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Winter Solstice Festival : Yule Log Crafts and Magic
December 18, 2012, 6:44 pm
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For ancient Germanic and Celtic people, the impulse to celebrate solstice was the same as for their neighbours to the south , a celebration of the cycle of nature and a reaffirmation of the continuation of life.

Yule means “feast” or maybe”wheel” . Midwinter Solstice is the time of year when we experience our shortest day and longest night – the sun is at its lowest point in the sky at noon.

I am pleased to share with you this interesting blog previously posted on Love of the Goddess. (All rights reserved by the author).
The Yule log was used by the Celts in their Yule celebrations and rituals. It was usually made from an Oak tree, and decorated with evergreens, mistletoe and holly. Burning the Yule log comes to us from the tradition of the Yule bonfire which symbolized the power of the sun, which was thought to be reborn at the Winter Solstice.

There are many different crafts and magical rituals you can do with a Yule log. For your Yule ritual, take a log of oak or pine (really anything you can get easily) Cut out three holes on the top, you can cover it with some varnish or sealant so it wont dry out. Now put three chime candles in, colors of red, black and white to represent the Goddess. Now you can use this for your Yule ritual! You can also take your Yule log on the night of Yule, carve some symbols in it representing your hopes for the coming year, decorate it with some red ribbon and holly, and then burn it to release its powers.

Making and using a Yule log can become a great family tradition! Kids love making holiday crafts and it’s a good way to introduce them to your Pagan faith. A great little craft to do with kids, is to make mini Yule log ornaments. You can give these away as gifts for Yule, or just simply hang them on your own tree.

Mini Yule Log Ornaments

*A stick about 3 in long
*Red yarn or ribbon
*Small feathers
*Small pieces of evergreen like pine, holly, fir
*Seed beads in your choice of colors
*Hot glue gun

Decorate each small log with the feathers, evergreens and seed beads. Tie a piece of red yarn or ribbon around the center and knot it in a bow. To hang as a tree ornament, add a small ornament hook or a bent paperclip.

These are very easy to make and fun too!
Enjoy making your Yule log family traditions!

Yule log ornaments is from About.com

A quote from Celtic Sprite:Traditionally the Yule log was lit with the saved stump of last year’s log, and then it was burnt over the twelve days of the winter celebration, and its ashes and stump were kept until the following year to sprinkle on the new log, so that the fortune would be passed on from year to year.

Yule is attested early in the history of the Germanic peoples; from the 4th century Gothic language it appears in the month name “fruma jiuleis”.

The etymological pedigree of the word, however, remains uncertain, though numerous speculative attempts have been made to find Indo-European cognates outside the Germanic group.

About AD 730, the English historian Bede wrote that the Anglo-Saxon calendar included the months geola or giuli corresponding with either modern December or December and January.[3] He gave December 25 as the first day of the heathen year and wrote that the Anglo-Saxons celebrated all night long to honor the Germanic
divine “mothers”:
They began the year with December 25, the day some now celebrate as Christmas; and the very night to which we attach special sanctity they designated by the heathen term Mōdraniht, that is, the mothers’ night — a name bestowed, I suspect, on account of the ceremonies they performed while watching this night through.

Chris Cawell: A charitable gathering for a leading Harpist and Harper
December 9, 2012, 4:49 am
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I share with you some bitter news… concerning our dearest Chris Caswell… a leading harper and wonderful musician… the news were spread by my friend Danny Canahan… hope some of you would love to give a little help… Hereby is the mail excerpt

Never Matter what will happen tomorrow… you spirit will always be with us …and will always keep on shining… your are part of our deepest feelings and your music will stand by our hearts for ever in this life….wherever our paths lead us.. we shall meet together once again….Keep on shining for us as always ☼
Photo: Never Matter what will happen tomorrow... you spirit will always be with us ...and will always keep on shining... your are part of our deepest feelings and your music will stand by our hearts for ever in this life....wherever our paths lead us.. we shall meet together once again....Keep on shining for us as always ☼
(here’s Caswell Carnahan in 1999, having, as usual, a hell of a good time)

“I hope all your holidays are happy, healthy, and festive this year. Saundra and Teddy and I certainly are enjoying the season and looking forward to all the lights and trees and menorahs and presents and cookies and family gatherings that the near future promises.

