Samhain / All Hallows’ Eve Online Ritual by Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple

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Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan at the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Samhain Ritual & Salon on Sat., Oct. 29, 2016

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple had its in-person Samhain / All Hallows’ Eve Ritual and Salon on Sat., Oct. 29. While this online version is a greatly pared down version of our in-person ritual, though a little more involved than some of our online rituals, it is powerful in its own right and will connect you with the greater working of our Temple.

About our Samhain Ritual

At the time of Samhain, the veil between the worlds thins. The nights continue to grow longer. It is a time of death, of reaping our final harvest of the year, the harvest of meat, as we prepare to enter the darkness of winter. The farmers in Missouri, where our Temple is located, have taken the final crops out of the field. The Crows and Deer and other animals feast, as the hunters come for their own harvest to fill their freezers for winter.

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West on our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple altar at our Samhain Ritual & Salon on Oct. 29, 2016; Dion Fortune, Bast, Doreen Valiente, Nepthys, Chalices, Temple Healing List and Cauldron of Spirit

You can feel the crispness of the air and taste and smell the scent of Samhain on the autumn breezes as nature stalks its own, like death itself. Yet there is a peace this brings. The idea of “knowing your own death” or “meeting your own death” – Samhain gives us this chance. And once we face this. Once we face our own shadow. Then we can live without fear in our hearts and embrace the present moment with full awareness.

The Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple has much to celebrate and give thanks for this Samhain 2016! Here is a quick look of the community we have to be thankful for by the numbers. …

  • Three years ago our online community called Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon, had about 130 members. Today, it has flourished to over 700! (All are welcome to join!)
  • We also Samhain have over 600 folks who have “liked” and “followed” our relatively new Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple page!
  • In addition, we have almost 500 in our Witches, Shamans, Mages & Pagan Community Meet-up page!
  • We have just three quarters of a year under our belt with The Edge, our Spirit’s Edge Newsletter, and already our list of subscribers has flourished! (You may subscribe by visiting HERE.)

If you have not yet joined our online pages, we would love to have you join us!

Saturday night was a beautiful celebration of community and thanksgiving! We honored the incredible growth of our Temple and all of our accomplishments over the past four years. Here are a few more exciting things! …

  • We are undertaking our 3rd Annual Food Drive, benefitting Operation Food Search (to donate, just bring food items to one of our upcoming events through our Yule Ritual on Dec. 17).
  • We also currently have underway our 3rd annual Autumn/Fall Auction & Fundraiser and our most successful yet again this year to benefit our 501c3 efforts!
  • We are about to announce our first Women’s Spirit Circle gathering, and also a women’s shelter drive to go along with it!
  • We plan to hold our first On The Edge Grief Circle in December, starting smaller with it being open to members on our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon page, and then growing.
  • We are also celebrating over six months of a successful and beautiful Healing Spirit Circle providing healing to the community each month!

It is so exciting to see all of these plans of community and service coming to fruition! And what better time to celebrate than the Witch’s New Year!

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Honoring Anubis and Thoth at our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Samhain Ritual & Salon on Oct. 29, 2016

During our Temple’s Samhain ritual, we worked with the Egyptian pantheon – specifically Nepthys, Anubis, Isis, Thoth and Bast. We also partnered with the Hidden Company, the Mighty Dead of our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Tradition and other Mighty Dead. It was a powerful ritual of honoring our ancestors and communing with the Gods and the Hidden Company.

 

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Gorgeous Oak & Sweet Gum coins handcrafted by Alinore Rose from the vision received by Temple HPS Shea Morgan from Anubis; Alinore also made the Eyes of the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple & Tradition’s Sigil from the coins that had natural “eyes” in them – Blessed be!

Our members also received a token in remembrance of the working, which was handcrafted by Alinore Rose, making physically manifest a vision received by Shea Morgan from Anubis. They were so beautiful! They were Oak and Sweet Gum coins, which were wood-burned with an Ankh on one side and a Banishing Pentagram of Earth on the other side.

