The First Yule (Anon)
Once upon a time, long, long ago, a beautiful young woman
lived on a blue and green island. She had many friends on the island, fairies,
trees, flowers, rabbits, deer and birds... but she was the only person who lived
there. She wanted to share her friends and her secrets with other people just
like her, so she began to give birth.
Every month when the moon was hiding, she gave birth. For the
first six months, she gave birth to daughters with dark skin and eyes. For the
last six moons of the year she gave birth to fair skinned daughters. On the
seventh moon of every year the First Mother gave birth to a magickal, sacred
oak. As the years turned, many, many daughters were born, and quite a few oak
trees as well. The daughters played games with the animals and each other, they
climbed in the branches of the oak trees and gathered flowers with the fairies.
One day the first born daughter of the First Mother gave birth
herself. The First Mother was very proud and happy, her favorite friend Oak Tree
(who was very wise) gave her a silver crown to wear and told her that she
was now a Grandmother. Soon many of the daughters gave birth, and the island
became an even happier place, full of babies and big girls and mommies who all
played together with the animals, the trees and the fairies.
One winter night when the moon was hiding, one of the
daughters gave birth to a baby that was different from anything they had ever
known. It was not a daughter, it was not even an oak tree, it was a baby BOY! It
was a very dark cold night, the longest winter's night of the year, so all the
daughters and all the animals were snuggled up together to keep cozy and warm.
After their excitement of seeing a brand new baby born passed,
the daughters and the animals realized that the baby boy was not feeling well.
He was not as strong or as warm as the babies and trees that were usually born
on the island. They all began to worry about the new baby, and tried to help
keep him warm. The animals with the furriest coats pushed up close to the mother
and baby, the fairies sprinkled magick dust above him, and the little girls sang
wonderful songs and danced around and around the room. But the baby boy couldn't
get warm enough and soon he was too cold and tired even to cry or to drink the
healing milk from his mother.
The First Grandmother was so afraid for the baby boy. She
tried to hide her tears from her daughters and ran out into the forest. The snow
was very deep and full of white glitter. She tried to walk but it was just to
deep. So her friend the owl carried up above the snow filled clouds deep into
the magick forest where her firstborn, most sacred wise friend Oak lived. The
First Grandmother intended to ask Her friend for advise about the baby boy.
When the owl reached the clearing where the sacred First Oak
tree lived, the Grandmother gasped! There was no snow on the ground there, and
in the middle of a perfect circle lay her friend the Oak. The tree had Fallen to
the ground and broken into a pile of logs and branches. She rushed to kneel
beside the broken tree, and her teardrops turned into sparkling icicles on her
cheeks. While she was trying to understand what had happened to her dear friend,
a coyote entered the circle and brushed up beside her. First the coyote kissed
her tears dry, and then whispered a secret in the First Grandmother's ear. The
Grandmother nodded, and with the help of the coyote and the owl, she gathered
some of the branches from her oldest friend Oak and they returned to her
daughter and the baby boy.
Using the gifts from the Oak, and the secrets from the coyote,
the Grandmother built the very first fire that anyone on the blue and green
island had ever seen. The fairies were shocked, they had never seen anything
dance like that without wings. The animals laughed, they had never seen colors
so bright except on springtime flowers. The daughters didn't know WHAT to do,
they had never felt anything as warm as the summer sand on the beach in the
middle of winter. The mother brought the baby boy close to the edge of the fire,
closer than everyone else( they were still just a little bit scared of this new
thing called fire). The baby boy opened his eyes just a little bit, and began to
wiggle his fingers. Then he smiled and moved his toes too. When he was warm
enough, he snuggled with his Mother and drank her milk, soon everyone was
certain the baby boy would be okay. They were all so happy, they danced around
the fire singing their favorite special songs and giving little gifts to the
fire. he baby boy grew up strong and happy because of the gift of the First Oak
Tree. He had many sons of his own, and taught them all to plant acorns on the
seventh dark moon of the year so that there would always be many, many oak trees
on the island.
Every winter, on the longest coldest darkest night of the
year, all the people who lived on the blue and green island built a very special
fire. They brought in a special tree and honored it with shiny ornaments and
glittery fairy dust. They picked one very special branch or log and sang their
favorite songs while they decorated it. Then they would give this beautiful log
to the fore as a present... and all the children would hear the story of the
gift of the First Oak tree. On the longest night of the year, whenever you light
a candle or build a fire, remember the story of the First Grandmother and the
coyote who told her the secret. No matter how cold and dark it seems, The Sun
will always be reborn and bring us warmth and light again.