‘Twas the Night Before Yule

'Twas the night before Yule, and all through the houseNot a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;The children were tucked into bed with great care,They lay hoping that Woden soon would be there; Cookies and milk were left out for Father Yule,Because it is said that a gift for a gift is the rule.The … Continue reading ‘Twas the Night Before Yule

Wassail – A History, Ritual, and Recipe

The tradition of wassailing is old and very English. It took place in winter, usually sometime near the New Year or near Twelfth Night but the dates vary by region so there's really no one right night to wassail. It was and indeed is a folkloric custom that survived and persisted all the way into … Continue reading Wassail – A History, Ritual, and Recipe

Against the Sassites

Every Easter, Midsummer, and Yule a very curious and indeed annoying thing happens. From seemingly every corner these three times a year in particular a small but vocal cohort of heathenry crops up to tell everyone they’re doing it wrong – enter the Sassites. The Sassites follow a peculiarly restrictive and seemingly joyless vision of … Continue reading Against the Sassites

Yule Blot

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 … Continue reading Yule Blot

Yule – Tis the Season

Yule falls every year essentially on the winter solstice. The evening before would technically begin Yule as time was reckoned differently on the evenings and not on the mornings as can be seen on holdovers like "Christmas eve". Yule proper would then encompass the entire night before and day of. While this is the official … Continue reading Yule – Tis the Season