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I attended the public high day of Samhain with my local Grove on November 5th and it was tremendously powerful.
Our Samhain ritual was a Roman influenced Ancestor ritual that focused on both honoring the Ancestors of heart, blood, and spirit in respectful ways but also dealt with confronting those dead that we carry with us as demons clawing at our hearts and expelling them so that we can move on to the new year stronger. I had the interactive role in this ritual in calling on the Nature Spirits and hallowing the Tree portal, these are the kindred I have the strongest connection too so it was genuine and heartfelt. To honor the Ancestors I offered my preserved floral wreath from Beltane as a symbol of beauty and of my love to the dead.
For the tragic, jarring Dead, I represented the tragic death of suicide by dressing in black in front of our guests and it stirred up a lot of relatable emotion with both myself and with the community. Together, united, we faced the Dead/demons of Child Death, Suicide, and those Murdered. It was powerful, for both myself and everyone else who wanted these dead to move on to their resting place in the underworld.
It is not a ritual I will soon forget. It was tremendously healing for so many who needed to feel the support, energy and love of a room full of people. Many final words were released and I feel everyone left much stronger than they had been when they arrived.