Solitary Samhain Ritual
Author: Erica Frank
A knife (must be sharp)
Apples or Grapes (pref. room temperature or warm)
Pomegranate (pref. chilled)
God and Goddess Candles on the altar
Small serving dishes
Cast your circle
Invoke deities by saying:
“Gaia, who nurtures all life, send your son Pan, Lord of the fields and flocks. May he join me in celebration and revelry.”
Light the God Candle and say:
“Pan, master of beasts and rough, primal forces–enter this circle; share your wild abandon! Bring to us joys and lusts; bring the last kiss of summer before the cold of winter. Join me, Pan! IO EVOE!
Face Altar Saying:
“Ouranous, who rules the heavens, send your daughter Hekate, She who guards against the terrors of the night. May she join me in celebration and reflection.”
Light Goddess candle and say:
“Hekate, queen of night and the restless spirits–enter this circle, share your peace and wisdom. Bring calm and endurance; bring guidance through the winter until the days grow warm. Join me, Hekate! IO EVOE!”
Cycling of the year:
Take the blade, and grapes [or apple]. Cut into fruit (apples or grapes); place on a plate, and offer it upwards & then hold it in front of you.
“I eat this last fruit of summer. May I be filled with the warmth that has ripened this fruit on the vine [or tree]. May I taste the sweetness of life in the sun.”
Eat, and pause to think about the end of summer.
Place knife on altar. Say: “Summer ends. Winter begins. The fields lie fallow, and the beast sleep in their homes. The Lord passes the mantle of guidance to the Lady as the nights grow cold and long.”
Take blade & pomegranate. Cut into it, place on plate; offer it upwards, then hold it in front of you. “I eat this first fruit of winter. May I feel the chill that ripened this fruit in the rind. May I taste the richness of life hidden away.”
Eat, and pause to think of what winter will bring.
Worship & prayers:
Say: “Hekate Apotropaios, averter of evil–control the wrath of the dead, whose spirits cry out for vengeance, and who may lash out at anyone they can reach. Protect the living from their rage. Hekate Chthonia, lady of the underworld–you have dominion over the hostile spirits who wander; guide them to their resting places, and seal the gates between the worlds. Hekate Phosphoros, light-bringer–bring us light and guidance as we stand in this doorway, this transition between peace and war. Let your torches show us the truths hidden in the shadows; lead us out of this darkness.”
Remembrance & contemplation:
“I now remember and honor those who have died this past year.”
Face altar, and mention someone who has passed in the last year that you will miss. This does not need to be someone you know personally. If you have incense, light a stick and wave it in a circle, or put another pinch on the charcoal for each person you mention. (Or light a candle.) If you have a token of the person (an item of theirs, or a photo), place it on the altar.
Continue until you’ve had the chance to remember as many people as you care to. Pause.
Simple Feast–cakes & wine, or whatever you want
Thank and release the Gods and Goddesses
“Pan, lord of the fields in summer, thank you for your presence, for sharing your joy in life. Before you depart to your winter realms, I drink deep in your honor” [raise cup, drink, spill some in libation bowl, set it down & raise hands over head]… “Hail Pan! Hail & farewell!”
“Hekate, lady of night & magic, thank you for your presence, for extending your protection. Before you depart to take up your winter duties, I drink deep in your honor” [raise cup, drink, spill some in libation bowl, set it down & raise hands over head] “Hail Hekate! Hail & farewell!”
Open the circle
Dismiss the elements