Samhain or Spring (May 9-13) Ritual
This ritual should be performed barefoot. Although if you do this ritual for Samhain, you may want to wear socks. I'm sure the Goddess will understand :-)
You will need: Incense made of Frankincense and Myrrh or Lavendar, Basil and rosemary,2 black or 2 white candles, black altar cloth, bell, chalice of milk, dish of barley, 81 black beans, a bowl of spring water, and a towel.
-Cast your circle. Light the candles and say:
"Blessed Be thou, creature of light"
-Light the incense. Bless the barley. Say:
"I bless this grain in the names of Demeter and Kore."
-Invoke the Goddesses going counterclockwise. Begin with the North:
"I call upon rich-haired Demeter, Mother of Harvest, Giver of Eternal Life. Bless me with your protection, Mother, and aid me in these rites."
-Leave an offering of barley for Her. Move to the West. Say:
"I call upon Hecate, Witch-queen, the hag of the crossroads who walks with Death. Bless me with your protection, Mother, and aid me in these rites."
-Leave an offering of barley for Her. Move to the South. Say:
"I call upon Vesta, sacred Hearth and Flame, Guardian Goddess of home and nations. Bless me with your protection, Mother, and aid me in these rites."
-Leave an offering of narley for Her. Move to the East. Say:
"I call upon Isis, Black Madonna, compassionate Queen, whom our fore-mothers worshipped from Asia to the Atlantic. Bless me with your protection, Mother, and aid me in these rites."
-Leave an offering of barley for Her. Return to the altar. Say:
"Hail Persephone! Queen of Earth and the underworld. In this time of growing life (or for Samhain say in this fading time) renew our hearts, and purify our homes."
-Toss a handful of barley onto the altar, SAy:
"I offer this grain in thanksgiving to Persephone, Condutor of Souls. I ask you to lead my departed kindred into your realms of peace."
-Lay your hands over the chalice of milk and blessit by saying:
"I bless this cup in the name of Persephone, Queen of the Dead. Shades of my ancestors, known and unknown, I offer this cup in thanks, for all your care, and all your gifts. Depart in peace to your abodes in the Earth, knowing that all is well."
-Place your hands in the sign of the Yoni (a upside down triangle). Rinse your hands in the water 3 times in the water and dry. Take 9 beans into your mouth. Make the sign of the Yomi again, turn around counterclockwise, spit the beans out through the opening in your hands. This a symbolic rebirth for spirits. Say:
"These I send forth. With these beans, I redeem myself and mine."
-Do this 9 times. when you have used all the beans, turn away from thjem and avert your eyes, giving the spirits a chance to pick them up. Keep still for the space of 13 heartbeats. Take up the bell and ring or strike it 9 times, say after each strike:
"Shades of my ancestors depart."
"It is done! Blessed Be!"
-Thank the Goddesses and open your circle. Bury the milk and candles. Walk away without looking back.
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