A Pagan Awakening

by Jeff A. Bordeaux (1989)

A new life is there,
You hear Her now,
She was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So listen to Diana, and accept Her love.
Hoard not Her gifts : feeling, renewal, music.

A new life is there,
You see Him now,
He was always there,
and you’re forever changed.
So look to Apollo, and receive His light.
Hoard not His gifts : healing, growth, joy.
A new life is there,
Your hands reach it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So touch the earth, and partake of it’s sustenance.
Hoard not it’s gifts : body, green, silence.

A new life is there,
You soar with it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So breathe in the air and gather the wind.
Hoard not it’s gifts : mind, dreams, empathy.

A new life is there,
You’re warmed by it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So build the flame and brave it’s heat.
Hoard not it’s gifts : spirit, will, energy.

A new life is there,
You flow with it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So study the ocean and follow it’s tides.
Hoard not it’s gifts : self, courage, sorrow.

A new life is there,
You’re one with them now,
They were always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So take Their gifts and return them threefold.
Share this magic : friendship, love, trust.

 

NOTES:

Used Yule 2015 in closing ritual

Used Yule 2016 in closing ritual

Yule Morning Mini Ritual

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My UU Pagan group hosts a Winter Solstice service in the church sanctuary each Yule.  It is followed by carols, punch and cookies and culminates in lighting the Yule Log at 9 PM.

Most leave at that point, and some linger for a while.  Then there’s always the small band who go all night tending the fire.

This morning my spouse and I were among the last standing. We put out the last embers of the Yule log fire with a reading and then singing together as we watched the sun rise.

 

For a short closing ritual after being up all night,  we used these below.   Then we bid the corner elements farewell, and parted by reciting “Our Circle is Open.”

Those looking for a simple, short ritual might find it useful.

READING: 

“A Pagan Awakening”  by Jeff A. Bordeaux

A new life is there,
You hear Her now,
She was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So listen to Diana, and accept Her love.
Hoard not Her gifts : feeling, renewal, music.

A new life is there,
You see Him now,
He was always there,
and you’re forever changed.
So look to Apollo, and receive His light.
Hoard not His gifts : healing, growth, joy.
A new life is there,
Your hands reach it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So touch the earth, and partake of it’s sustenance.
Hoard not it’s gifts : body, green, silence.

A new life is there,
You soar with it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So breathe in the air and gather the wind.
Hoard not it’s gifts : mind, dreams, empathy.

A new life is there,
You’re warmed by it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So build the flame and brave it’s heat.
Hoard not it’s gifts : spirit, will, energy.

A new life is there,
You flow with it now,
It was always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So study the ocean and follow it’s tides.
Hoard not it’s gifts : self, courage, sorrow.

A new life is there,
You’re one with them now,
They were always there,
and You’re forever changed.
So take Their gifts and return them threefold.
Share this magic : friendship, love, trust.

SONG:

“Awaken Me” by Abigail Spinner McBride

 

Carolyn’s Party

Song: Carolyn’s Party (Solstice)

Album: Through The Window

words & music by Ann Reed • © 2000 Turtlecub Publishing/BMI

LYRICS

The day was as black as a raven
Winter’s cold breath blowin’ hard
She issued her warm invitation
Printed plain on a simple white card

Bring your lamps and lanterns here
On this last darkest day of the year
Let our hearts be burning bright
Through the window
I’ll see you tonight

Candles and other relations
Waltzed through the door and in time
There were stories of illumination
While aurora went dancin’ outside

There were pictures of lighthouses shining
A red miner’s helmet a-glow
The moon would come out of it’s hiding
Flowin’ down on the cover of snow

A small quiet few sat together
Faces she knew and had spent
Seasons for worse or for better
She raised up her glass, then, to them

And she said: You’re my friends
And wherever life takes me or when
You’re my home, that’s the truth
And the light through the window is you.

LISTEN

Moonchant (Spring)

Album: Moon Chants
Artist: Marie Bruce

See the moon tonight
Smiling down on me
As I cast my circle of infinity
When the moon shines bright
Goddess calls to me
And I dance in the circle of her love
And I dance in the circle of her love

As a lady she tempt us shy with her light
She is modest and pure as she grazes the night
With all her translucence the mother smiles
The bright of her radiance and chants and regards
Shouting loud the crone slowly waits
She fairest of souls as the darkness gains
As I dance in the circle I offer my love
For I bathed in the night for the lady above

Eternal immortal the goddess remains
And the cycle of moonlight begins once again
To the moon tonight
Shining down on me
As I chant in the circle of infinity
Now the moon beams bright
Shining down on me
As I dance with her shadow in the dark
As I sing to the goddess of my heart

Look to the moon tonight
Shining down on me
As I chant in the circle of infinity
As the moon beams bright
Shining down on me
As I dance with the shadow of her love
As I sing to the goddess of my heart
As I sing to the goddess of my heart

LISTEN: