YULE’S HOLLY KING AND OAK KING…

 

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At the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21st), the two God-themes of the year’s cycle coincide – even more dramatically than they do at the Summer Solstice.  Yule (which, according to the Venerable Bede,l come from the Norse Iul meaning “wheel”) marks the death and rebirth of the Sun-God; it also marks the vanquishing of the Holly King, God of the Waning Year, by the Oak King, God of the Waxing Year.  The Goddess, who was Death-in-Life at Midsummer, now shows her Life-in-Death aspect; for although at this season she is the “leprous-white lady”, Queen of the cold darkness, yet this is her moment for giving birth to the Child of Promise, the Son-Lover who will re-fertilize her and bring back light and warth to her kingdom.

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CHANT

Return, oh return!

God of the Sun, God of the Light, return!

Thine enemies are fled – thou has no enemies.

O lovely helper, return, return!

Return to thy sister, thy spouse, who loveth thee!

We shall not be put assunder.

O my brother, my consort, return, return!

When I see thee not,

My heart grieveth for thee,

Mine Eyes seek for thee,

My feet roam the Earth in search of thee!

Gods and men weep for thee together.

god of the Sun, God of the light, return!

Return to thy sister, thy spouse, who loveth thee!

Return, Return, Return!

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