Jiuleis

Information

Name Meaning: From the Gothic word jiuleis (“Yulemonth”). However, Sidjus Reidarje Sauilis applies the meaning of “remembrance” to the holiday.
Date: The new moon of Gaminþjamenoþs.
Deities Honored: Gapt, Sauil.
Activities: Reidarjos gather with their loved ones to make offerings of wine and animal sacrifices, especially horses, to Gapt to appease Him. This is the height of the Wild Hunt, when He is in his fullest power and greatest fury. Celebrants gather indoors with their families and friends, eat and drink together, exchange gifts, and otherwise stay safe while the Wild Hunt rages outside. In addition, they make offerings to Sauil, in remembrance of how She willingly became a hostage of Rome in order to protect Her people. Celebrants light candles around their homes to symbolize Sauil as protector and healer during the most fragile times.
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.

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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