Samhain Rite

by Ravemore

-Cast the Ritual Circle.

-Perform The Sacrament.

Declaration

Kneeling or standing before the altar say:

We stand between the old year and the new. The veil between our land and the Underworld is thin, and it is a time when those who have died and await rebirth can return briefly between dusk and dawn. Therefore, we set an extra place at our table… and we remember. The Great Goddess Morrígan has granted this reprieve.

Our Great God Lugh, who has sacrificed much that we may continue, has reached the Underworld to await his rebirth, his long journey from the mortal world now complete. The Horned One has watched over his travels on the Low Road, even as he watches over ours. Morrígan the Crone greets him, welcomes him, and walks with him in darkness. The Mother Danu weeps at his absence, and the land becomes cold and barren. The Maiden Bridgit sequesters herself away from man and beast, the fires of desire smoldering low like ashes on the late evening hearth.

Opening Invocation

Kneeling or standing before the altar say:

Horned God of the Witches, Great Cernunnos,
I utter your name into the darkness.
Giver of knowledge, Goat God of the witches I invoke thee,
By standing stone, and twisted tree.
By fiery flame and starlight pale,
In shadowy hosts that ride the gale.
By moonlit meadow and dusky hill,
When haunted wood is hushed and still.
Come to the tone of chanted prayer,
As the moon bewitches the midnight air.
Come to us from dark depths below,
When the pale white moon is climbing slow. (1)

– Prayers and invocations can be offered to the individual Gods and Goddesses at this time.

Sacrifice

Offer a sacrifice of bones and ash to The Gods, laying them upon a plate on the altar. After the circle is opened, the sacrifice can be burned in the bonfire or buried beneath a tree.