2015 Samhain Ritual Outline

MOOD

Joyful celebration. (More like a wake, not like a funeral)

SIZE AND DESIGN

This ritual is designed for about 40 people. Contains elements of drama and guests were invited to come in black, white, or blues. The could bring drums and shakers and participate in song and music. Jars with beans were provided as extra shakers for those who did not have any.

PURPOSE

To honor the element of water, our ancestors, and the great Spirit as the Lord and Lady energy working is in three parts:

  • We honor them by offering our voices in song as we Open the way.
  • We honor them by retelling of the story of Tam Lin for their pleasure as a bit of ritual theater.
  • We honor them by helping ourselves and each other cleanse spiritually during the Angel Wash and when we pour out all the things that need to be let go as we enter a new cycle of the year-wheel.

OPENING SECTION

Entering Space: Samhain Lisa Thiel

Welcome

Purpose of Ritual:  Honor Ancestors with Wishes/Prayers/Performances

Light UU Chalice

Cast the Circle

Call the Elements:

Call the Ancestors:

Call Lord and Lady :

MIDDLE SECTION (ENERGY WORK)

  • Energy Wave 3:  Centering prayer. Moment of silence. Water cauldron emptied.  Angel Wash Song (Double lines.  Guests walk 2 at a time through the symbolic water hoop)

ENDING SECTION

Farewell Lord & Lady:

Farewell to Ancestors

Closing the Corners:

Close the Circle:

Extinguish UU Chalice

Postlude

Clean Up

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