Samhain

Needed:

  • Incense and burner
  • Chalice of water
  • Salt
  • Pentacle
  • Dagger
  • Wand
  • 4 element candles
  • Cauldron
  • Chalice of wine
  • Plate of bread and salt
  • Extra candles: 1 each white, red, yellow, green and 2 black, and holders for them

Note: This is the Time of the Thin Veil, remembrance of those who have passed from this life. This is celebrated as the new year among many.

Arrange white, red, and black candles on left side of altar and green, black, and yellow candles on right side.

Cast the circle inserting the following where it says insert ritual. Turn to the candles on the left side of altar, say:
“I light three candles for the Triple Goddess —
the Great Lady of the Three Aspects.”

Light the white:
“Glorious Maiden, Goddess of youth and new beginnings,
dawn and the planted seed.”

Light the red:
“Great Mother, Goddess of magick and plenty, love and knowledge.”

Light the black:
“Dark Crone, wise Goddess of the night, death and rebirth.
I welcome the Goddess in all Her forms.”

Turn to the candles on the right side of altar, say:
“I light three candles for the Triple God — Great Lord of many faces.”

Light the yellow:
“Bright Sun King, God of success and plenty.”

Light the green:
“Horned God of the Woodlands, God of fertility and growth.”

Light the black:
“Dark Lord of the Underworld, God of protection and rest.
I welcome the God in all His forms.”

Raise your arms over the altar and say:
“This night is the Feast of the Dead,
the night of the wheel-turning year that brings us to the Thin Veil.
The gates between the worlds stand open this night.
I honor my ancestors whose voices come to me on the whispering wind.
All those who wish me well are welcomed within this circle.”

Place the plate of bread and salt on the pentacle and say:
“This is Ancestor Night, the night strongest for communication
with those gone into Emania,
those who now dwell in the presence of the Old Gods.
The Veil has been lifted that I may know I am not forgotten.
All those who wish me well are welcomed within this circle.”

Lift the plate of bread and salt up over the altar, say:
“I ask all who have gathered here to join me in this feast.”

Dip a piece of the bread into salt and eat it, say:
“May I always have good health, prosperity, and happiness."

Set the plate aside and put wine chalice on pentacle for a second.

Take it up and say:
“May I always be strong in body, mind and spirit.
To the Old Gods! Merry meet and merry part and merry meet again.”

Drink some of the wine. Save some wine, bread, and salt to be given to the earth outside later. Replace chalice on altar. Turn back to the Goddess candles say:
“The year wheel has turned, the harvest has come again.
I have sown many thought seeds since last Samhain.
Let the good be harvested;
let those that would hinder or harm me be cast aside.
The Triple Goddess has covered me with her gentle hands,
guided my steps, heard my desires.
For this I give Her honor and love.”

Turn to the God candles say:
“The year wheel has turned, the harvest has come again.
Once more I stand before the Thin Veil,
before the gates that divide the worlds.
The Triple God has protected me with his sword,
guided my steps, heard my desires.
For this I give Him honor and love.”

Tap pentacle gently with wand say:
“Give me clear knowledge of the path I must follow.
Hear my desires, O Great Ones! Guide and protect me.
Lead me to greater knowledge and fulfillment.”

Stand in silence while you ask what you need of the Gods. Listen for spirit guidance that may come from those in Emania. When finished say:
“All love and honor to the Great Lady and her Lord. Blessed Be!”

Now is a time for divination, meditation, or spell work (which should be to begin new projects and end old attachments or projects.)

Continue with The Simple Feast and Circle closing!