The Oak King-Holly King Ritual
by Yasmine Galenorn ©2001
During Litha, there seem to be two main focuses-one is the Midsummer
Faerie aspect, which I explored in a ritual sometime back. Here
is another focus-the Oak King/Holly King duality. Here we have
the changeover from Waxing Year to Waning Year and so I devised a
ritual which celebrates both the ascendancy of the Holly King and the
death of the Oak King. This ritual is from my book, Dancing
With The Sun-you may not reprint it without permission.
This ritual, taking place at sunrise on the Summer Solstice, requires
some advance planning and practice, but is a striking ritual to perform.
One man will represent the Holly King and one man the Oak King.
If they are married, their wives will represent the Oak and Holly
wives, if not--then choose other women from your group for these parts.
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Yasmine's Summer Solstice ritual please click here
Descent To The Underworld A
By Yasmine Galenorn©
During the waning half of the year, we encounter the energy of
sacrifice, of descent into the Underworld. The three harvests, the
Grain Harvest of Lughnasadh, the Harvest of Fruits at Mabon and the
Harvest of Meat at Samhain, represent the dying cycle of the year,
the turning of the Wheel to more barren times. Life at one time was
far more precarious than it is now; our ancestors relied on the
harvests to see them through the icy parts of the year. Our forebears
were never sure whether the world would come through the hard times
or not each season; weather being unpredictable; life never being
stable. If there was not enough grain, fruit, meat..........they
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Yasmine Galenornorn's Samhain ritual please click here.
Midsummer Ritual Faerie Magic Ritual
by Yasmine Galenorn©
Several years back, I wrote this ritual and we
performed it on Midsummer's Night Eve. It was wonderful, magickal and
strong. I will someday include this in a book, so it's not for the
publishing, but I hope you enjoy performing it and that it helps you
tune into the faerie energy. It works best with a larger group (at
least 15) of people. Sections of this are taken from my book,
Embracing The Moon, and may not be reproduced without credit given.
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the entire ritual.