldron was a dream I started about 10 years ago it was my showpiece at the end of my training in web design and programming. I started out on my own in 2006 as a web designer using the cyber cauldron name about this time last year I knew I needed to reconnect with the divine on a very basic level so with the web design failing and debts mounting I designed the new Cyber cauldron site paid for it to be built to do what I wanted and found a supplier of pagan product which I felt others would like to buy. Over the last year the cyber cauldron has become a money pit but that did not worry me each day I found a purpose, which allowed me the privilege to communicate with like-minded individuals. Each day I would think about the divine and find something of interest to post sometime humour as I feel that sometime we can study so hard that we stop enjoying the learning process, my personal thought and musings on the goddess and magicks some of which never made it to post but I enjoyed the rant lol as well as what I felt new comers should know. I always planned to run the cyber cauldron for a year and a day and cover the year and each festival as the