There were 3 SweetWood members at the ritual Wendy, Delta and Iacchus. We had Mokasiya, Mary, and Bo (local folk), Patricia from Oregon (Wisconsin City) and D’Arcy, Pat and Dawn from La Crosse for a total of 10 good folk showing up for SweetWood Temenos Samhain 2007. The woods were just simply magical…the trail down into the woods were light with torches and Jack O’ Lanterns. The just past full moon was riding high and rose far to the north (of east).
The good folk could see the rising moon though the bare branches of the woods. The moonlight brightened the wood and the circle with its silver light for the rest of the evening. Then when the Good Folk left for their homes they walk out from the woods into this bright silver light that bathed the whole of the field. Delta and Iacchus were the priestess and priest.
We had a good hot oak fire for the memorial of the ancestors and use dried lavender to cast into the fire in remembrance. Iacchus took on the role of the Moon God and spoke words of remembrance. Delta took on the Crone-Goddess role and gave omens. We then broke and shared bread, shared water, pored a libation for peace, took down the circle and had a good feast. Most good folk left by 9:30 pm. Iacchus and Delta pick up afterward. Iacchus stayed behind until 10:30 pm or so to take in the beauty and mystery of the circle and woods.
The Fire blazing in the circle, the silver moon light seeping into the woods, starry night with the Jack O’ Lanterns smiling along the path to the circle and the 7 torches shining in the dark like fairy guides in the night. Oh what a sight to sit by the fire and to look back up into the woods. I sang praise and thanksgiving for the ancestors, SweetWood Temenos and its Good Folk.
Blessed be and Never Thirst