Winter ritual

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Yule ritual

Share light and love during the Yule ritual

During the Summer Edition of Castlefest, the Wicker man symbolised the Pathfinder: the light that shines upon your path. During the darkening days, we look back at the past year. What will you take with you on your path forwards?

The 21st of December is the shortest day of the year. It is the day we celebrate the return of the light. After a long period of time in which the days only got shorter and darker and where all nature died, Yule brings back the light. The return of days which will slowly get longer and longer, the return of growth from the earth into the new year. The reign of the holly king will switch to the light in which the oak king rules. We would like to celebrate this return of the light with all of you at the Castlefest Winter Edition.

Taloch of The Dolmen, accompanied by his beautiful songs, will set light to the Yule log, whereupon everybody will be able to light their lights to take home with them. Together we share the fire to create light in the world where darkness rules and where anger wins from love. Let’s overcome the darkness and focus on a brighter and more positive future. By creating love in ourself, we are able to share it with the world: we are the light that the world needs. Together we will create a more beautiful new year. 

Want to participate? Bring your own candle to share the light. The ritual takes place on Saturday.

The Winter Ritual by Taloch

As a singer, a songwriter, and the beating heart of the internationally renowned Celtic rock band, The Dolmen, Taloch is a familiar figure. He is also a serious Esoteric Scientist, an Occult seeker, a Cunning Man, and a life-long, practicing Witch. For years an iconic, antler-crowned celebrant at Stonehenge seasonal observances, this coming November he is set to travel to The Netherlands to once again lead the Winter Ritual at Castlefest  in Lisse. 

As founding member of the eclectic Pagan organisation Clan Dolmen International (formerly known as The Dolmen Grove) Taloch has functioned as Ceremonial and Spiritual Facilitator since its establishment almost thirty years ago. (In honour of the individuals and families who refused to relinquish their convictions, the last few years have seen the revival of Conjurer’s Lodge as an inner circle of Clan Dolmen. A place for the study and practice of Traditional Witchcraft, in which Taloch also serves as officiant, instructor, and spiritual adviser.) More info on Clan Dolmen you can find here.