This Yule ritual is intentionally shorter than my usual fare for a couple of different reasons. First, it is cold outside. Second, we have enjoyed having a gift exchange and a symbel. The one begs for less time outside, the second begs for more time for the inside activities. Therefore, we get this short and sweet blot and still have time for a gift exchange and symbel afterwards.
May the gods guide us,
May our oaths keep us,
May our deeds free us,
May our ancestors aid us always.
May the gods banish from this land and wood all ill and wrong,
Hallow this space, shield this area from all baneful wights,
Let the gods’ blessing be over our heads!
(Light central fire)
Gather near the fire here, friends, warm yourselves against the chill in this land. Six months have passed since Midsummer and we have gathered this day in darker times. The sun rose this day, the shortest day, and tonight she rides to face the darkness at its darkest and the night at its longest. Tonight begins Yule, for tomorrow the sun will begin to increase her pace and ride.
But tonight, she makes her most dangerous ride, through the long night. Tonight, we will see her pace hasten, her light is fighting back the darkness of winter. Her fight against the shadows has just begun and daybreak will show it true. We make merry and light fires this night to shine that same light and joy out against the dark and cold.
We call to and welcome you Sunne,
To thee, Sunne, day rider, hail!
To thee, brightener, shiner, awakener, hail!
To thee, goddess of sunny summer so bright, hail!
To thee, sister to the shadowy moonlight, hail!
Sunne, we welcome your ride this Yule night
Warm the earth, thaw the chill with bright light
Today, shortest of days, we give thanks to you
For the warmth and joy your light does imbue’
Yule renews our pledge that your gifts to man
Shall never be forgotten, long our nights span
Never for granted, though cold our days may be
Let none forget today the gift that was Sunne to see.
Your ride to take back the day begins tonight
Ride hard, goddess of sunny summer so bright,
Ride fast, Sunne, shining day rider,
Ride true, brightener, awakener.
(With the horn)
Take this horn of golden mead and think on the return of the radiant sun.
Remember the blessings of the Sun, on darkest days.
(Mark with the ᛞ rune)
From the gods, to the earth, to us
From us, to the earth, to the gods
A gift has been given, may it be well received
So let it be.
This Yule we bring ourselves close together and brighten our halls with smiles and lights where they had been lacking above. Come! Let’s gift one another, let us Symbel! We will toast and boast!