Samhain 2016 Ritual and Omen

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We made lanterns to guide the Ancestors and scare away negative forces.  Our member Cassandra graciously donated several baby food jars for us to reuse.  Photo by Weretoad, 2016.

On the 29th of October, Northern Rivers Grove gathered to honor the turning of the wheel and celebrate Samhain.  Grey Catsidhe lead the ritual to honor the Ancestors.  Members and guests came together to make a memorable ritual.  There was singing, heartfelt offerings, tearful stories of beloved dead, and laughter as we remembered the good times with our recently dead.  As always, our traditional Apple Rite was a moving experience.  Ancestors of blood and heart were invited and remembered.

Our Ancestor Altar.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2016.

For our omen, the Nature Spirits gave us the bull, a symbol of wealth.  This seemed to be a nod to the wealth of the land we received and should store to get through the winter.  We have what we need and should be grateful for it.  The Ancestors appropriately gave us the raven.  Yes, it is a symbol of death, but it is also a reminder of rebirth.  We also took it to mean that the Ancestors definitely heard us and were there.  The Ancestors seemed to remind us of our mortality and promise us of some sort of continuation.  Finally, the Gods and Goddesses gave us the bear.  This card represents listening to our instincts, especially with regards to the land.  As we are moving to the cold half of they ear, the Gods and Goddesses remind us to listen to our bodies and take time to rest as the bear will.  Overall, the omens were very positive.

Our central altar.  Photo by Grey Catsidhe, 2016.

 

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