This Samhain was a cold and wet one. It was cloudy all day with light rain. I almost called it off. But Lady Lee called on me to remember that we could use the shelter as its existence is in part for use when weather does not permit ritual in the Sweetwood circle.
So I prepared the gravel floor around the shelter’s fire brazier. As I was doing this some new folk (a young man, spouse and their 2-3 year old child) invited by Lady Lee came by. The young man offered to help. So we moved the dry wood out of the way and then he helped me to fetch a load full of wood. Then the other good folk came by and helped getting more wood and starting the fire for the ritual.
Eleven good folk in all, Ken, Lady Lee, Jeanne, Brent, Martha, Thomas, Josh, D.J., Amanda, Michael (the child) and I, assembled for the ritual under the Shelter at about 5:45 pm October 21st. The picnic tables were full with the food and drink for the feast after the ritual. The good folk ran electric from the power box for heating soup and hot cider. Eight carved pumpkins with lit candles were spread around the circle and the altar in the north was set.
My priestess was not feeling good so she did not attend and so I asked for help from the assembled good folk. Everyone participated in invoking the circle and special thanks to Lady Lee for being a priestess for Hecate and offering omens (Tarot’s major arcanna cards) as guidance for the coming year for all who chose to and to Jeanne in being the water jar barer.
The ritual included the invocation and de-vocation of the circle, words of the season, remembering the ancestors, the words of the God, omen offering, charging up the water with a chant, water sharing, bread offering (oatmeal raison cookies), and the pouring of libations in remembering and honoring good deeds of others and making blessings or prayers.
At the opening of the circle it was dark and we had eight smiling pumpkins at us. The good folk gave hugs and kisses to one another and the feast began. All pulled up chairs around the fire and a lively conversation ensured with laughter and good cheer. Then around 8:30 pm the good folk started to leave. Everyone helped picking up the tables, the food and the trash. All left with hugs, kisses and smiles. It was a bit tricky for the good folk getting out as the field road was wet from all day light rain. But we were fortunate as all got out with out much difficulty.
I felt very moved by this ritual. My encounter with Hecate was meaningful. It also showed me that with a good attitude and some good folk, weather is no limit to holding a ritual at Sweetwood. Further I am impressed by how the good folk’s participation creates depth and meaning in the ritual. Thank you, Thank you!
This Samhain ritual was held on the Dark of the Moon. I have been monthly invoking the Gods and Goddesses and pouring libations for world peace, Sweetwood prosperity and my loved ones on the dark of the moon. The water used for this libation is charged by the sexual lovemaking between my lovers and I. I do an act of magic where I enjoy the love and pleasure of the moment and release this energy as beam of light from my heart sent to a goblet of water. This goblet sets on a talisman signifying Sweetwood Temenos positive sexuality according to the understanding that I dedicated to Astraea and Genesha. The last of the good folk remaining after the Samhain ritual feast were invited to follow me to the ritual circle and altar to pour this libation. It was a beautiful experience to share this libation with them. Thank you Ken, Lady Lee and Jeanne!