Merry Meet my friends! Wow, just 3 nights until Samhain! This month has gone by way too fast for me. I love October so much, my favorite month, and I have kept myself busy enjoying every minute of every day. We have had a few rainy days so colorful leaves are rapidly falling off the trees. We’ve had some frosty mornings so the last of the summer flowers and herbs have gone away til next Spring. My mums are fully bloomed and gorgeous. The bird feeders are more active, squirrels and chipmunks and other furry creatures are scurrying to gather quicker. Some of my friends have already experienced snow where they live!
I can’t wait to see my grandkids in their costumes on Samhain evening. We’ll be having dinner at my daughter’s house and hubby and I, will pass out candy while they take my grandkids out to collect some candy 🙂 Chili, cornbread and cherry crisp will be on the menu…quick and easy for such a busy day. Then I’ll be home to do my ritual I have written here, and some time outside by the bonfire in my circle in the woods. I’ve decided to do my Dumb Supper on Sunday evening as Samhain night will be so busy. I hope to post some pics of the table set for it on my wordless wednesday blog post next week. I think the table will look fantastic and I’m quite sure my grandmother will come to visit 🙂
I have spent some time the last couple of nights writing this ritual. Please remember, this is just what I’m going to do. It may not be at all what YOU are thinking of doing or saying or using. That’s just fine…make it yours and by all means, do it your way. Your magick is your own after all!
First, here are some pictures of my Samhain altar. It is to honor my ancestors and I think it’s one of my favorite altars I’ve done. I think the pics speak for themselves of what I used and why.
Samhain Ritual to Honor Your Ancestors
By Autumn Earthsong
Have your altar decorated however you like. You can get some ideas from the pictures on my altar above. A couple things you must have….. a God and Goddess candle and pictures or keepsakes from your ancestors and loved ones. I also highly recommend you have LOTS of candles on your altar…I set several votives to lighten my altar up bright!
Cast your circle in whatever way you do. Ground and Center when you are ready. If you are using elemental representatives, light the fire candle and the incense. Light the Goddess candle and say ….
“Dark Mother, Goddess of Death and Rebirth, Ruler of the night, assist me in my magickal rite. Lift the Veil between the worlds, as this time-out-of-time begins and as the barrier thins. I ask for your blessing and guidance as I commune with my ancestors this Samhain night.”
Light the God candle and say…..
“Dark Father, aged Consort of the Crone, Lord of the Underworld, I ask for your blessing and favor on this magickal night, during this time-out-of-time, and during this rite. Keep safe my ancestors as they come to me, from the other side of the Veil, for me to hear and see.”
Call the elements by saying what you usually do or something like this:
Earth and Air; Fire and Water Guard and guide your loving daughter I call on you this Samhain night, Assist me in my sacred rite. Sit quiet for awhile and wait for your ancestors to come..don’t forget your pets who have passed too…. Quiet your mind and body and you will know when they are with you. When you know they are, say something like this:
“On this Samhain night the Veil has thinned
and the Spirits of my loved ones are here once again.
For my ancestors and loved ones who have gone on before me
I remember you with great love, in my heart you’ll always be.
Guide me and protect me, until one day I’m with you
I honor you every day, in everything I do.”
Blessed be! Blessed be!
Now would be the time to do some divination with your tarot cards or runes, or do some scrying and see if any Spirits have anything to show you. Enjoy some apple cider or wine and a “cake”. When you are ready start to take down your circle by thanking those who came to you:
“Dearest Ancestors thank you for joining me this night. I will never forget what you mean to me as you retreat once more beyond the Veil. For now, Merry Part.”
Release the elements as you usually do. Say Thank you and good-bye to the Goddess and God however you like. Snuff out candles, take down your circle, and make an offering to Mother Earth, outside, by leaving a bit of cake and wine. Spend some time by a fire and relax. You may feel a bit tired after having the Spirits of your ancestors with you on the glorious Samhain night! Samhain night, the Witch's New Year! Celebrate it! I found this poem a year or so ago, and have since connected with the author on facebook. I'd like to post it here for you all to enjoy! It makes me thrill to my witchiness :) I wish all of you a very Blessed Samhain!
The wheel has turned, the wheel of light
stoke the fire and make it bright
Samhain call, Samhain come
feel the rhythm , hear the drum
The veil it thins, the veil it shrouds
the spirits rise upon darkened cloud
The time of orange , time of black
time to move forward and not look back
Pumpkin lit , with candle burn
away dark spirits this guardian turns
Night of the ancients, night of the olds
remembered in stories now to be told
The Crone doth rise upon this night
look into the shadows without a fright
Rituals and rites across the lands
empowers the soul where they stand
Trick or treat, heal or curse ,
the hand should be crossed from a silver purse
The Wheel begins its time anew,
the release of the old for the knowledgeable few
The time to scry to see the path we must take
and of the choices we need to make
She comes to us in many guises
the Crow and the owl her favourite disguises
The Earth gives us her last to give
the bountiful harvest so we can live
We feast and drink in a sacred space
behind samhain masks to hide our face
Through darkened day and moonlight night
All hallows Eve is a beautiful sight!
(C) Copyright Phiona Hutton July 2010
Blessings and Love, Autumn PS..I have NO IDEA why this post came out all weird..it obviously had the margins set wrong..and I have NO IDEA how to fix it LOL...sorry..it's still readable I think :)