Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Samhain activity and ritual ideas (FD)

Bob for Apples

Drink apple cider warmed and spiced with cinnamon to honor the dead.

Bury an apple or pomegranate in the garden as food for spirits passing by on their way to be reborn.

Carve a Jack-o-Lantern. Pick a spirit candle.
This is a white candle anointed with patchouli oil. Say:
"With this candle and by its light,
welcome you spirits this Samhain night."
Place it inside the jack-o'-lantern.

Set out a Mute Supper.

Have a New Years party to celebrate the turning of the wheel!

Make a mask of your shadow self.

Make a besom, or witches broom.

Make a witches cord as an expression of what you hope to manifest in the year ahead. Enjoy the trick or treating of the season.

Wear costumes that reflect what we hope or wish for in the upcoming year.

Make resolutions, write them on a small piece of parchment, and burn in a candle flame, preferably a black votive candle within a cauldron on the altar. This is like New Year's resolutions; as for many Samhain is the New Year.

Divination - Samhain is the beginning of the pagan year; divinations were done to see the future of the coming year. It is said that this is the time of the Crone and it is incumbent upon us to see whatever wisdom she is willing to part with on our behalf. Many types of divination are practiced for Samhain. Dark Mirrors - Fire or Water Scrying - Tarot cards - and of course the Crystal Ball.

Make masks and costumes representing the different aspects of the Goddess and God, and wear them to your rituals, or use them to decorate your altar area.

Toll "Lost in the Dark" bells.

Try hanging out with friends and dress up to go see the Rocky Horror Picture show (I've never done this, but some of my friends do!!)

Private Meditation

Hold a Private Ritual and focus on the traditional themes for Samhain, such as Life, Death and Rebirth.

Try learning a new form of divination to practice and then try to see what the coming year has in store for you.

Clip articles from the newspaper that have things to do with paganism and put them in a scrapbook.

Eat some candy!!

Host a Halloween party for your friends and neighbors

Volunteer at a Publicly sponsored Haunted House

Write an essay or editorial to the newspaper to educate people on the real associations and practices of Halloween and witches (pagans, wiccans, etc)

Hold a Group Ritual with people of similar practices

Carve Pumpkins with all sorts of neat designs.

Go Trick or Treating!

Read stories with a Halloween theme. The Meagan Stories are wonderful for this.

Talk about the history of Samhain with your child(ren). Don't just start offering them a lot of information that they may or may not need to know. If they ask questions, give them simple, but honest answers.

(Click here to see the page I got this list of ideas from).

3 days before Samhain, decorate an empty jar with pins, ribbons, feathers, confetti, tissue paper, etc. You may also want to add a photo of a deceased loved one on the jar. Write a letter to this loved one telling them about something you yearn for. Choose a serious need rather than a frivolous wish. Burn the letter and put the ashes in the Yearnin’ Urn. Light a candle next to the urn and let it burn for 3 days. On the night of Samhain, release the ashes in to the wind.

Take a set of ribbons –one white, one black, and one red. Say: White for life, black for death, red for rebirth. Bind these strands together remembering those you have lost. Then braid or knot the ribbons together. Focusing on your lost loved ones. When you are done, place them on your personal altar.

Do a divination ritual.

(The above ideas were adapted from the ideas on the "Samhain ritual ideas" page on Selenai's Blog; click here to read the page).


Rita said...

Wow! What a lot of choices! Let us know what you pick. :)

AliceKay said...

There certainly are a lot of things you can do to celebrate Samhain. I'm with Rita...let us know what you choose to do. :)

That corgi :) said...

thanks for explaing what Samhain was; sure lots of interesting things to do as part of it.


Toriz said...

Rita, AK & Betty:
Yes, there are several things you can pick!

If I'd commented on this before my post for Friday went up I'd have said, "I'm doing a post on Friday to tell you what I'll be doing to celebrate." But, since I got here after the post got published, I'll change it to, "see my Friday post for what I'll be doing to celebrate." (Although, I think you already did... LOL!)