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Preparing Your Magical Wreath

O the Ivy O, she’s the Queen of old,
And the Holly he is red.

Hang ‘en high in the farm,

and us won’t come to no harm

Till the Christmas days be told.

— Traditional carol from Somerset

Both the design and materials of your Solstice wreath can invoke magic. As I explained before, the circular shape is one of the most ancient sacred symbols, while the evergreens or other materials you choose also may have energetic significance.

Since your wreath will not be hanging, but laid upon an altar or table, you can simply tuck all kinds of magical plants and symbols into it. For instance, laurel has been used since the Roman Empire as a symbol for victory. Cedar is sacred to the God and suggests strength and healing, while pine is an ancient protector that brings both healing and prosperity. Fir grants us inspiration, and since ancient times the yew has been a symbol of immortality and viewed as a protector of the dead.

During the dark and barren days of winter, holly was always prized for its fresh green leaves and bright berries, signifying the green of growth and fertility, with its red berries being the life force of blood. The holly (or holy tree) is a tree of hope, and represents the Holly King, who will be defeated by the Oak King at Solstice. The Romans used holly in their Solstice celebrations known as the Saturnalia.

Of course, one of the most magical combinations you can create is the intertwining of holly and ivy. Ivy’s black berries, symbolizing night and darkness mingle with Holly’s blood red fruit. In many carols, tales and folk traditions, holly is the king or the God, who battles with the Oak King at each Solstice. Ivy is His Queen or the Goddess. Together, they are the sacred marriage and bring powerful blessings and protection.

Between now and Sunday, you need only make your wreath and gather five candles. Four of the candles will be placed in the quarter directions around the wreath’s periphery, and a fifth candle will be in the center.

The colors and type of candles are up to you. The simplest choice is to use five white candles (tea candles perhaps). Or you might want to use a yellow candle for East (Air), a red candle for South (Fire), a blue candle for West (Water), and a green candle for North (Earth) with a fifth candle in the center for Spirit (Mystery). A black, white or purple candle would be a good choice, but let your heart be your guide.

On Sunday morning, I will post the details for the first part of the spell. I hope you can join me here, but if you are unable to (because you can only log in from work, for instance), you can go here to read the synopsis of last year’s working.

I hope you will join us in this magic on Sunday, and each week prior to the Solstice.

Meantime —

The last day of each month is sacred to Hecate, ancient and mighty Triple Goddess of the crossroads, Queen of the Witches, and protector of women. She should be especially revered at this time of the deepening dark of the year in Her aspect as the Crone Goddess. In ancient times, worshippers would leave a “Hecate’s Supper” at triple crossroads, as offerings to Her.

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  • December 2, 2007, 11:28 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    By the way…I love this picture. Did you notice the family portrait hung on the wall in the background? 🙂
    — Beth