Friday, October 31, 2008
A Samhain Feast
Last night I gathered round my family for an early Samhain dinner and ritual, thought this year more than ever we needed to connect to the spirit world and to each other.
While I had planned a more formal ritual, my girls thought it a bit intense so I'll save it to do by myself this evening.
I was so fortunate that all of my daughters were available for dinner, also joining us was Bambi's beau who had never taken part in our Sabbat celebrations before. Poor dear, he ended up sitting right next to the table setting reserved for the spirits who were invited to visit..grin...he was a bit unnerved but handled it quite well! At the end he thanked me graciously for including him so that he could learn about a new culture. You are quite welcome, dear boy, I trust that you'll be back for the next one.
Because I planned this little event at the last minute, the menu was not quite as extensive as I would've liked, but everything came together quite nicely and everyone enjoyed the simple feast. (I believe Kevin had three servings of soup!)
After we stuffed ourselves on Four Cheese Potato Soup (I promise there were no spiders in there!) served in a Bread Bowl, wine, ale, we headed out to the patio for the spiritual part of the evening.
Because this is the Witches New Year, we consider it a time of deep reflection, an occasion to put aside the "ghosts" from the past year. With this in mind, I had everyone write down on paper those things that were haunting them from the past year, problems and issues, whatever they wanted to be free of for the coming year. I was pleased at how seriously everyone took this task, how much thought they put into what they scribbled on their bits of paper. When we were all done, we headed out to the chiminea where Beren had a roaring fire going already. In turn each of us stood before the flames, read each script and shared aloud what was written, if we chose to. Keeping it private was of course an option, the important part was the intent. Once read, we tossed those "ghosts" into the fire, never to be seen again. I closed the ritual with a "So mote it be" and we continued on with dessert! Frozen Pumpkin Pie was especially tasty eaten poolside, a tiny nip in the air, candles flickering all around.
A lovely early Samhain celebration, I am so ready for the New Year!