Full Moon Ritual/Yule
This ritual is intended for the Solitary. It is a private worship ritual, and is written so you can apply your own personal Spiritual Path to this.
Though I love the out-of-doors and would hope we could all do this under this special "Full long night moon", location and/or weather may dictate an indoor ritual. I have made this so it can be done anywhere, by as little as one or one and a special friend or two, with as few extra necessities as possible.
I kept the candles, one for each direction. Outside, this would seem all you really need, though if you are in a public place, candles may be out of the question also. You really need none of the trappings, all you need is yourself. All other materials are optional. But I thought the candles would be nice outside, protected in a votive holder or a candle box or fairy light, in case there is wind. Of course, if the place you are worshiping in is your own yard, then decorate for the season. Or, if it is indoors, again, go as decorative as you want, or as sparse as you want. What ever makes you feel "Yulish".
I kept this Ritual generic. Add the names of your God and/or Goddess or the names of the Elements or Directions as applies to your own chosen path. I wanted to be as simple as I could so as not to get tied into fancy planning, or extra work instead of concentrating on the Spiritual aspect of the ritual. Easy wording, simple prayer, and as much left to you as possible, so it will end up being YOUR ritual.
A Full Moon/Yule Ritual For the Solitary/Semi-Solitary
First, set your circle, walking around the circle three times deosil. Chanting is nice here, maybe one you already know, maybe the one I have written here
Here the circle I do cast
Call the elements to bind it fast
Beyond the boundaries of Time and Space
I/We create here a Sacred Place
Where none but love has entered in
And with Love I/we now begin.
Face the east, light the candle
Face the south, light the candle
Face the west, light the candle
Face north, light the candle
Standing in the center of the circle at this point, Call upon the God and/or Goddess to join your circle.
I/We welcome the God to my/our circle this Yule; the Ivy King, the Winter King, the Sage. Bless my/our celebration, grace me/us with your presence this night, bless my/our circle.
I/We welcome the Goddess to my/our circle this Yule, the Great Moon Mother Goddess, the Winter Queen, the Crone. Bless my/our celebration, grace me/us with your presence this night, bless my/our circle.
Now the circle is complete.
This Yule is special, as it is also a Full Moon, the time when we ask the Lady for something if we have a need. This is the time to ask for what you may need, or something someone near and dear to you may need.
This is a time to meditate upon the meaning of Yule, the Gift of Life, the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Ask if you have a need, request for another if you wish and concentrate on the gift you request and what it is for and what it means to you and to all. This can be done as a group request, or as a personal request.
The next is a meditation on the God and Goddess. You can do this meditation alone or discuss it with your small gathering.
This is a time to listen in your heart for the words of the Mother. She speaks to those who listen and have open minds and open hearts. Listen carefully and She will speak to you. So will the God, if you are receptive to Him too. Together they will tell you of Their love for Their children, of Their promise of rebirth. They will hold your hand and lead you through your many lives. They will be there to hold you when you need comfort, to give you the spark of inspiration when you need to know, and They will wrap you in Their cloak of Love when you feel the world is a cold place. Think upon Them, find the place inside of you where They are a part of you. They are your Mother and Father, you are their children. They love you, as you love Them.
Now, gather into yourself all the warmth this circle brings to you, all the energy you feel from this is yours to draw upon. Fill yourself, and when you have taken all the energy you feel you need, it is time to release the rest to the Mother Earth, so She can use it where it will do the most good. Release it, and ground yourself. Touch the earth, go deep into Her soul, feel her. And smile.
Rest now, and meditate on Her goodness. This is a good time for the cakes and ale, or cookies and juice, or what ever Yule feast you have.
Some fruit and wine, some nuts... just remember to share with those elements you have called here, spill some wine/juice on the earth, and leave some food on the ground for them. If indoors, place some wine and food on a plate, and take it outside after....
Now is the time to dismiss the powers you have called
Lord and/or Lady, I/we thank you for joining our circle this evening, bringing your love, joy and warmth to us. Stay if you want, go if you must. Please come back again and always be welcome here.
Face north, extinguish the candle
Face west, extinguish the candle
Face south, extinguish the candle
Face east, extinguish the candle
Walk three times round your circle widdershins, releasing the circle. A chant is nice, but I am rather fond of this closing....
The circle is open, but never broken. Merry meet, merry part and merry we meet again.
Now is the time for a good hearty meal for yourself, or if you have some friends or a special friend, or your lover, this is the time for a good feast, and to exchange gifts.
Remember, if you did this alone it is a special time for you too. Did you buy something special for yourself? Now is the time to wear it, or listen to it, or read it, or whatever.....
Have a most Happy Yule! Enjoy the many Blessings of the Season!