They are intended for two purposes: 1) protection and 2) as a meditation/ journey aide. In meditation, either place them on the eyes, hold them in each hand or place one on your third eye and one on your heart while you meditate/journey. We also have offered a few for sale in our annual fall fundraiser on our Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon group page – just visit the page and ask to join to check it out!

To see all the photos of our altar, the beautiful tokens and more, please visit our Samhain photo album on our Temple’s Facebook page.

Online Samhain Ritual

Timing:

You are welcome to perform your ritual at any time, but Samhain is often considered sundown October 31 to sundown November 1.

What you will need:

  • Images or representations of Nepthys and Anubis and Bast *and* a candle for each (you may print images online if you do not already have representations; you may even use tea lights for their candles), *and*
  • A candle (or tea light) for the Hidden Company/Mighty Dead, *and*
  • A tarot deck or oracle deck or runes set if you wish to do a divination as part of this ritual, *and*
  • Two coins of some type to work with in the meditation (wash or smudge them first), *and*
  • An offering of some type for the ancestors (water, liquor, wine, bread, tobacco or whatever speaks to you; you will offer it outside after your ritual)*and*
  • Your journal or something to write on and a pen.

What to do:

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Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Samhain Altar, Oct. 29, 2016

Prepare your altar space with your images of Nepthys & Anubis & Bast and your four candles, and your other items, then prepare yourself and your space according to your preference. You may cast a circle and call the quarters if you would like, but it is not necessary.

Speak from the heart to call Nepthys into your space, or you may say:

Hail Nepthys! Goddess of the Evening Sun!
Oh great lady, protect us as we gaze tonight on the Stars of the Northern Sky
Aid us in our journey with the guidance of your eternal flame within
Mistress, be with us, walk with us, commune with us this night, this sacred time of All Hallows’ Eve,
We feel the warmth of your love as it casts its light upon us…as that of a thousand evening suns.
Oh mighty guardian, guard now the gate.
Guide and make safe our path, Oh great Nepthys, as you journey with us tonight.
Hail and Welcome!

Light Her candle.

Speak from the heart to call Anubis into your space, or you may say:

Hail Anubis! Lord of the Sacred Land! Guardian and Protector of the Dead!
Oh majestic dog faced god! Black as night and sleek shine of gods!
You hold us to your chest, and we feel the heat of your embrace,
We know that in your arms, there is no harm we will ever face,
We call on you to lead us where we seek to go tonight.
We ask you now and always for your protection and sight.
Oh mighty guardian, guard now the gate.
Guide and make safe our path, Oh great Anubis, as you journey with us tonight.
Hail and Welcome!

Light His candle. 

Hail Bast! Queen of Cats and Priestess of Witches!
Black of night and stalking prey! Hear us now as we call you this day!
Heal our soul as we follow our higher self’s path of truth divine,
Walk with us, guide us, commune with us, help us as we tarry forth tonight
Midnight sun, shining and empowering us with strength and might
Protectress, watch over us and guide us true,
Aid us now tonight and in all we do,
Oh mighty guardian, guard now the gate.
Guide and make safe our path, Oh great Priestess Bast, as you journey with us tonight.
Hail and Welcome!

Light Her candle. 

Call to the Hidden Company and the Guardians of the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple & Tradition:

We call to the Hidden Company of the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Tradition. Join us, walk with us, be with us, commune with us.

We call to the Temple of the Twelve Signs.
We call to the Council of the Twelve Signs.
We call to the Twelve Goddesses.
We call to the Twelve Gods.
We call to the Twelve Members of the Hidden Company of our Tradition.
We call to you to be present here with us.
Of the twelve Hidden Company, we further call…Dion Fortune, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente, Agrippa, Copernicus and Black Elk.

Be with us tonight. Bring us your messages. Guide and protect us on our path. Be with us, walk with us, commune with us. We also call to the honorable Witches, Shamans and Mages who have walked this path before and we call to their wisdom.

Alignment:

This is the time of Samhain. At Samhain we remember those who have crossed the veil before us. Ancestors of our blood and also those of our tradition and path. The Witches, Shamans and Mages who have walked this path before. If we have the courage, we can see beyond the veil, beyond the waters of the sea of the dead.

