An Open Circle is a ritual open to all comers where a circle is cast, creating a sacred and safe place to work, followed by the four Elements and God/Goddess being invited to join us. At Mystical Dragon we celebrate every second Sabbat and these Sabbats honour each of the seasons (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring). Each circle has a different focus tying in with the time of year it is celebrated. This circle is held in honour of Yule (Winter Solstice), marking the longest night and shortest day of the year.
A magickal experience to celebrate Yule
General Information about our Open Circles
Open circles are Rituals held at Mystical Dragon and are open to anyone to get involved, as long as they are respectful. Mystical Dragon usually holds Open Circles in honour of every second Sabbat.
We call the corners (Air, Fire, Water, and Earth) and cast circle (creating a protected and sacred space to work in) at every ritual. Our focus changes for each Open Circle gathering. High Priestess Amanda leads the ritual in a way that those who have not participated in a circle before will be able to easily follow.
Children 13 years and older are welcome to attend provided they are accompanied by an adult and behave responsibly.
Attendees of Moon Rituals at Mystical Dragon are welcome to bring an item to charge on the altar during ritual (this may be a crystal, item of jewellery, a magickal tool, or anything else you deem appropriate to charge with positive energy). You will be asked to place your item on the side altars before the ritual starts, and take the item with you at ritual completion.
At Mystical Dragon there is always the option to watch rather than participate in the circle, however, everyone is guided when and where to turn etc so that no one participating gets left out. And then everyone is welcome to stay for a cuppa and share some food and socialise with like-minds once we have finished.
Please be aware rituals begin at 7:00 pm sharp! The door will be locked at this time and latecomers will not be admitted.
These are FREE events and the ritual itself usually lasts approximately an hour depending on the size of the group. You do not need to book for this event.
The evening will end with the opportunity to socialise, so participants are welcome to bring a plate of finger food to share plus tea and coffee will be provided for those who would like to stay awhile.
Mystical Dragon firmly believes that merrymaking is for after ritual. Anyone attending our open circles who appears to be under the influence of any substance may be ejected from the premises. Mystical Dragon reserves the right to refuse entry to any person.
Our Open Circle honours Winter Solstice (Yule)
Spiritually witches see Winter Solstice as both the time of greatest darkness, as the longest night of the year, and also the time of the birth of a “Divine King”. Since the Sun is considered to represent the Male Divinity in many traditions, this time is celebrated as the “return of the Sun God” where he is reborn of the Goddess. From this day forth the days will become longer and the nights will begin to shorten, hence, the Sun God is born on Winter Solstice and he will grow in strength to bring us the growing season.
The fact that the Goddess gives birth to the Sun God emphasises the duality of power. At this moment, light is reborn. It is a season of transformation. It is about community, experiencing love and family togetherness. A time of gift-giving and generosity. A time of feasting.
Traditional decorations of Winter Solstice are Holly, a decorated Yule tree, Mistletoe, Wreaths and Ivy.
Mystical Dragon’s Winter Solstice Focus
We will be putting energy and magick into our own rejuvenation by going inwards and discovering something about our self through divination and meditation. We will then make a promise to ourselves about something we will do to honour and nurture ourselves over the Winter months. This is a quieter circle celebration, containing no energy raising, so that we may remain reflective and open to messages for the future.
Participants are encouraged to wear dark colours in honour of this time of greatest darkness.