|Sassafras Grove (Pittsburgh PA) Yule Rite
||[Dec. 13th, 2006|11:17 am]
An Alternative Spiritual Gathering for Gay&Bi Men
Dear Friends of Sassafras Grove,|
We welcome you to join us for our Yule rite to be held on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at Friends Meeting House, Ellsworth Avenue, Shadyside. All Grove members, Pagans and Pagan-friendly people are welcome to attend. The rite is scheduled to begin at 6:45. We’ll be coordinating our work with the actual moment of the winter solstice, so please be prompt.
Yule is a liminal time between the old year and the new. In Old English the months of December and January were known as "Fore-Yule" and "After-Yule" respectively. This is a time to reflect on the events of the past year and to prepare for the coming year ahead.
This year we’ll celebrate an Old English rite honoring the northern god Ing and his sister, the beautiful Fréo. Woden will be called to open the gates. Ing is the ruler of the elves and controls the sunshine. His sister Fréo is a goddess of passion and abundance. To the Scandinavians these two deities were known as Freyr and Freyja.
You are invited to bring a praise offering for Ing and Fréo. He appreciates fine breads and cheeses. She appreciates flowers, fruits and cakes. Quiet words of thanks are always appropriate as well. (Although ale and mead are traditional offerings NO ALCOHOL is permitted at this site.)
You will also have an opportunity to make an oath for the coming year. This is much like a new year’s resolution, although perhaps more binding.
As always our rites are free and open to the community, but monetary donations to help cover the costs of space rental and ritual supplies are most welcome and will be graciously accepted. Remember, even a dollar can help make the difference between having our costs covered and the members having to pay them out of our own pockets. Support your local Druids!
Please turn off all cell phones and beepers prior to the start of the rite.
For more information, please visit our website at www.sassafrasgrove.org or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scribe, Sassafras Grove, ADF