But I need to write you all today with a bit of sad news. Chris Caswell, my friend of many years and Caswell Carnahan partner back in our youth, has aggressive and unforgiving abdominal cancer. Being more optimistic than his doctors, he is expecting to be with us for more than a few months, but he is increasingly ill and is working hard to finish building a few harps and to tie up his karmic loose ends. The musical community has risen up amazingly on Chris’s behalf, learning of his situation and the dire financial straits in which this lands him and his family. He is getting daily support with meals and dog-walking and other mundanities and some money has come in, though a great deal more is needed.

So we’ve all banded together and booked two benefit evenings for Chris, one at the Dickens Fair in the Cow Palace, Saturday, December 22nd, and one at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley on Monday, February 4th. All comers are welcome and all proceeds will go directly to Chris and family. Dozens of performers, many of whom have shared the stage with Chris over the years, will be featured at both events (Chris, too, if he can) and more events are likely to be scheduled to accommodate the many who weren’t able to take part in these first two.

Many of you remember Chris from our Celtic romp together 30 years ago. Many know him from his teaching and performing and harp building and mentoring through the years. Chris occupies a singular place in my musical life and I will be forever in his debt. So I am happy to help coordinate the Freight show and get the word out to the wider world.

If you’d like to learn more about the Freight show, you will shortly be able to visit the Freight website and get information on who will be performing (me, certainly, and a whole slew of my talented friends) and buy tickets.

For more information on the Dickens Fair show, which I understand will be an evening concert after the Fair ends on Saturday, please contact Danese Cooper at: danese@gmail.com

And if you have any extra charitable change jingling in your pockets this season, you can always pop on over to PayPal and give whatever you’d like directly to Chris by addressing a gift to: Resolve@sonic.net

Chris’s family will get 100% of all PayPal gifts.

Chris has brightened many of our lives. His illness just further proves that life ain’t fair. So please join me in hugging our loved ones and counting our blessings. And may the rest of your holiday news be happy. We send all our love to you!

Never Matter what will happen tomorrow… you spirit will always be with us …and will always keep on shining… your are part of our deepest feelings and your music will stand by our hearts for ever in this life….wherever our paths lead us.. we shall meet together once again….Keep on shining for us as always ☼”

Celtic Poems: "The Butterfly Book Of Celtic Poems" [Paperback Edition]
December 3, 2012, 12:38 am
Filed under: Celtic Poems

I am glad to let you know that a Paperback Edition of my work “The Butterfly Book Of Celtic Poems” has recently been launched. For this occasion I have featured a cute extended version of the original Kindle format, embelished now withsome  related digital artworks of my own, which makes the edition more interesting and attractive!…

List Price: $9.99
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
Full Color on White paper
60 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1478390190 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1478390190
BISAC: Poetry / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

“The Butterfly Book Of Celtic Poems” Paperback Edition is a cute extended version of the original Kindle format, embelished now with assorted digital artworks created by the author.

Butteflies have always been associated to the Goddess, Mother Nature,and particularly conceived as Messengers of the Otherworld. 

While reading the poems collected on this book we experience the same symbolism, enhancing our reading with an enjoyable Celtic voyage. We transport ourselves to the very same places described in them and it is then that we perceive vivid visual and auditory images.

As we read these poems we can taste the spirit of the Celtic heritage.

And we can feel the passion of a man, a poet, a bard, whose knowledge on the subject is so broad and who helps to keep this glorious past alive.

And we can hear the music of harps, of bagpipes, whistles and drums;the cries for freedom, the thundering waves in the sea, the roaring of the mighty boars.

We can even enjoy the bonfires as they light up the sky.Each verse echoes with legends of old, bringing that past into our present. We can almost hear words uttered in the old language.

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