ז' בחשון תשע"א
Phasma Priscus 9
On Yule and its connection to the sacred circle of the witch, Mike Nichols [The Witches' Sabbats] writes:
"Ultimately, of course, the holiday is rooted deeply in the cycle of the year. It is the Winter Solstice that is being celebrated, seed-time of the year, the longest night and shortest day. It is the birthday of the new Sun King ... On this darkest of nights, the Goddess becomes the Great Mother and once again gives birth. And it makes perfect poetic sense that on the longest night of the winter, 'the dark night of our souls', there springs the new spark of hope, the Sacred Fire, the Light of the World, the COEL COETH.' At the Winter Solstice, the Circle is not yet a Circle; it is a Point. Specifically, it is the point at which spiritual energy manifests itself into the physical world. It is the divine spark, the sacred seed, the single cell, the incarnation, the universe in a mustard seed. In some ways, the Point is more inclusive than the Circle, since the Circle always implies a boundary, and a separation of that which is outside from that which is inside. The Point, however, can symbolize the All. At the Winter Solstice, we bless and purify this tiny dust-mote of Being, this Birth of the Circle, which is also All That Is. The Circle Is A Point."
We can see then that Yule is the perfect Sabbat in which to ground a sacred circle POWER POINT for the year in and with SACRED TIME.
Interestingly in parallel magic, the Hebrew word for the redemption of humankind's collective consciousness is called Geulah (גאולה). The Germanic and Northern European words for YULE - Geul and Giuli - would be spelled in Hebrew גאול and גאולי. The Hebrew shoresh (three letter root) of all these words is גול (gule, yule, jul) meaning rejoice! and express joy!
This joy filled Yuletide COEL COETH witch's altar ladder and handfasting cord is handcrafted with two types of burgundy satiny ribbon, handmade emerald green silk sari ribbon, 9 burgundy glass point-beads (where 9 is the diameter of a witch's sacred circle and represents the expansion and evolution of the Winter Solstice Point into a sacred line and into a sacred circle), a silver pewter Holly charm, a silver pewter pentacle and 24 knots (where 24 is the number of mystical forces represented in the Futhark Runic alphabet).
The cord measures 56 inches, where 56 is the gematria-numerology of the magical Hebrew word כול meaning "All" (see above) and "whole."
Blessed be our circles this Yuletide, every one, with the amazing sacred power and joy of Yule.
Comes beautifully packaged.
This magical ladder may be purchased at WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu.