Branching out and blossoming forth at Yule

Consort of the Goddess and symbol of male energy in divine form, The Horned God is born again at every winter solstice. He is the King of the Wood, of the hunt and wild beasts.  As an aspect of the Green Man – god of plants and new life – he represents fertility incarnate, and…

Crown yourself with Candles

This would be a good night to wreath yourself with candles and lights, as it is Saint Lucia’s Day. Celebrated on 13th December in honour of a 3rd-century martyr who took food and aid to the persecuted as they hid in the catacombs, she wore a lighted headdress to leave her hands free to carry…

Chocolate Logs, Marzipan Mushrooms & Crowned Cakes

Cakes & Ale is the most often performed ritual within witchcraft, as well as one of the most ancient in practice, and consists of the sharing of food and drink among sorcières to mark a gathering. The concept of sharing a meal with someone to show goodwill dates back to prehistory and is symbolic of…

Holly & Ivy & Horned Gods

The traditional celebrations of Yule involve so many of the minor and major gods with their associated traditions/symbolism and multiple identities that to the casual observer it looks like a cross between a class reunion, a family party, and one of those horror stories where people go walking down long dark hallways and meet themselves…