“Festival of the Dead”
Samhain Ritual – Written and lead by our adept Armer.
GATHERING STARTS AT 7:00 PM CT
CIRCLE STARTS AT 7:15 PM CT
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CHAT ROOM AFTER 7:15 PM CT as that will break the circle
One Black candle: Representing death and darkness
One Orange candle: As encouragement for the spirits of the deceased to make a connection with those in the mundane world.
One Pumpkin: The glow symbolizes the spiritual survival of death to welcome the spirits of the deceased. (Maybe carved and Lit)
One Mask: (Of your choosing) To be worn or placed in the room. Masks serve as reminders that we are always surrounded by the realms of the spirits and the Goddess/Gods themselves, and on this night more than any other, they are very close.
A snack for feasting and wine for making merry.
Optional: Feel free to decorate your altar with pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, acorns, and apples. You may include photos or memorabilia of deceased family, friends, and companion creatures.
ARMER: Merry greet Brothers and Sisters of the Craft and honored guests.
EVERYONE: Respond with Merry Greet. Please tell us your first name and your location.
Guardians of the Watchtowers to the East we invoke you to protect this circle and empower our work within this circle.
Guardians of the Watchtowers to the South we invoke you to protect this circle and empower our work within this circle.
Guardians of the Watchtowers to the West we invoke you to protect this circle and empower our work within this circle.
Guardians of the Watchtowers to the North we invoke you to protect this circle and empower our work within this circle.
ARMER: I cast this circle round all those here Three times Three to protect all inside and outside. To gather our strength and power as One. To Commune with those who have parted to the Summerland’s.
EVERYONE RESPOND: In perfect Love and perfect Trust I enter this circle.
ARMER: This circle is now Closed!
We stand at the Crossroads at a time when the Veil between Life and Death is very thin. Our intention is to reach out and Commune with our departed loved ones. To honor those we love by remembering them solemnly.
EVERYONE RESPOND: This is our will, So mote it be!
ARMER: Here and now we invoke Divine Spirit, the power, and force to protect this circle from any Wicked Spirits that may do us harm. Protect all inside and outside from any spirit that has ill intent towards anyone present, we call thee hence.
Light your ORANGE candle and then your BLACK candle at this time. Also, light your pumpkin if it has a lite.
ARMER: We invoke thee “HEKATE”, the triple Goddess of the Moon, Earth, and Underworld.
Have your Dragons bring you forth. Pierce the dark veil on this night, grant us visits, give us sight to speak with loved ones, this Hollow night. Visions we seek to touch our hearts, questions, and answers before we part.
EVERYONE RESPOND: Part the veil that we may see.
At this time everyone may feast and drink as a friendly gesture. Saving a bit of each as an offering.
EVERYONE: Each of us will meditate (Commune) with our deceased loved ones. Remembering our past. Be open to receive messages and ask questions. Understanding may come at a later time. Enjoy the visit for 3 minutes. (You may go back to visit with your loved one (s) after the circle has been opened or tomorrow if you choose to.)
EVERYONE: At the end of the 3 Minutes everyone say to those you have visited and type in Merry meet and merry part, until we merry meet again.
LADY BELTANE: Blessed are we that have felt the touch of our loved ones once again. We thank you all for coming forth to visit with us. Please return to your place of rest and peace with our deepest love and gratitude until we meet again.
ARMER: HEKATE, Goddess of the Witches, we Honor you. Queen of the dead, we thank thee. We are grateful for your power and energy that helped lift the veil of the Underworld tonight. Hail and Farewell Hekate of the crossroads.
EVERYONE RESPOND: Hail and Farewell Hekate
ARMER: Divine Spirit, We thank thee for your power and strength that prevented wicked spirits from entering our circle. We bid thee farewell.
Guardians of the Watchtower in the North return from where you came with our thank you for your power and energy that helped me with our work tonight.
Guardians of the Watchtower in the West return from where you came with our thank you for your power and energy that helped me with our work tonight.
Guardians of the Watchtower in the South return from where you came with our thank you for your power and energy that helped me with our work tonight.
Guardians of the Watchtower in the East return from where you came with our thank you for your power and energy that helped me with our work tonight.
ARMER: The circle is now open but never broken. Thank you to my Brothers and Sisters of the Craft for being here tonight and lending your Power and Strength to the circle. I pray your visit to the Summerland’s was fruitful and enlightening. Merry part until we merry meet again. Have a blessed and Happy Samhain!