Rites of Samhain
The sacred feast of Samhain is an ancient one in the
pagan world. It celebrates several events ...
In agrarian societies it signified the end of the harvest
It is also the time of the year when the veil between this
world and the Otherworld is at its thinnest; when we may be
able to communicate with our ancestors or entities in the
Otherworld. We use this opportunity to honor our forebears,
and to ask for their help and indulgence during the time we
have left on this earth.
In these northern latitudes, we have a gathering
season. It is a time when summer activities cease. The
fish are in, the berries picked. When tools are put away,
our summer implements taken care of and laid aside until
next year. We prepare for winter.
The first snows are coming, or have already dusted our
beautiful land. The animals are starting to hibernate,
and the trees and willows have shed their leaves in order
to endure the cold, dark winter that is coming. The land
is lying down to sleep, the slumber of peace and of rest,
and is awaiting the blanket of snow that will clothe her
for the coming months.
In the sky, the sun is waning and the days are getting
shorter. Each day the sun has a lesser grip on our
activities and our spirits, yet it also becomes more and
more important. The god of the sun will continue to wane
until the shortest day, Yule, when it is at its weakest
yet is awakening in power and the days again become longer.
We thank Aurora, goddess of the Sunrise and of the
Sunset for the beautiful seasons, and the blessings of the
sun on our upturned faces. And we also thank the Moon
Goddess for lighting our path with her gentle glow.
We thank our ancestors for having taught us these things,
and many more, as we celebrate this glorious day with a
feast so that we may be ready for the scarcities of winter.