Winternights / Samhain / All Hallowed Eve Rite
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About the event
Winter Nights / Samhain It marks the turning of the year from summer to winter, the turning of our awareness from outside to inside. Among the Norse, the ritual was often led by the woman of the family. It marks the beginning of the long dark wintertime at which memory becomes more important than foresight, at which old tales are told and great deeds are toasted.
Winternights also marks the beginning of a time of indoor work, thought and craftsmanship. It was also a time traditionally for Seership as the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest.. A rite that was held in honour of the female spirits and Ancestors known as the Dísir. There isn’t a specific day for this celebration. We know that it was held during winter. In some accounts it was in the beginning of winter, during the time of the winternights, hence us marking this rite on the 31st October again when the veil is thin, but in some places this holiday was by the end of winter, to celebrate the revival of nature.
Within this rite we will Scry, just as our Ancestors did before us The word “scrying” actually comes from the Old English word descry which means “to make out dimly” or “to reveal. For us we will Scry with Sacred Spring Water, gathered in rite and ritual from a local Spring!! We will use our Cauldron magically, when the veil is at the thinnest whilst we thread another layer of insight to our Wild Wood Oracle Card journey that we begun at Equinox..
We will perform a rite together . Craft and create our collective altar. We will make medicine. We will weave and share our stories as we continue our journey from harm to healing, sitting within our Sacred Circle. Respectfully and safely!!
I feel the power of keeping the rites and rituals relevant in a modern world, which doesn’t lie in changing their meaning, diluting, distilling them into contemporary purposes, but in finding how their layers of meaning still apply to everyday life, in the here and now.