The Seasonal Festival of SAMHAIN

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Placed upon the altar apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes and other late autumn fruits.  Autumn flowers such as marigolds and chrysanthemums are fine too.  Write on a piece of paper an aspect of your life that you wish to be free of:  anger, a baneful habit, misplaced feelings, disease.  The cauldron or some similar tool must be present before the altar as well, on a trivet of some other heat-proof surface.  A small, flat dish marked with an eight spoked wheel should also be there.

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Prior to the ritual, sit quietly and think of friends and loved ones who have passed away.  Do no despair.  Know that they have gone on to greater things.  Keep firmly in mind that the physical isn’t the absolute reality, and that souls never die.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the circle of stones.  Recite the Blessings Chant*.  Invoke the Goddess and God.

Lift one of the pomegranates and, with your freshly washed white handled knife, pierce the skin of the fruit,  Remove several seeds and place them on the wheel marked dish.  Raise your wand, face the altar and say:

On this night of Samhain, I mark your passing, O sun king, through the sunset into the land of the young. I mark also9 the passing of all who have gone before, and all who will go after.  O gracious Goddess, eternal Mother, you who gives birth to the fallen, teach me to know that in the time of the greatest darkness there is the greatest light.

Tast the pomegranate seeds; burst them with your teeth and savor their sharp, bittersweet flavor.  Look down at the eight spoked symbol on the plate; the wheel of the year, the cycle of the seasons, the end and beginning of all creation.  Light a fire within the cauldron (a candle is fine).  Sit before it,holding the piece of paper, gazing at its flames. Say”

Wise one of the waning moon, Goddess of the starry night, I create this fire within your cauldron to transform that which is plaguing me.  May the energies be reversed: from darkness, light!  Fram bane, good! From death, birth!

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Light the paper in the cauldron’s flames and drop it inside.  As it burns,know that you ill diminishes, lessens, and finally leaves you as it is consumed within the universal fires.

If you wish, you may attempt scrying or some other form of divination, for this is a perfect time to look into the past or future.  Try to recall past lives too, if you will.Honor the dead with your memories.

Release any pain and sense of loss you may feel into the cauldron’s flames.

Celebrate the simple feast.  The circle is released.

*THE BLESSING CHANT

May the power of The One, the source of all creation; all pervasive, omnipotent, eternal; may the Goddess, the lady of the moon; and the God horned hunter of the sun; may the power of the spirits of the stones, rulers of the elemental realms,.may the powers of the stars above and the earth below, bless this place, and this time, and I who am with you.

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From:  WICCA: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

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