I was just suggesting to a friend on Facebook that we need to publish more rituals for the community to draw upon. I figured that maybe I should see if I could find a few that folk might be interested in. Here is the Samhain ritual that we did in 2013. Note that for Samhain rites we do not invoke a gatekeeper since the veils between the worlds is thin.
- One of the women should have a bundle of dry sticks.
- Participants will be asked to hold one particular ancestor or departed loved one in mind to call out to. They may bring an offering/light a candle and/or say a few words to them.
The group processes towards the nemeton. As they approach, Druid 1 asperges them with water, saying “May the waters of the Earth Mother cleanse you.” and Druid 2 purifies them with incense, saying “May the air of the Sky Father purify you.”
Initiating the Rite:
The group gathers in a circle around the centre.
“Of old, on Samhain the Celts would put out their hearth fires and clean their fireplaces. Then the women would spend Samhain day gathering dry wood. Have the women come with dry wood?”
A woman brings forth a bundle of dry wood. Druid continues:
“With such wood, the men folk would build a need-fire. Without fire, the tribe would not survive the coming winter, so it must be made or we shall perish. But once lit, each member of the tribe would bring home with them an ember of the need fire to kindle anew their hearth fires.
Now, if the women would raise some energy, we men shall try to kindle the need fire!”
The men work on kindling the fire while the women chant:
“Come fire come we welcome you
come fire come we honour you”
Establishing the Group Mind
When the fire is kindled, all of the folk join hands and dance deosil, singing:
“Fire red, summer’s dead
Yet it shall return.
Clear and bright, in the night,
Burn, fire, burn!”