Saturday December 17, 2011
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
13 miles west of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
10 am - 7pm
Come enjoy a day of celebration! Renew bonds with old friends and make new friends! There will be gift giving, feasting, helping the less fortunate, sacred flames, greens, and merriment! Dress in reds, greens, and golds and come enjoy yourself!
Articles, rituals, & more about Winter Solstice lore & traditions
Celebrating the Seasons: Winter Solstice
Read More about all the Winter Solstice activities happening around Circle!
Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in the Healing Arts, Native American and Shamanic traditions, Corirose is a singer and song-writer with a dedication to spiritual awakening. She loves to co-create ceremony and music, and offers individual and group transformational healing work.
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Schedule of Events
||Open for arrivals
Circle Resource Shop open for Yuletide Shopping
Canned Goods Charity Food Drive donations accepted
||Yuletide Ancestors Candlelight Welcome
Join Selena Fox in this multicultural Pagan rite of kindling candles to welcome blessings of Ancestors. Participants should bring a votive candle & a symbol of some ancestral heritage for the altar.
|10 am - Noon
||Make your own Sigillaria with Meghan & Blodie
Sigillaria: little images or figures of earthenware exposed for sale, or given as presents, on the last two days of the Saturnalia. We will be making flat, oval faces, of salt dough for the Dionysia, to be hung on a pine tree, wreath or swag. Supplies will be provided but time is limited. We bake promptly at noon.
|11 am - 12:30 pm
||Wreath-Making with Blodewedd
Blodewedd returns to lead us in working with greenery to create swathes and wreaths to hang over the doorways and windows of our homes! Bring a pair of work gloves to use. If you have some, bring lots of evergreen prigs to use & share. If you wish bring a bow, pine cones, or other decorations for your greenery. Wreath frames and some greens will be provided.
Please let us know if you intend to join the Wreath-Making, so that enough supplies will be available. Also, let us know if you can bring evergreen sprigs to contribute to the supply.
||Mid-day Snacking and Merriment
Come and enjoy a concert by Corirose & Lucinda from St.Louis! You'll also be able to join in with some Yule Caroling!
||Saturnalia! Merry Mithrasmas! Roman Pagan Winter Solstice Festivities - Selena Fox
Learn about ancient Roman Pagan celebrations of Winter Solstice, Saturnalia revelries, and ways that these traditions continue in the USA and around the world today as part of Pagan Yuletide, Christmas, and New Year's festivities.
||Ivy the Elf, will entwine you with her tales. Yule learn about evergreens, holly, ivy and mistletoe from Nordic and Greek mythology as well as Christian legends. Kristia has 25 years experience as an elf!
||Winter Solstice Rite with Selena Fox & MoonFeather
||Winter Solstice Gift Circle
|5:30 - 6:30 pm
||Yule Candlelight Feast & Toast to the Ancestors
Bring a dish of already prepared food for this potluck dinner. Bring one or more red, green, white, or gold votive candles in votive glasses to adorn the tables and to bring Yuletide blessings back home with you.
||Clean-up and Departures
Things to bring:
- 3 or more cans of food to donate to Circle's annual food drive
- Magical gift to exchange: please write your name and something about the spiritual significance of the gift on a card (so that the receiver of your gift can thank you) and wrap the card and the gift in opaque paper (that can't be seen through)
- Contribution for potluck feast. See details: www.circlesanctuary.org/events/potluck.html
- Dress in holiday colors (red, green, or white), if you want.
- Bell to ring during the ritual
- Drum, rattle, or other rhythm instrument
- Stone for the Stone Circle (optional)
NOTE: Pets, firearms and illegal drugs are prohibited on Circle property.