Tools 7 black candles 6 orange candles 3 white candles 1 apple A chalice full of apple cider/juice An athame/your finger An altar bell/your hands Samhain is a good time to cast a full size nine foot circle, if you only cast one this year I would do it on this day. You can draw it out in chalk or make it with rope - I use shells but use whatever is to hand. Once cast place 13 candles around the circle - 7 black (the colour of the day) and 6 orange (a good strong energy type colour) as you light each one say: "Samhain candle of fire so bright Consecrate this circle of light" In the centre of the consecrated circle place your altar, this can be whatever you like, something that is big enough to work off of. I use a really large flat stone from my garden but again use whatever. On the altar that should face north by the way, place 3 white candles 1 each of maid, mother and crone. At the west quarter place a cup (chalice) of apple cider (juice). To the east place a pot/stick of incense. To the south place an apple, a altar bell(clapping will do) and your athame(make do and mend). Still with me - now lets begin. Ring the altar bell or clap three times then take the athame in your dominant hand and say: "Listen well mighty elements Hear my calls Air, fire, water, earth By noise of night and shinning blade I summon thee I SUMMON THEE!" Now light the incense and the three white altar candles and say: "Three candles in honour I light for thee. O great and wondrous goddess Let the flame burn for the Maiden - light the candle Let the flame burn for the Mother - light the candle Let the flame burn for the Crone" - light the candle "In perfect love and perfect trust, to the god and goddess, to all things wild and free, I am here to honour thee" Now take you athame and place it in to the chalice and say: "Bless this Goddess with your eternal power I drink of the season, I drink of thee. Blessed now and Blessed be" Return with the blessed drink to the altar and pour a drop on to the apple and say: "I bless those that have gone by and ask that the blessings of the god and goddess go with them I fill the fruit of the harvest with the knowledge and wisdom of those that have gone before and in there memory I ask that this be passed to me" As you pour visualise the knowledge and wisdom passing in to the apple as a silver flow of energy. Eat the apple and drink the last of the cider and as you do feel and enjoy the power of the ancients Sit quietly for a while and when you feel ready you can either close the circle or now would be a really good time to do some divination.
Samhain Ritual #5