Solitary Winter Solstice ritual by Sue Perryman




Decorate your altar with symbols of the season including a gold/red or white candle in the centre. Don't light your candle yet!


You will need:

A lighter or matches

A candle for Yule

something to eat and drink


If you usually cast a circle, do so now in your preferred way. If you don't normally cast a circle, purify the area first by smudging or asperging.

Below is my way of casting a circle which you are welcome to use.

Walk deosil (clockwise) around your circle saying:


'I cast this circle with golden light

as the sun is reborn after the longest night.

The darkness will slowly fall away

as the sun return to us this day.'

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Face the North and say:

'Guardian of the North, element of earth

deep within you hold the promise of new life

strong roots, seeds and bulbs,

waiting for the rebirth of the sun

you bring the gifts of growth and fertility

at this time of rebirth

Hail and Welcome

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Face the East and say:

'Guardian of the East, element of air

the chill winds blow

shedding the last golden leaves from the trees

you bring the gifts of new beginnings and change

as the wheel turns once more

Hail and welcome.'

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Face the South and say:

'Guardian of the South, element of fire

the sun is reborn

bringing light to the dark days of winter

the spark of life, growth and transformation

giving us hope and the promise of warmer days to come

Hail and welcome.'

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Face the West and say:

'Guardian of the West, element of water

Grey clouds, heavy with rain

bringing fertility and new life to the Earth

nurturing the roots, seeds and bulbs deep within the soil

waiting for the cycle of growth

Hail and welcome.'

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Invite the deities of your choice, saying something like:

Mother Goddess

You have carried the seed of potential within

and nurtured it through the changing seasons

at this time of rebirth and light

I rejoice in your gift of life and welcome the rebirth of the Sun

Hail and Welcome

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Lord of the Sun

I celebrate your return to the earth

the promise of light and life that you bring

at this time of hope and promise

I rejoice in your gift of life and welcome the rebirth of the Sun

Hail and Welcome

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Turn off any lights and sit before your altar in the darkness.

Reflect on what has happened over the last 12 months; be thankful for the good things, release the bad bits and make plans for the coming year.


When you are ready light your Yule candle. Gaze at it for a few moments and visualise it surrounded by a warm golden glow......... take a few slow deep breathes, breathing in the golden glow and feel it spreading throughout your whole body bringing with it feelings of peace and joy. Let any stress and worry melt away as you continue to relish in the peaceful energy swirling around your body, from your head to your toes, warming and calming you. Take note of any thoughts or words that come to you and when you are ready, visualise the golden glow slowly descend through your body and drain out of your feet and into the earth, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed.


Have something to eat and drink, saving a portion of each as an offering to your gods and/or ancestors.

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Face the West and say:

'Guardian of the West, element of water

thank you for watching over and protecting me during my ritual

Hail and Farewell'

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Face the South and say:

'Guardian of the South, element of fire

thank you for watching over me and protecting me during my ritual

Hail and Farewell'

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Face the East and say:

'Guardian of the East, element of air

thank you for watching over me during my ritual

Hail and Farewell'

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Face the North and say:

'Guardian of the North, element of earth

thank you for watching over me during my ritual

Hail and Farewell'

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Face your altar and say:

'Lord of the Sun

thank you for watching over me during my ritual

and sharing with me your gifts of light and life

stay if you will, go if you must

Hail and Farewell'

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'Mother Goddess

thank you for watching over me during my ritual

and sharing with me your gifts of rebirth and growth

Stay if you will, go if you must

Hail and Farewell.'

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Walk widdershins (anticlockwise) around your circle saying:

'The circle is open but unbroken

Blessed Be'





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