What do I do for Samhain?
This year, I dedicated my Samhain time to honoring the recent passing of my Dad. I lacked the energy to a formal ritual and in my grieving state I was in no mood to celebrate.
So my partner and I decided to create an altar of mourning. I searched for inspiration online however most of the Samhain Wiccan altars I found were too happy for my current mood. We decided to go off instinct. We had planned to let the creative process be our ritual. But after making the altar a more clear ritual emerged.
1: We did grounding breaths
2: We walked through a doorway and tiny path ( we made a pathway out of recycle tires –reborn symbol:) towards the altar.
3: We took a drink and then pour some for the deceased. ( similarly to pouring a beer on the ground for those who have passed)
4: We each tossed dirt onto a silver box and said” ashes to ashes…”
5: We each placed a penny into a bowel of water ( which had a makeshift boat inside).
6: We close by ringing a Bell.
* In the background we had on a Day of the Dead station
The ritual was spontaneous but manages to incorporate Wiccan, Norse, Christian spiritualities.