Jiuleis

Information

  • Name Meaning: From the Gothic word jiuleis (“Yulemonth”). However, Sidjus Reidarja Sauilis applies the meaning of “remembrance” to the holiday.
  • Date: The new moon of Gaminþjamenoþs.
  • Deities Honored: Gapt, Sauil.
  • Purpose: To appease Gapt so that He does not visit your home, and to pray for His success in finding Sauil. To remember how Sauil willingly became a hostage of Rome in order to protect Her people.
  • Offerings: Wine, horses or horse alternatives (red meat, votives), incense.
  • Associated myth: Jiuleis marks the end of the previous year. It is the beginning of a liminal transition period, when all the world is plunged into chaos and disorder.

Suggested Activities

Worshipers can put lit candles or other lights in the windows of their homes, which shows Gapt that they are protected by Sauil. The candles also serve as a reminder to the worshipers of Sauil’s light and sacrifice.

Worshipers can also eat a meal that includes the three sacred foods of milk, bread, and horse meat. If unable to obtain or eat these foods, substitutes are allowed. If celebrating in a group, worshipers can feast together and exchange gifts.

Prayers

Listed below are some example prayers. You can choose the one you like or write your own.

To Gapt

Simple Prayer

I call to You, Gapt, Great King, Father of Dynasties.
Your horde rampages across the sky, each rider a tempest
as You hunt down the wicked, the corrupted, the damned.
O Sun Chaser, may You pass over us in peace.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I call to You, Gapt,
father of dynasties,
great king of the west!
Yours is the spear of conquest.
Yours is the whip of fury.

I call to You, Gapt!
O broad-winged eagle,
O sun-chaser!
Your horde rampages across the sky,
hoof-thunder and war-scream,
each rider a tempest in Your wake.
We lift our voices in adoration
while You hunt down the wicked,
the corrupted, and the damned.
Receive these gifts, O Gapt,
mighty lord of the eclipse,
that I freely give to You.
May You hear my praises
and pass over me in peace.

To Sauil

Simple Prayer

I call to You, Sauil, Bright Goddess, Invincible Sun.
At the end of this long year, we yearn for Your light,
yet we know You protect us from drobna plaguing the land.
O Radiant Lady of Flame, may You return to us one day.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I call to You, Sauil,
bright-shining Goddess,
invincible sun!
Yours are the hands of the healer.
Yours is the crown of joy.

I call to You, Sauil!
O fire-kissed dancer,
O life giver!
Across this vast distance,
at the end of this long year,
we yearn for Your golden touch.
We lift our voices in adoration
while You shield us from the darkness
and the chaos spreading over the land.
Receive these gifts, O Sauil,
radiant lady of flame,
that I freely give to You.
May You hear my prayers
and return to us one day.

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