VOTE! 2017 SAMHUINN/BELTANE RITUALS

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VOTE! 2017 SAMHUINN/BELTANE RITUALS

Poll ended at 31 Oct 2017, 11:12

AshRocks -- Creating Wickerman
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nollaig -- Nollaig's Simple Samhuinn Rite
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VOTE! 2017 SAMHUINN/BELTANE RITUALS

Postby Earthwoman » 23 Sep 2017, 16:25

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Re: 2017 SAMHUINN/BELTANE RITUAL ENTRIES: GIFTS TO THE ANCESTORS

Postby AshRocks » 03 Oct 2017, 17:42

Each year following Alban Elfin, we create a Wickerman to honor the fruits of the harvest and to begin preparing for our Samhuinn Ritual.

Creating Wickerman.
Soon after the Autumn Equinox, we gather fallen branches and trim and tie them together with jute to make Wickerman's underlying structure. We also harvest natural items from our gardens and surrounding forests to build his body: each year he's unique based on what we collect, yet we ensure he has a head, a heart, arms, legs, and a proper "willy" to represent fertility and abundance. Jute cord and wire holds him together. We play "John Barleycorn" to honor the ancestors while Wickerman emerges from our creative efforts. It's a happy time filled with much laughter and song.

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A forked branch makes a good body and legs. Arms are added with a long stick, bound to the body with jute.
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2014 Wickerman
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2017 Wickerman at this year's Beltain pole.

Samhuinn Ritual
At Samhuinn we build a bonfire and cast a circle around it. Within the circle is an altar where we have candles placed in birch bark "candelabras" next to a birch tree. Entrants to the circle are smudged with purifying sage. We hail the quarters and invite the Lord and Lady, elementals, and friendly spirits to our circle with the purpose of honoring them and our ancestors. We invite each person to light one or more candles to honor those who have left this realm (including pets, if one likes) as they wish. People are invited to walk the labrynth and/or reflect on those who have passed. They're also invited to write messages to the ancestors on small pieces of paper which they tie to Wickerman with ribbons. When all are reassembled facing the bonfire, messages of peace and gratitude are shared around the circle. Then Wickerman is tossed onto the fire so that he may carry messages to the spirits in the rising smoke. We close the circle, thanking everyone (including the Lord, Lady, and Spirits), and inviting all to stay or go as they wish. We share libations and food to help us ground, being sure to set out plates of food for the ancestors.
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Re: 2017 SAMHUINN/BELTANE RITUAL ENTRIES

Postby nollaig » 19 Oct 2017, 17:06

Nollaig's Simple Samhuinn Rite

Required items:
A candle and either a lighter or matches
Nuts and dried fruit
A glass of your favourite Autumnal beverage


THE OPENING (as you regularly perform it)

THE RITE

Give yourself a moment to breathe and center.

When you are ready, light the candle and say:

"By lighting this candle, I celebrate the festival of Samhuinn. With this fire I honour The Source of this season, my ancestors and the turning of the sacred wheel of the year. I am thankful for the gifts of death and life, of dark and light, and of the promise of both transformation and metamorphosis. I am also grateful for this Feast of the Dead, the promise of the Otherworld, and for the opportunity to let go of yesterday's burdens with expectant hope in a bright and joy-filled tomorrow."

Eat and drink, then take a moment to reflect on, and then release any time bound burdens that you carry within your heart.

Blow out the candle.

THE CLOSING (as you regularly perform it)

Eat, drink and make merry with the residents Otherworld -- the veil is thin.
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Re: VOTE! 2017 SAMHUINN/BELTANE RITUALS

Postby Earthwoman » 24 Oct 2017, 11:29

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