Yule in Minnesota

Winter Solstice at Stonehenge

Maybe it is the climate, or seasonal competitiveness but Yule is BIG in Minnesota. A few early events have already happened last weekend. If you are looking for a Pagan Yule event this weekend, check out these events beginning Friday evening and continuing through Sunday. If you know of other public events, please add them as a comment!

2013 Winter Solstice Drum Jam

with Minneapolis Sacred Fire Dancing Tribe
Friday, December 20, 2013
8:00pm until 1:00am
BE Coterie,  165 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

Doors open at 8pm. There will be spin toys for everyone to play with from 8-8:30 > Opening Ceremony begins at 8:30pm > fire dancing performances at 9, 10, 11 and 12 > and drumming throughout the night!This is a family friendly event. Suggested donation $5. Children 10 and younger are FREE.There will be a potluck so please bring food and/or drinks to share (something fitting for the holidays). If you bring something you are not required to pay the $5 entry, though it would still be appreciated :)Opening ceremony at 8:30pm which includes a meditation to help you connect with your inner light to assist you in manifesting your hearts desires (and better!) throughout the coming year.
Accepting donations that will be given to East Side Neighborhood Services.

Reclaiming Winter Solstice ritual

Saturday December 21, 2013

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Living Table United Church of Christ, 4001 38th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55406

Please join us as we celebrate this intention for the Winter:
Declaring we are not alone, we kindle our hearths’ Flame.

There will be a light potluck following the ritual and you are welcome to bring something to share with community. There is a small kitchen at the church. You do not have to bring a potluck item to attend the ritual and share in the feasting.

All are welcome, including children and folks from other traditions. Donations are also welcome, but please note that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This is a sober event. We also invite you to refrain from the use of perfumes, lotions, and other scented products to ensure increased accessibility.

Harmony Tribe Yule

Celebrate the changes with Harmony Tribe
on December 21, 2013

Gather at 2 pm, ritual at 3 pm

Michael Servetus Unitarian Society, 6565 Oakley Drive Northeast, Fridley, MN 55432.

Feasting and camraderie to follow! All are welcome to attend; this is a FREE and very family friendly environment. Bring your family and a dish to pass. Ritual early in the day, early enough for those with other Yule obligations to attend.

2013 Wiccan Church of Minnesota (WiCOM) Public Yule (Winter Solstice)

Hearth and Home as We Await the Sun

DATE Saturday, December 21, 2013
TIME 6:30 p.m. Gather, 7:00 p.m. Ritual
Living Table UCC
4001 38th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Join us in a family-friendly ritual to commemorate the Holly King’s contributions and to celebrate the return of his counterpart, the Oak King.Bring a beverage and a dish to share for the feast, and we’ll lift a cup to the Sun.

Saturnalia Sabbat Open Ritual

with Our Lady of Celestial Fire

Saturday December 21, 2013
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (GMT-06.00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Eye of Horus, 3012 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
Ritual 7-9:00pm Gather at 6:30 for setup Join Our Lady of Celestial Fire for this open circle celebration of the rebirth of the divine child. Any ritual garb may be worn. A potluck feast and fellowship to follow.This event is Free, but donations are appreciated to cover the costs.

Winter Solstice Sound Healing Concert

Doors are open at 7:30pm, concert at 8pm.
610 W. 28th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Join Steve Sklar and Johnna Morrow for an evening of sonic exploration celebrating the Winter Solstice. An “inner adventure” intended to evoke and stimulate an enhanced sense of well-being, spiritual connectedness, healing, and meditative journeying. Tibetan singing bowls, didgeridoos, guitar, igil (Tuvan horsehead fiddle), voice, exotic flutes, drumming, throat-singing, sruti box, ehecatls and an amazing set of huge gongs. Special guest Brett Fehr will lead an opening invocation.

Admission is $15 in advance and suggested $20 donation at the door.

