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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Planning a Solstice Dinner

Winter Solstice

I am having two friends over for Solstice Dinner with my husband.  So I'm planning what we are going to have and how to honor the holy-day.

Basic Ritual Format

I will be truncating a basic ritual format, because we don't know each other well, and I want to keep it simple.  But here are a few things I've found to include:
Smudge prayer to the four directions: 
"We call on the Spirit of Sage to drive away negativity from our circle.
 Spirit of the East, Great Spirit of Air, Bring peace and inspire this circle.
 Spirit of the South, Great Spirit of Fire, energize and protect this circle.
 Spirit of the West, Great Spirit of Water, bring purity and cleanse this circle.
 Spirit of the North, Great Spirit of Earth, ground and strengthen this circle.
 Great Father Sky, guard this circle from above.
 Great Mother Earth, nurture this circle from below."
"This is a nice ritual you can do with friends or family. You begin by placing on a table, one large unlit candle and various smaller unlit candles for each person present. Turn off all the lights and spend a moment in darkness, remembering and honoring the Sun’s light. Then whomever is leading, can light the main big candle an offer a blessing. After that each can come and light their candle from the main flame and all candles can be placed in a circle or spiral around the main one. Once all candles are lit, a song, blessing or “Happy Solstice” can be offered in unison."  
Fire Releasing 
"This can be done as a personal ceremony or with a group. Begin by giving out small pieces of paper and pencils so each can write down what they want to release. When all have written down what they wish to release, all can gather around a fire, and each can in turn come to the fire and throw their paper in." 

Tools and Ritual Components

The Victorian Grimoire

Ritual Soap: Frankincense and myrrh with a hint of bayberry.
Annointing Oil: Pine and anise to repel negative energy and herald the return of joy.
Ritual Cup: Egg nog decorated with a sprig of holly.
Altar Decorations: Evergreens, holly and mistletoe can bedeck the halls while pine branches may be place to mark the circle. Aquamarine place on the altar will bring motivation and courage, while an opal passed hand to hand shares hope for the spring to come.
Clothing: Stay warm! Wear heavy robes of green and red to help the sun continue it's journey.
Cakes: Cookies! Nothing warms the child within like good, old-fashioned sugar cookies with anise frosting.  Gingerbread and plumb pudding were also Victorian favorites.


photo courtesy of thedabble via C.C. License at FlickrEasy Nonalcoholic Wassail
2 cups cranberry juice
2/3 cup white sugar
7 cups water
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp. whole allspice
1 tbsp. whole cloves
1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
2 (20 ounce) cans pineapple juice
6 fluid ounces frozen concentrated fruit punch
In a large pot over medium heat, combine the cranberry juice, sugar and water. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Place the cinnamon, allspice, and clove into a cheesecloth bag and tie shut. Add to the liquid and simmer 20 minutes. Remove spice bag and add fruit juices. Serve hot.

Yule Log Cake (gluten free)

Gingerbread (gluten free)

Other really great recipes here:


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