Getting Ready for Samhain

Samhain is one of Frederick CUUPS largest rituals of the year.  We are so grateful that so many people choose to spend this beautiful holiday with us!  This year’s Samhain ritual will be Sunday, October 30th, at 7 pm.

Frederick CUUPS co-chair Irene recorded a video going over information about the ritual as well as the chants we’ll be using. Click here or on the video below to view.

Samhain falls at the time of year the light noticeably fades. Pagans reflect on and review the past year and welcome the Celtic New Year. In this season, Pagans also honor death as a part of the sacred circle of life and remember those who have died. We will share a Samhain celebration (led by Irene). Parents, please remember that grief is a part of Samhain and decide whether your child will be comfortable exploring those emotions.

Please feel free to bring an item or items for the Ancestral/Remembrance Altar. This year, we will have spaces for Ancestors, Beloved Friends, Ancestors of the Order (ascended masters, trailblazing witches – the Mighty Dead of Witchcraft), and Animal Companions. You are also welcome to bring your preferred method of divination (tarot cards, runes, what have you) for the Potluck and socializing afterward. Samhain is a wonderful time for divination. And no worries if you don’t do any divining–I’m sure there’ll be plenty of readers who would be happy to practice on you 🙂

We will be using four chants during the course of the ritual, the link to the video is above.

Fire Releasing by Irene Glasse (starts at 4:50 in the video)

Fire turn the dark to light
Release the shadows to the night
Break the chains and set me free
Samhain Fire, transform me
Samhain Fire, transform me

There is No Time by Kellianna (starts at 6:00 in the video)

There is no time but now
There is no place but here
In the sacred we do stand
In a circle hand in hand

Invocation (starts at 7:38 in the video)
(Part 1) Carry our words on the wings of the wind
(Part 2) Come to us our blessed kin

Weaver Weaver (starts at 9:07 in the video)

Weaver, weaver weave this thread,
Whole and strong into your web.
Healer, healer, heal our pain,
In love may they return again

Traditional dress for Samhain is harvest colors or dark colors (mourning dress).

Potluck to follow the ritual, please clearly LABEL any offerings with the ingredients included.

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