Samhain Ritual

Needed:

  • Apples
  • Pomegranates
  • Pumpkins
  • Squashes
  • Paper and pen
  • Cauldron
  • Small dish marked with an eight-spoked wheel
  • Candles
  • Censer
  • Bolline
  • Wand

Place apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes, and other late autumn fruits upon the altar. Write on a piece of paper some aspect of your life that you would like to get rid of. The cauldron or some similar tool must be present before the altar as well. A small dish marked with an eight-spoked wheel should also be set upon it.

Prior to the ritual, sit quietly and think about friends and family that have passed away. Do not sorrow. Keep in mind that the physical is not the absolute reality and that the soul is eternal, that those you have known have only passed on to greater things and other lifetimes — new and rewarding experiences whatever they be.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the circle.

Recite the Blessing Chant.

Invoke the Goddess and the God.

Lift one of the pomegranates and with your freshly washed white-handled knife, pierce the skin of the fruit and remove several of the seeds. Place them upon the wheel-marked dish. Raise your wand, face the altar, and say these or similar words:
“On this night of Samhain,
I mark the passing of the God,
and all who have gone before
and all who will go after,
from the sunset into the Land of the Young.
O Goddess, teach me thy secrets.
Make me aware that even in times
of greatest darkness and despair
there resides the greatest light.”

Taste the pomegranate seeds, bursting them open in your mouth so that you may taste their sharp, bittersweet, flavor. Look down upon the eight-spoked wheel on the plate; the symbol of the beginning and end of all creation, the cycle of the seasons, the Wheel of the Year.

Light a fire within the cauldron, a candle is fine, and gaze at it. Holding the piece of paper on which you wrote earlier, say:
“Wise One of the Waning Moon,
Goddess of the starry night,
I create this fire in thy cauldron
to transform that which plagues me.
Let the energies be reversed!
From darkness, light!
From bane, good!
From death, birth!”

Light the paper in the cauldrons flames and drop it inside. As it burns, know that your ill diminishes, weakens, and is finally consumed within the Goddess' fire.

Scrying or any other forms of divination may be accomplished now, as Samhain is a very good time to take a look into the past or future. It is also a good time to try to remember past lives. Leave the dead in peace. Honor their memory in love and peace and draw forth from yourself the pain of their passing. Do not call them to you. Release your feelings of pain and loss into the cauldron's flames.

Only very necessary works of magic may follow. This is a time to remember and honor those who have gone before, and to honor the God and the Goddess, not to take selfish advantage of the powers inherent in this night.

Celebrate the Simple Feast.

Release the circle.