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15 December 2005 @ 03:32 pm
My main hearth culture is the Celts with Irish leanings with the Norse coming in second. I have done some reading and so far it seems Yule was not a holiday for the Celts and may have become a move important day after invasions and influence by the Saxons and then the Romans. Yule did seem like an important holiday to the Norse people. I did read oaths were made on Yule by placing a hand on a bear. I will incorporate this into my ritual. I have many bear symbols, but I will use the carved wooden bear I received as a gift last Yule.

Also, I will focus my research for Yule on the Norse Tradition since the Celts did not have a Yule tradition on their own.
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freyjasdruidfreyjasdruid on January 8th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
Have you ever read _The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles_ by Ron Hutton? Considering what you wrote about your interests, you might like it.

I tend to focus on the Anglo-Saxons in my personal study with some Irish stuff. I like the Old English because it is much easier to learn and pronounce than Old Norse or Irish. One year, an Anglo-Saxon group I worked with worked together to make a wreath on Mother Night of Yule with our hopes for the New Year written on paper in runes woven into the evergreen bits. On 12th night, we burned it, accelerating the flames with some very high alcohol liquor on it so it would be more dramatic. It was one of the best symbolic acts I've found that can actually be accomplished in a modern, suburban environment. I think I'm going to repeat that next year...I might even get the local protogrove to consider the idea. This year I did nothing so dramatic.
Artealartealmoon on January 9th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
That sounds amazing. My Yule celebrations are usually dark, quiet and meditative. I love the symbolism around burning the wreath though.

I have not read the book, but will put it on my wish list. I am very new to all this coming from a eclectic path focusing on Goddesses, but being adopted by Odin while studying the runes. He is not a patron of mine, I have none at this time, but more like an old friend whenever I work with runes. I just began exploring the Anglo-Saxon runes mid-2005, before that I focused exclusively on the Futhark. The Anglo-Saxon runes have fascinated me.

I am still finding my home in a hearth culture. My ancestors are from all over the Caltic and Norse lands, but mostly Celtic. This is why I have focused my energies where I have for now, but will remain up to where my guides, ancestors and the Gods wish to lead me.