This holiday was celebrated on the evening before Yule started (mostly the evening of December 20). During Mothernight (Old Norse: Modraniht) nightly sacrifices were made to the “mothers”, the word “mother” referred to female ancestors in this context Midwinter/Yule (*Jegwla = The Yelling): Midwinter, also known as Yule (Anglo-Saxon), Jól[…]

Mothernight: 

At the point of Midwinter, the Queen of Fate gives birth to the Horned Lord — in Wraith form — from the cauldron. Although reborn, the Hero is not yet made manifest. For that He must wait for Imbolc. As you can see, there are definite links to the agricultural[…]

Yule

At Samhain the cauldron is overturned as the womb becomes the tomb, and the Sacred King enters the mound and passes beyond the Veil as Dark Time fall upon us. This Mystery of Death and what lies beyond is worked alongside the more public Mystery of the Wild Hunt, where[…]

Samhain, or Hallows

Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment At Autumn Equinox, the exiled Hero returns to His tribe as Priest-King, to lead them in renewing their commitment to the Hearth and the Heart of the Mysteries. At this point, the Red River of Blood and the white Celestial River of the Milky[…]

Autumn Equinox

A harvest festival with a difference, the Hero makes the ultimate sacrifice, and offers Himself up to Fate, hanging on the Tree, just as Llew — in the form of an eagle — took refuge in a tree after being speared by Geronwy, the lover of Blodwedd. In our rite,[…]

Lammas

For the Sacred King, the Midsummer rite is a time of sacrifice, as He is literally “made sacred” in order to become Priest to His people. The fulfilment of desire behind Him, He lays down His personal desires for the good of the tribe, and makes His future decisions based[…]

Midsummer

This is the festival where we work the Mystery of the Sacred Marriage, the Hieros Gamos. Our hero, having attained manhood, now fulfils his desire by uniting with the Maid. In the process, He transforms Her into the Mother, ensuring the continuation of the Cycle. In many ways, it is[…]

Beltaine, or May Eve

In the story of Llew, his mother, Arianrhod, lays a geas upon Him that He will not receive a name or arms from anyone but her, and it is through the trickery of Gwydion that He attains his rite of passage into manhood. At Spring Equinox, we work the Mystery[…]

Spring Equinox

Most accounts of the Wheel of the Year start with Imbolc or with Yule, and this one is no exception, but it is not an easy place to start. You really have to understand that our Wheel considers the period between Samhain and Imbolc to be the Dark Time, when[…]

Imbolc or Candlemas

Everything hangs on the Wheel. Well, as in most things esoteric, there is more to that statement than meets the eye, but it is true that in this path, the Wheel of the Year creates a powerful framework on which to hang Lore, practice and ritual in a way that[…]

Notable Points on the Path of the King