December 20th is Mother’s Night, the night before the celebration of Yule. Yule is a twelve-day festival that has been celebrated since ancient times, and is celebrated even in this age. Today we honor and offer thanks to our female ancestors, those who watch over our families and help us in times of need.
Ancestors, or the Beloved Dead, are our powerful allies, and can be some of our greatest helpers when the help we seek is more worldly in nature or has to do with our own families. These figures are known in Norse mythology as The Disir.
We honor Frigga, the All-Mother with ritual, gift giving, blessings and bringing in the light. Light a candle, and on the same table place pictures and other items such as jewelry or knickknacks from your female ancestors.
Add a glass of milk to represent the nourishment our female ancestors gave to us, and continue to give to us. Add a plate from the foods you made for dinner. Or, you can set a place at your table with a picture, milk and plate of food so your beloved dead can eat with you. Later in the evening leave out milk and cookies for the Disir.
If you wish you can say:
Spirits of all the mothers who have come before me, Great Disir, Ancestors, and Mothers. Going back to the beginning of my female line, I honor you today.
I thank you for your gifts of Body & Blood. Strength & Hope. I thank you for life, itself.
Help me to do right by you, to honor you with this life you have given me.
Let me never take for granted all of the blessings & abundance which surrounds me & my family.
Help me to be a good Mother, Wife, Daughter and Sister.
Help me to pass a legacy of kindness, love, hope & strength of spirit to my descendants.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
From our kindredstead to your home, may you find happiness and health visiting you all of this year into the New year.