Paganistan: Notes from the Secret Commonwealth

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What Will Yule Look Like in an Age of Covid?

Yule being preeminently a time of collective merry-making and social gathering, it's hard to imagine what it might look like in a time of social distancing and outdoor gathering only.

So we'd better start thinking about it now.

Through the Spring and Summer, my coven—as so many—has been meeting outdoors. As cold weather draws on, that's going to become more difficult.

Fortunately, our Yule has always had a strong outdoor component. At sundown on Midwinter's Eve we sing the Sun down from the top of Tower Hill and kindle the Yule Fire as he slips below the horizon.

All night, the Fire burns.

In the morning, we go out again to sing the Sun up out of the River Valley. Hill : Valley :: Sunup : Sundown.

At our most recent scheduling meeting, it was suggested that, having lit the Yule Fire, we then take it around to each home in the coven. That way we can each keep our own fire-watch with the same Fire through the night, and gather again in the morning to see our vigils successfully through.

What will Yule look like for you in the Covid Era?

That it won't look like usual Yule is likely. But plague or no plague, folks, we've got work to do here, Wheels to turn.

So it well behooves us to start thinking about it now.


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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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