Samhain Ritual

Needed:

  • Bell

Clothing Color: Black

The circle is cast.

Ring the bell once, followed by the Guardian of the East stating: “Powers of the East! Lords and Ladies of Greece and Rome! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead! Pagans and witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh! Come! Come one and all who would join us in our right of remembrance, affirmation, and protection! Be with us now, that the Craft shall ever survive!”

Ring the bell once, followed by the Guardian of the South stating: “Powers of the South! Lords and Ladies of the two lands of Egypt! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead! Pagans and witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh! Come! Come one and all who would join us in our right of remembrance, affirmation, and protection! Be with us now, that the Craft shall ever survive!”

Ring the bell once, followed by the Guardian of the West stating: “Powers of the West! Lords and Ladies of the Land of the Celts! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead! Pagans and witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh! Come! Come one and all who would join us in our right of remembrance, affirmation, and protection! Be with us now, that the Craft shall ever survive!”

Ring the bell once, followed by the Guardian of the North stating: “Powers of the North! Lords and Ladies of the Viking Lands! Guardians of the mysteries and honored dead! Pagans and witches who dwell in the East, be ye spirit or be ye flesh! Come! Come one and all who would join us in our right of remembrance, affirmation, and protection! Be with us now, that the Craft shall ever survive!”

All sing Let the Circle be Unbroken.

EbonyDoe: “Mana, if you will please.”

Mana: “Each year they parade her about,
the traditional Halloween Witch.
Misshapen green face, stringy scraps of hair,
a toothless mouth beneath her deformed nose.
Gnarled knobby fingers twisted into a claw'
protracting from a bent and twisted torso
that lurches about on wobbly legs.

Most think this abject image
to be the creation of a prejudiced mind
or merely a Halloween caricature.
I disagree,
I believe this to be how Witches were really seen.

Consider that most Witches:
were women,
were abducted in the night,
and smuggled into dungeons or prisons under the
secrecy of darkness
to be presented by light of day
as a confessed Witch.

Few if any saw a frightened normal looking woman
being dragged into a secret room filled with
instruments of torture,
to be questioned until she confessed to anything
suggested to her
and to give names or what ever would stop the
questions.

Crowds saw the aberration denounced to the world
as a self-proclaimed Witch.

As the Witch was paraded through town
en route to be burned, hanged, drowned, stoned
or disposed of in various other forms of Christian love
all created to free and save her soul from her depraved body
the jeering crowds viewed the results of hours of torture.

The face bruised and broken by countless blows
bore a hue of sickly green.
The once warm and loving smile gone
replaced by a grimace of broken teeth and torn gums
that leers beneath a battered disfigured nose.

The disheveled hair conceals
bleeding gaps of torn scalp from whence
cruel hands had torn away the lovely tresses.

Broken twisted hands clutched the wagon for support,
fractured fingers with nails torn away
locked like groping claws to steady her broken body.

All semblance of humanity gone
this was truly a demon,
a bride of Satan, a Witch.

I revere this Halloween Crone
and hold her sacred above all.

I honor her courage and listen to her warnings of the
dark side of man.

Each year I shed tears of respect
when the mundane exhibit their symbol of Christian love.”

Stag: “Let us remember our dead, good and bad, innocent and guilty.”

EbonyDoe: “We honor (name), beloved (relation).
Continue for each name on the list. The bell is rang after each name.
May they continue to bless the living as well as the dead.”

High Priest: “Great Lady! Bright Lord! Lords and Ladies all! Guardians and Honored Dead! Spirits of this place! All in flesh and spirit who have joined us here! We thank you for attending! Go if you must, stay if you will!”

Guardian of the East: “We thank you East!
We thank you, Spirits of Air
For your presence here tonight.
Walk with us always
As you dance the cycles of life.
Blessed Be!”

Guardian of the South: “We thank you South!
We thank you, Spirits of Fire
For your presence here tonight.
Walk with us always
As you dance the cycles of life.
Blessed Be!”

Guardian of the West: “We thank you West!
We thank you, Spirits of Water
For your presence here tonight.
Walk with us always
As you dance the cycles of life.
Blessed Be!”

Guardian of the North: “We thank you North!
We thank you, Spirits of Earth
For your presence here tonight.
Walk with us always
As you dance the cycles of life.
Blessed Be!”