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Emy
October 21st, 2001, 12:55 PM
This ritual was written by Scott Cunningham, and was taken from his book Wicca A guide for the solitary practitioner.

"Place upon the altar apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers such as marigolds and chrysanthemums are fine too. Write on a piece of paper an aspect of your life which you wish to be free of: anger, a baneful habit, misplaced feelings, disease. The cauldron or some similar tool must be present before the altar as well, on a trivet or some other heat-proof surface (if the legs aren't long enough). A small, flat dish marked with an eight-spoked weel symbol should also be there.

Prior to the ritual, sit quietly and think of friends and loved ones who has passed away. Do not despair. Know that they have gone on to greater things. Keep firmly in mind that the physical isn't the absolute reality, and that souls never die.

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the circle of stones.

Recite the Blessing Chant
Invoke the Goddess and God
Lift one of the pomegranates and, with your freshly washed white-handled knife, pierce the skin of the fruit. Remove several seeds and place them on the wheel-marked dish.
Raise your wand, face the altar and say:

On this night of Samhain I mark your passing,
O Sun King, through the sunset into the Land of the Young.
I mark also the passing of all who have gone before,
and will go after. O Gracious Goddess,
Eternal Mother, You who gives birth to the fallen,
teach me to know that in the time of the greatest
darkness there is light.

Taste the pomegranate seeds; burst them with your teeth and savor their sharp, bittersweet flavor. Look down at the eight-spoked symbol on the plate, the wheel of year, the cycle of the seasons, the end and beginning of all creation.

Light a fire within the cauldron (a candle is fine). Sit before it, holding the piece of paper, gazing at its flames. Say:

Wise One of the Waning Moon
Goddess of the starry night,
I create this fire within Your cauldron
to transform that which is plaguing me.
May the energies be reversed:
From darkness, light!
From bane, good!
From death, birth!

Light the paper in the cauldron's flames and drop it inside. as it burns know that your ill diminishes, lessens and finally leaves you as it is is consumed within the universal fires.

If you wish, you may attempt scrying or some other form of divination, for this is a perfect time to look into the past or futur. Try to recall past lives too, if you will. But leave the dead in peace. Honor them with your memories but do not call them to you. Release any pain and sense of loss you may feel into the cauldron's flames.

Works of magic, if necessary, may follow.
Celebrate the simple feast.
The circle is released."


Blessings

mol
October 22nd, 2001, 09:44 AM
This is still a beautiful ritual, even after all this time.

Emy
October 22nd, 2001, 10:51 AM
I agree :) Simple but beutiful :)

MystIc_WolF
October 20th, 2003, 01:41 PM
The only thing that I find confusing is the refference to the "dish marked with an eight-spoked wheel symbol". I've actually looked around a couple occult shops (really only one wiccan supply store, the other was a more general occult shop and didnt have much of anything on Wicca), and haven't been able to find anything at all like this. Does he expect the reader to make said item, or is there some place you can actually buy stuff like this?

Snowflake
October 22nd, 2003, 09:06 PM
I was just gonna post a new post and than I saw this. :)
I loved this ritual,
May I ask what else others will be doing for Samhain?

I will also, along with a ritual, set an extra plate at the dinner table. My kids are old enough now, not to be freaked by it.
*I'm in the closet with the door open* :rolleyes:

moonkitty
October 23rd, 2003, 01:27 PM
To Mystic Wolf,
In the references He does state, "This (meaning the eight spoked wheel) is just what it sounds like. On a flat plate or dish, paint a large circle. Put a dot in the center of this circle and paint eight spokes radiating out from the dot to the larger circle. Thus, you have a wheel symbol-a symbol of the Sabbats."
So, you could easily make this yourself, however whatever materials you want. Hope this helps;-}

SpookyOne
October 23rd, 2003, 02:46 PM
I don't post very much, but this one time of year next to Beltane that my wife and I really look forward to.

We do our own variation of Scott's....