A symbol of the season, such as a representation of of a snowflake, a white flower, or perhaps some snow in a crystal container can be placed on the altar.  An orange candle anointed with musk, cinnamon, frankincense, or rosemary oil, unlit, should also be there.  Snow can be melted and used for the water during the circle casting.  Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the circle.  Invoke the Goddess and God. Say such words as the following:

This is the time of the feast of torches,

when every lamp blazes and shines

to welcome the rebirth of the God.

I celebrate the Goddess, I celebrate the God:

all the earth celebrates

beneath its mantle of sleep.

Light the orange taper from the red candle on the altar (or at the southern point of the circle).  Slowly walk the circle clockwise bearing the candle before you.  Say these or similar words:

All the land is wrapped in winter.

The air is chilled and

frost envelopes the earth.

But the Lord of the sun,

horned one of animals and wild places,

unseen you have been reborn

of the gracious Mother Goddess,

lady of all fertility.

Hail great God!

Hail and Welcome!

Stop before the altar, holding aloft the candle.  Gaze at its flame.  Visualize your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength.

If you need to look into the future or past, now is an ideal time.  Works of magick, if necessary, may follow.  Celebrate The Simple Feast.  The circle is released.

From: Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham


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