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Friday, October 31, 2014

Passing to Summerland Ritual for Samhain

Passing to Summerland

Altar:
Chimes
1 white taper candle (to represent NAME’s birth)
1 red taper candle (to represent NAME’s life)
1 black taper candle (to represent NAME’s death)
Bowl of salt (Earth)
Feather (Air)
Bowl of water (Water)
Candle (Fire)
White altar cloth

Chimes to begin ceremony

We are gathered here today to say our farewells to our beloved NAME, as s/he moves from this life into the next.  Death is a time for mourning our loss but also for celebrating the amazing life that NAME had. 

Casting the Circle
It is with open minds and open hearts that we cast our circle of protection and love.  For this brief moment, we are one, joined together by our love and our grief.  To you all I say welcome and blessed be.

Calling the Quarters

Air
I call to the Guardians of the Watchtower of the East, the Essence of Air.  I ask that you join us as we say farewell to our beloved NAME.  May we always remember his/her gift of inspiring us to be more than we ever thought we could be.  We bid you blessings and welcome.

Fire
I call to the Guardians of the Watchtower of the South, the Essence of Fire.  I ask that you join us as we say farewell to our beloved NAME.  May we always remember the spark of life which was always present within him/her.  We bid you blessings and welcome.


Water
I call to the Guardians of the Watchtower of the West, the Essence of Water.  I ask that you join us as we say farewell to our beloved NAME.  May we always remember to stay true to our emotions as NAME was always true to his/hers.  We bid you blessings and welcome.

Earth
I call to the Guardians of the Watchtower of the North, the Essence of Earth.  I ask that you join us as we say farewell to our beloved NAME.  Grant us the strength to grieve for our loss and except his/her passing.  We bid you blessings and welcome.

Invoke the God
Now do I call You to this our circle, Great God.  I call you as Lord of the Harvest, Lord of Death, Holder of the Keys, Lord of the Underworld; and I call you as the Comforter and Consoler, the Compassionate One Who leads us all to the Cauldron from which we are reborn.  Give welcome now to NAME, who comes to You in honor and humility to visit Your other lands for a while.

Invoke the Goddess
I call upon the Lady as Crone, She Who harvests all that lives, Who has taken NAME by the hand and led him/her into Summerland, there to rest, reflect, and rejoice in the company of the Goddess and the God until it is time for him/her to be born again to the circle.  For She is also the Mother of all things and the Lady of rebirth, and She shall surely grant NAME the gift of life again when the Wheel has turned.

All creatures die, but first they live and love.  To fulfill love, one must meet, and remember, and love again.  But in order to meet again, one must be born.  Before one can be born, there must be love.  And that is all the mystery.  May NAME be born again to the circle.

Farewell to the Goddess
Lady, thank you for the presence of NAME in our lives.  Hold him/her close to you, love him/her, and walk with him/her in the Summerland until it is time for him/her to be born again.

Farewell to the God
Lord, thank you for the life and joy you have shared with your friend.  Let him/her find reunion with those who have gone before, and walk with NAME in the Summerland until it is time for him/her to return to this world.

Dismissing the Quarters

Earth
I thank you Guardians of the Watchtower of the North, the Essence of Earth. Guide and protect the spirit of NAME as s/he journeys to the Summerland.  We bid you farewell and blessed be.

Fire
I thank you Guardians of the Watchtower of the South, the Essence of Fire. Guide and protect the spirit of NAME as s/he journeys to the Summerland.  We bid you farewell and blessed be.

Water
I thank you Guardians of the Watchtower of the West, the Essence of Water. Guide and protect the spirit of NAME as s/he journeys to the Summerland.  We bid you farewell and blessed be.

Air
I thank you Guardians of the Watchtower of the East, the Essence of Air. Guide and protect the spirit of NAME as s/he journeys to the Summerland.  We bid you farewell and blessed be.

Opening the Circle
The circle is open but never broken.  To one another and especially to NAME, we say: “Merry did we meet, and merry did we part, and merry shall we meet again!”