2008 Samhain Rituals and Vigil
held two Samhain rituals, a vigil, a pumpkin parade, and a seance. 28
attended the Saturday ritual, 18
stayed at the Vigil until dawn and helped take down altars and clean
the house, and 20
attended the Sunday ritual.
Our Samhain rituals honored the Oneiroi, the Greek Dream Kings. Imagine
eating a lot of junk food, falling asleep, and dreaming of a Druid ritual....
Participants were blindfolded and seated and left to dream the ritual
in their own heads, cued by sounds and smells and the invocations. Meditations
brought us into a waking dream state where we could each individually
meet our kindreds. The Oneiroi were Morpheus (Jenniforensic), Phobetor,
whom the Gods call Ikelos (Maggie), and Phantasmos (Jeff on Saturday,
Josh on Sunday). Hypnos (Marc) opened the gates. Our muses were Eros
(Karl on Saturday, Norma on Sunday) and Thanatos (Maria). Helpers included
Tricia, Patty, Ed (Saturday) and Karl (Sunday). Our omens for Saturday
(from Ian Corrigan's new 9x9 deck) were: The Wonder Child, The Family
Tomb, and The Cosmos Tree. For Sunday, our omens were: Feather, The
Milky Way, and Tilled Land. We also gave each participant an omen from
this deck, and a spooky greenish marble of uranium glass.
kept a fire going all night and sent offerings to the Kindreds and the
Oneiroi, despite the early rain. Altars were dedicated to the Oneiroi,
Nyx, Nyx's children, our Ancestors, our Nature Spirits and Spirits of
Place, Gods and Goddesses, Manannan Mac Lir, Brigid, and the Outsiders.
Near midnight we paraded a pumpkin noisily around the block (thanks,
Maria). During the night we read from our grove Book of Names of the
beloved departed, and we held a puja to Kali and a traditional Spiritualist-style
seance. The backyard was full of altars under the tarped grape arbor.
Lots of good food, good conversation all night. Thanks to all who helped
out cleaning and setting up. Special thanks to Maria, Marc, Jen, and
Josh for helping to set up the house Sunday morning. Special thanks
to our Kitchen Witches who went beyond the call of duty: Alex on Saturday
and for the Vigil until dawn, and Bob on Sunday.
by Bob, Marc, Ed, Norma, Jeff, Elena.