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Preparation & Set Up
This Ritual shall be performed during the evening hours, sometime after Sunset. Sweep area, starting in the North and moving deosil, with your magickal broom to cleanse the Circle area and "sweep away" any lingering negative energies. Set up the Quarter candles (North-Green, East-Yellow, South-Red, West-Blue) and/or other items symbolizing the elements at the Four Quarters. Set up your altar as desired, and face it to the North, covering it with the orange-and-black altar cloth. Place all of the items listed below in their proper places upon it. For this ceremony, decorate the altar with photographs, obituaries and other mementos of loved ones who have passed on (Family, Friends and Pets), and whatever else feels right.
In addition to your usual tools and props, upon the altar should be:
Orange and/or Black Altar Cloth
When all is set up, take a shower or bath for purification and don your ritual robe or other ritual attire. Be sure to wear your magickal jewelry. Sit quietly and meditate for a little while - to ground and center before beginning the Ritual. When you feel ready to begin, play some quiet peaceful music for the ritual.
Cast the Circle... Sit quietly meditating within the cast Circle for a little while... When you feel ready, begin by turning to the three candles on the left side of the altar, saying:
Light the White Candle, saying:
Light the Red Candle, saying:
Light the Black Candle, saying:
Turn to the three candles on the right side of the altar, saying:
Light the Yellow Candle, saying:
Light the Green Candle, saying:
Light the Black Candle, saying:
With the Wand in your power hand, tap the Cauldron five times. Raise your arms over the altar and say:
Touch the plate (or basket) of food with the Wand, saying:
Place the plate (or basket) of food on the Pentacle. Light the black candle in the Cauldron, say:
Eat a little of the food and drink some of the fruit juice. Anything left after the ritual must be placed outside or buried.
Sit silently now and think of family, friends, and pets who have departed this Earth. Pick up and look at the photographs. Savor this time with them. When you feel that you are finished, say:
Pick up the apple and say these words:
Cut the apple crosswise to reveal the hidden pentagram in the core. Incline your head toward the altar and say:
Eat part of the apple. Place the remainder outside (after you have completed your ritual) as an offering to the birds and animals.
Turn back to the Goddess candles and say:
Turn to the God candles and say:
Now tap the Pentacle gently with your Wand, saying:
Sit in silence while you ask what you need of the Gods. Also listen for spirit guidance that may come from those in the Summerland. When you feel you are finished, say:
When you have finished, the time has now come to Release the Circle.
Now is the time for meditation and any spellworkings you may need or desire to end your Sabbat celebration... Appropriate Spellwork to consider for this turn in the Wheel of the Year is any for protection and neutralizing harm - these are particularly warranted at this time of year, because Samhain is considered to be a good time to boost your confidence and security.
If no spellwork is to be done at this time, then proceed with the Cakes and Ale Ceremony, followed by Releasing the Magick Circle.
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