Halloween, known as Samhain is the ancient pagan New Year. This is the night when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest. Traditionally this is the night when you honor your departed ancestors, with ceremony, candles and prayers. It is the day to hold a seance. Set up an altar to honor those you loved and who loved you. Your physical DNA and the emotional and physical traits and talents of your ancestors actually lives in you.
SAMHAIN SHAMANIC RITUALS
Bring out your crystals and special blackened water bowls to scry with. Go visit your dead ancestors at cemeteries. If you have lost loved ones in the past year, ask these spirits to comfort, guide and support you. This would be the best day to tune into David Bowie, or Prince, two of the most beloved musicians who passed on in 2016. I will be channeling both of them tonight and will report afterward.
It’s also good to take a nature walk. Samhain rituals include bonfires, dancing, feasting and building altars to honor the ancestors. Some pagans bake special loaves of bread and leave offerings to the spirits outside their homes.
In some Wiccan traditions, the Goddess has become the Crone.
She is the Old One, the wise woman who we turn to for wisdom from experience. Her counterpart is The God,the Horned One, the great antlered stag, the very masculine, sexually potent God of the Hunt. We honor the two at this time.
Bring in symbols of the God, antlers, acorns, pine cones, phallic symbols and symbols of the Goddess, red flowers, cups, and pomegranates. If your tradition honors a specific pair of male and female deities, feel free to substitute their names in this ritual wherever it says God or Goddess.
Horned God, the Goddess’s Consort
Cast a circle to mark a sacred space. Before starting the ceremony, place three sheaves of corn or wheat around the ritual space. Place a statue or other images of the God and Goddess at the center of your altar. Around the statues, place five candles, red and black for the darker aspect of the Goddess, and green and brown to symbolize the wild male God and nature, and white for the central hearth and home and the New Year.
Near the center of the altar put a plate of dark bread, for each person present, and cup of wine or cider. The youngest person present acts as the Handmaiden, and the oldest as the High Priest (HP) or High Priestess. If you’re performing this rite on your own, act both parts. The H.Ps. lights the red and black candles, and says:
“We light the candles in honor of the Goddess.
She is Maiden Mother and Crone.”
Next, the H.P. lights the brown and green candles, saying:
“We light the candles in honor of the masculine God.
He is wild and fertile and tonight we honor him as the Horned God.”
The Handmaiden takes the bread and walks the circle, offering each person a piece. The H.P. says
“May the blessings of the Goddess be upon you.” The cup of wine or cider is passed around, and each person sips from the cup. As they do, the H.P. says: “May the blessings of the God be upon you.”
The Handmaiden then lights the fifth candle, for the hearth, saying:
“This candle is lit in honor of hearth and home.
The mother and father, the Goddess and the God
watch over us tonight as we honor them.”
The High Priestess says
“We light the candles for the most powerful Goddess
and her mighty horned consort, the God,
and for the safety of hearth and home.
On this, night of Samhain, the Goddess is a wise Crone,
and the God is a wild stag, and we honor and celebrate their Union.”
The H.P. states
“This is the time between the worlds, a time of life and death.
This is a night unlike any other night.
Ancient ones, we ask for your blessings.
Goddess, great Crone, mother of all life,
we thank you for your wisdom.
Horned One, master of the wild hunt, keeper of the forest,
we thank you for all that you provide.”
Everyone can give thanks in their own way. Place offerings to them on the altar.
Once all the offerings have been made, and thanks given, consider the gifts that the gods have given you over the past year, and show your gratitude. Meditate on the new beginnings of Samhain. State new intentions for the New Year.
As this is also a New Moon in Scorpio the energy is stronger than normal on this day.
The Scorpio Moon sextiles Pluto in Capricorn trines Chiron in Pisces inconjuncts Uranus in Aries and sextiles Mars in Capricorn.
Scorpio is ruled by both Mars and Pluto as co-rulers so there easy access to this Moon deepens our ease of access to the Depth, the Underworld, Pluto’s realm, the realm of the Dead. This is the fertile land of the ghosts, ancestors, and our spirit guides.
The inconjunct of Scorpio Moon to Uranus brings in an element of surprise and chaos. Ride the electric current of Uranus energy to the farthest out unbeknownst worlds. This is inventive, pioneering, brave new horizons.
The MOON is VOID of COURSE at 7:44 pm PDT/10:44 pm EDT/ Nov. 1st @ 2:44 a.m.
November 1st is the Day of the Dead in Mexico
SUN trines NEPTUNE in PISCES in the wee hours. I would stay up late Halloween night to really tap into this energy as it is super powerful and may blow your mind. Stay in the void the place of total creativity and potential.
I will be doing ceremony ritual and meditating, remembering my mother and father and ther ancestors. Sending you many blessings for the New Year.
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Samhain by Lisa Thiel