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Monday, October 31, 2016

A simple Samhain Spell and Ritual

Happy Samhain, all! (Or Halloween, to those who don't celebrate.)

Blue Moon Circle held our ritual and feast last night, and had a wonderful time. I thought I'd share our simple ritual with you, in case you needed a little inspiration. As always, we had candles to light in honor of our ancestors and anyone we'd lost in the past year or so. (Sadly, with four of this, that added up to a lot of pets this time.)

The Samhain altar, all set up and ready to go
 Then we made corn dollies. You can find easy instructions on YouTube, but all you need is the husk off an ear of corn, and some string or twine, and a pair of scissors.

Corn dolly prep

The finished dolly!
Because Samhain is considered to be both the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year, we each wrote one one piece of paper what we want to let go of, on another what we wanted to bring in, and a blank paper for the gods/universe to fill in for us. Then we tucked those papers into the dollies' skirts. (If it hadn't been raining, we would have tossed them in a bonfire. Instead, they're going on our altars.)

Then we said this spell:
The old year goes, the new year comes
It’s Samhain time again
Raise your voice and beat the drums
The old year’s at its end

Letting go of what’s behind
To welcome in the new
Clear away the ties that bind
To all the things you rue

Open up potential’s door
Let the bonfires burn
The new year brings us joys galore
As now the seasons turn

May you have a blessed Samhain and a wonderful new year!


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