3012 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Saturday, Dec 21st 9:00pm to Sunday Dec 22nd 8:00am

Sacred fire circles are purposeful nights spent working through a personal alchemical process of burning off one’s dross to reveal the gold. It is a deliberate, intense and intent-full night of dancing, drumming, rattling, chanting, meditating, healing, and holding space in ritual mindset.

This event costs $21.00 per person, and pre-registration is required.

Winter Solstice gathering
Sunday, Dec. 22nd from 4-6 pm .
At the NEW Walker Church building–3104 16th Ave. S., Mpls.

Candles lit to celebrate the light in our lives and bless the growing power of the Sun.
Join with members of the Walker Community Church.

You are welcome to arrive between 3:30 and 4pm at the entrance circle with the fireplace.  Candles and Cider will be provided.

Solstice Fire – A Poem

Solstice Fire    by Sam Dodge

at the rim of timeSOLSTICE
everything seems the same
dark days, dark nights
in fields of ice

flickerings of light
over futile sprays of stars

skeletons of candle flame
strangled up in shadows
dance a spastic dirge
bent dim by impish drafts

frost, in floral cataracts
looms o’er a snow-blind eye

recalcitrant grey dawn
low sun hides in dismal clouds
insomniac hands, wrapped in wool
wave numb semaphore signs

he paces; futile, cold
whilst all the earth lays dreaming

stark soul of winter
wrests hope from breasts
in claustrophobic visions
in brittle, scorning mirth

now stoke the solstice blaze
now let the laughter burn

now dance like unleashed flames
let Boreas consume your dreams
let ice nymphs eat the candles
they’ll not damp down the fire

now damn the darkest dawn
as, slow, the days grow long

Dark love,


Sam Dodge:

I’m 52 years old, from Minneapolis by way of northern Minnesota and 4 years on the west coast while in the Navy. Grew up “hippie”. Married for 27 years, think monogamy is a questionable commitment when there are so many people to love… Have 4 kids, youngest almost 17. High school dropout, always been interested in poetry, prose, and song. Have composed more than a thousand poems and 50 songs, many short stories,  finished one novel, shopping it to agents since publishers seem uninterested, will finish a second novel this winter, have half of another one ready for my attention then… I’m a builder/painter/handyman now living in western Wisconsin on about 100 acres of beautiful hills, valleys, trees and stuff…

Coldwater Spring:Amazing Double Sky Event Dec.20/21st

Celebrate an Amazing Double Sky Event at Coldwater Spring:  A Full Moon—Winter Solstice Eclipse!

Join us this night in a  “Devotion to Sweet Darkness,” Monday, December 20 at midnight into Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On the darkest night of the year, celebrate the full moon lunar eclipse—an amazing double sky event, outdoors, at the last sacred spring in Hennepin County. The eclipse, visible here, begins at 12:32 AM Tuesday morning and is full at 2:13 AM. A special permit from National Park Service has been secured for this rite. (Normally Coldwater Park is closed at sundown.)

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IMAGINE PEACE – Tues Dec.14th, Rochester, MN


Dec. 14th from 6-8:30 p.m.

First Unitarian Universalist Church

1727 Walden lane s.w. – Rochester, Mn.

In the deep of Winter we remember our losses and what endures. Join us on this years longest night for a “Winter Solsticelebration” of dance, poetry, song, story telling.  Ritual to convey the concepts of peace, love, transcendence, creativity; understanding to create a deeply moving journey into imagining peace all year long. We encourage colorful dress !

Please bring 1 can of food to donate to Channel 1 food bank. Hope to see you there.

Eye of Horus Hosts Artisan Fair

Pagans looking for Winter Solstice gifts have a unique opportunity this Sunday when Eye of Horus hosts an artisan fair. Local artists, artisans, and hand-crafters will set up their wares in Eye’s new classroom space and will also be on hand to talk with shoppers about their art. PNC-Minnesota spoke with a few of the artists and artisans taking part in this ‘shop within a shop’ fair.

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Interviews and more information after the break:

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