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The Covenant of Gaia Church of Alberta announces...
Category: Public Circle
What to Bring: please bring a potluck dish to share after ritual
Price/Donation: suggested donation of $5 per person
Acct. Id: 420973
Event Id: 86047
When: Oct. 26th. 2013
Where: Calgary, Alberta
please join us in celebrating Samhain 2013
Event Details: Samhain
In Celtic belief, this is the beginning of the year. It is the last of the Fire Festivals and the time when the final tallies of supplies are made for the winter. In Celtic countries it is the time when the pig herds are thinned and the meat preserved for winter meals. Hunting season also begins, since the deer and wild boar have raised their young to self sufficiency. Any crop not harvested by Samhain is left for the Pookas. In modern Craft, it seems that many traditions and groups use a Celtic based ritual to celebrate this Sabbat.
Samhain is also a time of mourning. In an agricultural setting, the people might not have leisure to fittingly mourn those who have died during the year. As the festival of the dead, we remember all who have died and make peace with our loss. The jack-o-lanterns that we put out today to guide children to the candy seems to have originated as lights to guide the souls of the dead to the Land of Summer. In the days before pumpkins, candles were placed in hollowed out turnips. In those times, this was a more fearsome festival then it is today. Many pranks and tricks were played as late as the early years of this century, such as placing an outhouse on top of a barn. Such were attributed to the Little People, but today more people are worried about rumours that someone has put razor blades into the apples they are giving to the children.
In many groups, this Festival is an opportunity to see beyond the Veil, into the Other World. scrying is said to work well at this time and there is also the chance to communicate with those who have entered the Other World through death. Starhawk uses the thinning of the Veil to do a journey to the Isle of Apples to meet with the Lord of the Underworld and to scry for the coming year.
Scott Cunningham adds that at Samhain, one can ask the Gods to remove something, be it a bad habit, a disease, or perhaps an emotion. Write the offending thing on a piece of paper. Burn the paper and let those things you wish to lose be removed by the fire. Keep the paper small if you are indoors and there are lots of people, otherwise smoke alarms may add unwanted excitement to the ritual.
Cunningham also reminds people that it is a good idea to remember those who have died at this time, but don't try to bring them back for a seance. The soul may have been reborn and so the summoning would cause harm to the new incarnation. Leaving a meal out for them or having a Dumb Supper to honour them is appropriate. Another possible activity is to scry back in your own past lives, to see who and what you have been. And remember that you may have been a tree or an animal in the past, not just a human being.
Spiral Dance, Starhawk, Harper San Francisco ISBN 0-06-2508140-8
Wicca and the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn, ISBN 0-87542-118-0
The Family Wicca Book, Ashleen O'Gaea, Llewellyn, ISBN 0-87542-591-7
The Witch's Book of Fairies, Edwin McCoy, Llewellyn, ISBN 0-87542-733-2
Event Location: Church in Calgary in Calgary
Event TIME Details: ritual starts promptly at 7:30pm
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