Samhain has always been one of my favorite holidays, so for me it’s always a week long event. I spend time carving pumpkins, baking fall desserts, and remembering my ancestors. It now also happens to coincide with the anniversary of my protogrove’s very first ritual, which makes it even more special for me. This week I went back to the ancestor meditation that I had done in September. It allowed me to connect to my ancestors once again, but it seemed to be much deeper and more meaningful. I was able to visualize my great-grandparents and the gifts I had received from them. I was able to visualize my recently passed mentor and hear his words of inspiration and love. It seemed remarkably appropriate for this week, and made the Samhain ritual for our protogrove feel even more deeply connected for me. The invocation we used was inspired by many different ADF ancestor rituals, and seemed to encompass all those people who we had lost in a way that worked for all the people participating. It was a great experience.
Ancestors of Blood, we call to you! You gave us our flesh and bone so that we might walk in this world. You adopted, fostered and nurtured us when our blood could not. You who first taught us right from wrong. You who told us the stories of your past and of ours and gave us the traditions we still hold dear in our own homes.
Ancestors of Our Land, we call to you! You stood on this Land where we live before all others. You lived simply, taking from the land only what you needed. You who were one with nature. You who loved and respected the Land and all Her inhabitants. You from whom we learn to go back to natural ways for healing.
Ancestors of Spirit, we call to you! You worshiped our gods before us. You walked the lands that gave them birth. You kept the old ways alive despite the encroaching darkness. Your ways inspire our ways. Your history and sagas teach us right action. Your artwork and poetry speak to our souls. We hear your voices in the words of our songs. Welcome all of our Ancestors!
Greek Alphabet Oracle -- Omicron -- What goes around comes around
Gamma -- Successful harvest
Mu -- Hard work leads to good return