For Weddings And Funerals (Dead Man’s Bones)

Song: “Dead Man’s Bones”
Album: Dead Man’s Bones, 2009
Artist: Dead Man’s Bones

Dig a hole,
in the middle of the street.
Dig it down,
Six feet deep.

You should know,
that the world was built on bones.
Dressed in their best clothes,
there are rows and rows and rows,

Of dead man’s bones!
I’m talkin’ ’bout dead man’s bones!
Wherever you go,
take a look at your feet,
and down six feet deep
there’s dead man’s bones!

Bones! Bones! Bones, bones, bones, bones!

Dig ’em up,
Take ’em home
They’ve been livin’
Six feet deep!

You should know,
that the world was built on bones.
Take a look at your feet,
and down six feet deep
there’s dead man’s bones!

In the basement!
In the schoolhouse!
In the pavement!
In the water!
It’s a sound, (underground!)
there’s a sound! (underground!)
Six feet deep!

You should know,
that the world was built on bones.

Wherever you go,
take a look at your feet
down six feet deep
there’s dead man’s bones!
Bones! Bones! Bones, bones, bones, bones!

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She is Crone

She Is Crone

By Kellianna ©2010
Vocal and Frame Drum: Kellianna
Djembe and percussion: Tina Horn

She is teacher and experience
She is wisdom, She is Crone

She stirs the cauldron of all knowledge
She is the bringer of death and rebirth

In the darkness the time of Samhain
In the dreamtime she sits and stirs

She will lead you to your dark mind
And at the crossroads she’ll be your guide

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Hecate (Seridina)

Song: Hecate
Artist: Seridina
Album:From Within

 

Dark mother goddess of the crossroads
banish this darkness that is eating at my soul.
Why am I so lost?
Take this pain from me.

With twin torches in hand
guide me through your dark waters
so I may emerge reborn
for I am your daughter.

Hecate to thee I pray
guide me through my darkness
Hecate to thee I pray
hold me in the night

Waning moon, darkness grows
In my blood life force flows
Time to rest, wounds are healed
Look to self alls revealed

Hecate to thee I pray
guide me through my darkness
Hecate to thee I pray
hold me in the night

Mid-night dream, moon of mine,
Moonless night now begun.
Hour of dark, Goddess breathe
Show us now visions meant to be

Hecate to thee I pray
guide me through my darkness
Hecate to thee I pray
hold me in the night

Hecate to thee I pray
guide me through my darkness
Hecate to thee I pray
hold me in the night

Hecate to thee I pray
guide me through my darkness
Hecate to thee I pray
hold me in the night

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Hecate

Song: Hecate
Artist: Wendy Rule
Album: The Lotus Eaters

Gone are the leaves on the Hecate trees
Shed to the wind till her skeleton claws the sky
I am alone in a forest of memory
Dragging behind me the howl of the winter

Hecate, cate, cate (8x)

Gone are the leaves on the Hecate trees
Shed to the wind till her skeleton claws the sky
I am alone in a forest of memory
Dragging behind me the howl of the winter

Hecate, cate, cate (24x)

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Wheel of the Year

Song: Wheel of the Year
Artist: Moonstruck
Album: Witch of the Wildwoods
Year: 1999

The Wheel of the Year is an Unending Circle, Unending circle, unending circle
The wheel of the year is an unending circle,
Praise to our Lord and Lady

All things are part of the Unending Circle, unending circle, unending circle
All things are part of the Unending circle,
Praise to our Lord and Lady.

We are one with the unending circle….

Let us rejoice in the unending circle…

The Wheel of the Year is an unending circle….

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Come To The Labyrinth

Song: Come To The Labyrinth
Artist: S.J. Tucker
Album: Blessings

Walk between the worlds, bravely down the candle road.
The light will lead you deep into your core.
Move into the center, add your sorrow to the coals
with incense rising, steady as a prayer.
Though the heart is heavy as the dance is burning down,
may you raise your eyes and never bow your head.
We are not alone.

It only takes the tiniest of fires sometimes
to light the way you knew was aways there.
In the heart of matters, it’s the journey keeps us warm,
the lights that lead us where we are to go.
May you raise your eyes and know with every step:
we are not alone.

We are come to the labyrinth tonight,
walking one by one.
In the dark of Samhain, a riddle burning bright,
and candles waving down.

It only takes the tiniest of fires sometimes
to light the way you knew was always waiting for you there.
In the heart of matters, it’s the journey keeps us warm
and the incense rising steady as a prayer , steady as a prayer
May you raise your eyes and never bow your head.
Oh…May you raise your eyes and never bow your head.

We are come to the labyrinth tonight,
walking one by one.
In the dark of Samhain, a riddle burning bright,
and candles waving down.

We are come to the labyrinth tonight,
walking one by one.
In the dark of Samhain, a riddle burning bright,
and candles waving down.

We are vessels of the highest love
in a lesson, burning bright, the lesson of our lives.
When all our sorrows cauldron into one,
be reborn, this Samhain night.
When all our sorrows cauldron into one,
be reborn, this Samhain night.

We are come to the labyrinth tonight,
We are come to the labyrinth tonight,
We are come to the labyrinth tonight,
And the candles waving down.

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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