Rebirth of the Sun
Alban Arthuan ~ Midwinter ~ Yule ~ Winter Solstice
Alban Arthuan is one of the happiest times of the year. After
the darkness of Samhain, the spark is ignited and with it comes the awareness that all is not dead, but will soon start anew.
The Sabbat begins at Sunset with the lighting of a great bonfire. Yule logs are gathered and decorated with the greenery
of the season: holly, ivy, mistletoe and pine. The greenery is carried on into the home as a symbol of immortality.
Poinsettias in deep red color symbolize the beauty of the goddess as she accepts the spark of the god and conceives the child
who will be their son. Cloves are stuck into Oranges symbolizing the union, and these wonderfully scented gems are hung
in the home for their scent and for remembrance. A sprig of holly is placed on the altar or on the mantle and symbolizes
good luck. Stalks of wheat are tied and stacked against the home to symbolize the seed that the goddess now carries
within her. The seed within her will grow into the son for nourishment of our spirits, while the seed of the wheat will
grow into bread for the nourishment of our bodies. A dinner feast is prepared for celebration and will include red meat,
root vegetables, cakes and cider. A tree is brought into the house and decorated with color and light and should remain
lit until the Sunrise when it is appropriate to go outside and watch the Sun rise above the horizon while thinking of the
union of the Dagda and Brigit or The All That Is and Sophia. Prayers should be said at this time and meditations on
releasing and resolving negative feelings and past mistakes dominate the morning. The seed has been planted - the spark
lives - it is time to rejoice!
Pagan Deities: the Dagda - Brigit - Lugh
Colors: Red, Green
Customs: Yule Logs, Christmas Trees, Holly & Ivy, Kissing Under
Mistletoe, Needfire at Dawn Vigil, Bell Ringing, Sleigh Bells, Santa
Symbols: Yule Tree, Pine Branches, Stag Horns,
Sacred Foods: White Wine, White Cakes, Bitter Herbs, Mints
Herbs: Ash, Bay, Blessed Thistle, Chamomile, Frankincense, Holly, Juniper, Mistletoe,
Pine, Cedar, Sandalwood, and Mint.