Meditation:

You may wish to meditate with Nepthys, Anubis, Bast and The Hidden Company. You may wish to perform your own meditation to the Otherworld / Underworld to seek out the ancestor or dead who has the message for you at this time for your highest good. If so, place a coin over each eye, or over your third eye and heart, or hold one in each hand. (If you did not smudge them, please be sure to smudge them first.)  And/or you may hold them while you ponder and journal on…

  • What does the time of Samhain mean to you? What do you see of the cycle of death, life and rebirth in your life?
  • What changes have you made in this past year? What transformations do you wish to make in this next year?
  • What no longer serves you? Of what can you gently let go? Letting go of things that no longer serves provides fertilizer for the seeds we plant for new growth come spring.
  • What seeds do you wish to plant now for harvest in the spring?

Divination:

Take your divination system. Have your pen/paper/journal handy. Draw one card or rune for each of the 12 months of the next year – for Nov. 2016 through Oct. 2017. During the year, you may place the card or rune for each month on your altar and meditate on that card or rune for its messages for you that month.

Build Power:

In ritual work, we make an Act of Power and we build that power to fuel the Work. This is a chant by Doreen Valiente from her book Witchcraft for Tomorrow. You may use a rattle or drum. You may dance in place or around your circle or simply sit. Chant this three times through (more if you prefer) in the way that speaks to you. It was not set to music and was intended to be chanted.

Fire red, summer’s dead
Yet it shall return.
Clear and bright, in the night,
Burn, fire, burn!
Chorus:
Dance the ring, luck to bring,
When the year’s a-turning.
Chant the rhyme at Hallows-time,
When the fire’s burning.

Fire glow, vision show
Of the heart’s desire,
When the spell’s chanted well
Of the witching fire.
Chorus:
Dance the ring, luck to bring,
When the year’s a-turning.
Chant the rhyme at Hallows-time,
When the fire’s burning.

Fire spark, when nights are dark
Makes our winter’s mirth.
Red leaves fall, earth takes all,
Brings them to rebirth.
Chorus:
Dance the ring, luck to bring,
When the year’s a-turning.
Chant the rhyme at Hallows-time,
When the fire’s burning.

Fire fair, earth and air,
And the heaven’s rain,
All blessed be, and so may we,
at Hallows-tide again.
Chorus:
Dance the ring, luck to bring,
When the year’s a-turning.
Chant the rhyme at Hallows-time,
When the fire’s burning.

Closing the Ritual:

At this time you may choose to speak words of love and gratitude to Nepthys, Anubis, Bast and the Hidden Company. When you feel you are finished, thank the spirits for their presence in your space and wish them farewell. Then close your circle according to your own tradition. Take your offering and make it outside somewhere in nature.

Be sure to journal your experience and to pay close attention to your dreams, synchronicities and omens that you may receive over the next few weeks in answer to your working of this rite.

Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech and Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan having some fun with picture time at the Spirit's Edge Shamonial Temple Samhain Ritual & Salon on Sat., Oct. 29, 2016. Blessed Samhain & Blessed be!

Temple Secretary Lindsey Piech and Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan having some fun with picture time at the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple Samhain Ritual & Salon on Sat., Oct. 29, 2016. Blessed Samhain & Blessed be!

May blessings come to you and yours in this Witch’s New Year! Blessed Samhain! Blessed be!

Thank you for joining our Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple’s Samhain Ritual! We happily encourage you to post photos of your working to share the love of Samhain on our Facebook pages – Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple (and “like” and “follow” us there!) and Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon (All are welcome to join!). For more information on all of our offerings, you may check out our Facebook pages and also our Spirit’s Edge website.

This ritual was written by Temple High Priestess Shea Morgan, unless noted otherwise, and all rights are reserved. It may be used for your personal use only. If you wish to use this or a variation for a group in the future, please contact Shea Morgan for the Spirit’s Edge Shamonial Temple at ravins52252@mypacks.net; this ritual may not be published or used publicly elsewhere without prior written permission and attribution.

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