Ring Out, Solstice Bells

(Jethro Tull – 1976)

Now is the solstice of the year,
winter is the glad song that you hear.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Have the lads up ready in a line.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Join together beneath the mistletoe.
by the holy oak whereon it grows.
Seven druids dance in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.

Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.

Praise be to the distant sister sun,
joyful as the silver planets run.
Seven maids move in seven time.
Sing the song the bells call, loudly chiming.

Ring out those bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.
Ring on, ring out.

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Festival of Light

by New Troubadors

(Words by David Spangler; Music by Milenko Matanovic)

LYRICS

This is the Festival, the Festival of Light

Sing for the candles burning brightly through the night

Sing for the light abroad that guides our destiny

Sing for the light of love that builds community

 

Sing for the wise ones, men and women who

Light up our way with visions that are true

Sing for our children who are candles of the dawn

Giving us the promise that our light will carry on

 

This is the festival, the festival of light

Sing for the love that shall make this world ignite

A flame with a beauty that awakes in every heart

Sing for the will that can make that fire start

 

Follow the light that leads within us to the birth

Of love and harmony, and peace for all upon the earth

 

We are the festival, we are the light

We are the candles burning brightly in the night

 

We are the festival, we are the light

We are the candles burning brightly in the night

 

We are the festival, we are the light

We are the candles burning brightly in the night

NOTES

Used many times for the Annual Winter Solstice Service.  Esp the first one in 1994.

http://lorianpress.com/troubs.htm

 

#58 Ring Out Wild Bells

 

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild, wild sky,
the flying cloud, the frosty light:
the year is dying in the night;
ring out, wild bells, and let it die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
ring, happy bells, across the snow:
the year is going, let it go;
ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
for those that here we see no more;
ring out the feud of rich and poor;
ring in redress to humankind.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
the civic slander and the spite;
ring in the love of truth and right;
ring in the common love of good.

NOTES

http://farfringe.com/stlt58-ring-out-wild-bells/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_Out,_Wild_Bells

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Solstice Song

Song by Denise Jordan Finley

I heard your voice upon the wind
As northerly it came
Now I see your face again
As you call out your name

When I feel your frosty breath
Tears will fall like snow
Who will melt your heart of ice
Who can only know

The musky scent of earth’s decay
Hangs heavy on the breeze
Breezes turn to winds one day
And rock the very trees

When you rage through rusty woods
Leaves will fall like rain
Who can calm your heart so cruel
Who can only name

When the ring around the moon
Lends beauty to the night
Planets circle round the sun
And bask in borrowed light

If a taste of spring should wake
What winter white would quell
Who can own the mystery
Who can only tell

Twelve Days of Solstice

Tune: Twelve Days of Chrismas

Words by by Carusone

“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.

  1. A Circle ’round a Pine Tree
  2. Two pointed Horns
  3. Three Silver Cups
  4. Four Pentagrams
  5. Five Magick Rings
  6. Six Critters Fetching
  7. Seven Candles Glowing
  8. Eight Fires Blazing
  9. Nine Herbs a-Brewing
  10. Ten Stones a-Standing
  11. Eleven Brooms a-Flying
  12. Twelve Witches Dancing

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Last Hour Ritual

LAST HOUR RITUAL – Purify People and Tools

(Find 5 people to carry tools — air = blade, fire = staff, water = goblet, earth = salt dish, spirit = rose quartz)

These tools have been used in the service of the Holy Ones. In this last hour before we strip them down and rededicate them anew, they serve us one last time in this last hour in their present form as we walk the labyrinth. As willing and able, please join us in our chant.

PREPARE YOURSELF

Prepare yourself.
Prepare yourself.
Breathe now, be now.
Open the way.

PURIFICATION PRAYER (At start of labyrinth)

May I be pure that I might cross through the sacred

May I cross through the sacred that I might attain the holy

May I attain the holy that I might be blessed in all things.*

(offer frankincense oil or plain, walk labyrinth in silence, return with same chant)

STRIP TOOLS

Return tools to altar positions.

Cat: (Remove Rune ribbon.) We invite Mystic Grove members to step forward to help remove ribbons from the staff and place new ones. (Place old ribbons in wishes bag with wishes)

Mary: By air and fire, I cleanse you. (smudge around the table of tools)

Cat: By water and earth, I cleanse you. (sprinkle salt water around around the table of tools)

Placing element stones:

Air, I place you on one side, where you can bless and protect these tools.

Fire, I place you on one side, where you can bless and protect these tools.

Water, I place you on one side, where you can bless and protect these tools.

Earth, I place you on one side, where you can bless and protect these tools.

Spirit, (rose heart) I place you around and in the center, all through, where you can bless and protect these tools as if it were yourself.

We separate you from mundane use by these words spoken in the presence of the Holy. We dedicate you to its service.*

(J take staff and draw circle around fire)

As willing and able please repeat after me:

We are here
We are here
We are here
and here is where we will worship the Holy Ones

The time is now
The time is now
The time is now
And now is when we will worship the Holy Ones
Never denying the Holiness of Here
Never denying the Holiness of Now
Never denying the presence of the Holy Ones in all Heres and Nows*

We offer last year’s ribbons and last Samhain’s prayers to the holy ones through fire. As willing and able, please lift your voices in song. As willing and able, please charge our wish bag with positive thoughts and pass to the next person before we send it on its way.

HELD IN THE HEART

(Chorus)
We are here
We are held
We are are holy
We are home

Here in the heart of this holy moment
Held in the dark of the womb
Held in the hands of our sisters and brothers
Here in the light of the moon

Here in the heart of this holy moment
Held in the light of the sun
Held in the hands of our sisters and brothers
Here in the heart of the one.

Burn the bag.

THE SOLSTICE TEACHES US

By David Breeden

The Solstices teach us
that darkness comes,
that darkness goes.

The Solstices teach us
that light comes,
that light goes.

The Solstices teach us,
calmly, silently, to be
calm, silent. Learning.

The Solstices teach us
as we circle the sun
that everything flies.

The Solstices teach us
to remember the dark,
to remember the light,
to remember time.
The seasons. And love
as we circle the sun.

So mote it be.

NOTE:

*various prayers by Ceisiwr Serith

Silver Moon

(Tune: 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 handles
Give a flickering glow
As the witches weave magickal treasures.

Touching changing, changing touching
This is Diana’s scene
And with all the blessings you hear:

Silver moon, Mother moon
It’s Goddess time in the city.
Circling, hear them sing,
Soon it will be Solstice Day!

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