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Millie Knox

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Chantry of the Silver Veil

Feel free to adapt this ritual to your own circumstances and your own path.

 

 

 

 

 

Samhain Ritual 2001
by Millie Knox

Samhain is a time when the veil between worlds is thin, a time for the Lady to grieve, a time to honor death and the dead, a time to remember and revisit our ancestors, a time for embracing loss, and especially this year when the Blood Moon is waxing to full as the witching hour approaches, it is truly a magical time.

Preparation: The Altar is set up outdoors with candles for God and Goddess.., cakes and ale are ready on the altar with the bell ,athame , chalice, and salt, A black candle is set at the entrance to the circle for the Guardian, Quarters are set up with candles in each;  and water in the West, and incense in the East,  frankincense and dragons blood .

All participants are to have written a petition on parchment (onion skin typing paper will do) of those they would wish to visit us this night.

The HP anoints each participant with oil on the forehead and gathers her group under the rising bright Blood Moon and then rings the bell three times around the circle beginning and ending in the North.

HP holds up and presents the water to each quarter and all present and says: 

Behold water giver of life

Then she takes the chalice and pours the water into it and places it on the altar.

Taking the salt and presenting it in the same way she says:

Behold salt preserver of life

Then the salt is added to the water in the chalice, and the HP with her athame entering the chalice from above says:

The Lord is to the Lady as the athame is to the cup...let the salt and water mix and be purified for our purposes tonight

The HP then takes the water and sprinkles it around the edges of the circle saying: 

With earth and water I consecrate this space

The HP then takes the incense and smudges the edges of the circle saying:  

With fire and air I consecrate this space

Beginning in the North the HP faces each quarter and says:

 By the earth that is Her body turn to east

By the air that is His breath turn to south

By the fire of His loins turn to west

By the water of Her womb turn to north

The circle is cast&ldots;May you be at peace with your deities and yourselves

HP calls the guardian:

I call you Cerberus...join us tonight...guard our circle...Let None Enter That Would do Harm

Lights candle.

Hail and Welcome

All say.

Hail and Welcome

The HP or designated adepts call the quarters:

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Spirits of air, come join our circle tonight

Lights candle 

Hail and Welcome

All say

Hail and Welcome

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Spirits of fire, come join our circle tonight

Lights candle

Hail and Welcome

All say

Hail and Welcome

Guardians of the watchtowers of the West, Spirits of water, come join our circle tonight

Lights candle

Hail and Welcome

All say

Hail and Welcome

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Spirits of earth, Come join our circle tonight

Lights candle

Hail and Welcome

All say

Hail and Welcome

HP calls the Lord and Lady:

Lord come and stand with your Lady, for tonight you suffer death and journey to the Summerland, bring to us the wisdom of your journey to come

Lights candle

Hail and Welcome Lady come preside over our circle tonight, bring the peace of your grief and your loss, for tonight your Consort journeys to the Summerland

Lights candle

Hail and welcome

HP prepares the cauldron for petitions, executes a fire invoking pentagram and says:

Bring your petitions to the fire and as they burn, ready your self to welcome those you wish would visit tonight and think on the purpose of that visit...

HP then lights the fire.

After all petitions are in and burning the HP leads this chant:

Fire fire burning higher bring those to us that we desire

Fire fire burning higher bring those to us that we desire

Fire fire burning higher bring those to us that we desire

Continually raising energy until the fire extinguishes..HP then says: 

We send this energy to open the gateway and prepare to receive those who wish to visit.

She raises her arms and sends the energy

All gather sitting on the earth the HP still standing says:

Once a year we gather to honor those who have gone before...to invite those who would be with us to join us and celebrate with us...at this time when the veil is thin...

We Honor You...We Welcome You...Come Join Us Now...

Come ...Elizebeth...George...each in turn calls those near and dear to them that have traveled over

After all have been welcomed to the space the HP says:

All here join in celebration by sharing Cakes and Ale

HP offers thanks to the Lady for her bounty:

Lady we thank you for your gifts to us of the grain of the earth and the fruit of the vine...

We will have a round of thanks for those who chose to be with us. 

Here each in turn gives thanks and breaks bread and takes wine(the sacred welches can be used here if you so choose)

HP then drinks the balance of the ale and says:

We thank those who have visited and celebrated with us..and now it is time to go back to the Summerland...Hail and Farewell all say Hail and Farewell

HP says:

The gateway is closed till this time next year...Remember this night till then...

HP now closes the circle..beginning with the Lord and Lady:

And then closes the quarters ( or the designated adepts ) beginning in the North and then each quarter in turn moving widdershins.

Lady thank you for being with us tonight and sharing this special night with us

Extinguish candle 

Hail and Farewell  

All say 

Hail and Farewell

Lord we honor your memory and will suffer your absence as you journey to the Summerland this night...extinguish candle...Hail and Farewell

All say. 

Hail and Farewell

All facing North:

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Spirits of earth, thank you for joining us tonite

Exstinguish candle

Hail and Farewell.

All say.

Hail and Farewell

All facing West:

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Spirits of water, thank you for joining our circle tonight

Exstinguish candle

Hail and Farewell.

All say.

Hail and Farewell

All facing South:

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Spirits of Fire, thank you for joining our circle tonight

Exstinguish candle

Hail and Farewell.

All say.

Hail and Farewell.

All facing East:

Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Spirits of air, thank you for joining us tonight...

Exstinguish candle

Hail and Farewell

All say

Hail and Farewell.

HP: Guardian Cerberus thank you for guarding our circle tonight...I release you...Hail and Farewell.

All say.

Hail and Farewell.

All join hands in a circle and say:

The Circle is Open but Unbroken...Merry Meet...Merry Part...and Merry Meet Again