Casting Creative Magickal Circles: Samhain excerpt

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Recognized as one of the most important holidays of the year,‭ ‬Samhain,‭ ‬meaning‭ “‬Summer’s End,‭” ‬is a major festival with several aspects.‭ ‬It is the celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the dark half of the year,‭ ‬because of this transition it is also known as‭ “‬The Witches‭’ ‬New Year‭”‬.‭ ‬Many pagan traditions also see this as the time of death for the Sun and the solar gods,‭ ‬to be reborn at the Winter Solstice or Yule.‭ ‬It is a night when we remember our departed loved ones and honor our ancestors.‭ ‬Samhain is when the veil between the world of the dead and the world of the living is said to be at its thinnest.‭
Creatively speaking,‭ ‬Samhain circles are the most difficult to foster.‭ ‬There are so many different aspects of the holiday that it’s hard to focus on just one.‭ In Casting Creative Magickal Circles  I have included circles for the different themes that are commonly used in Samhain rituals.‭ This circle in particular uses an Ancestor theme that allows your ancestors to be a part of your circle and ritual. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

The Ancestor Circle

Items needed:‭ ‬photographs of your ancestors.
When casting your circle for a Samhain ritual that has an ancestor focus,‭ ‬you would begin in the west‭; ‬traditionally regarded as the realm of the dead.‭ ‬Begin by placing the first picture on the floor in the west calling out the name of the ancestor as you do.‭ ‬Continue clockwise around the parameter of your space,‭ ‬calling out each name as the picture is placed.‭ ‬If you do not have enough photographs to complete a circle,‭ ‬place them evenly throughout the circle.
When you have returned to the west,‭ ‬say or something similar:
‭“‬I have laid this circle in love and protection,
May all that have been named help hold,
This sacred space on this Samhain night.‭”
Visualize protective and loving energy connecting each picture,‭ ‬and then expanding into a sphere around your space.
Saying:‭ “‬So mote it be‭” ‬when you have created your sphere.

When you are ready to release the circle,‭ ‬starting in the west,‭ ‬walking counter-clockwise begin to pick up each picture,‭ ‬visualizing the energy being released out into the universe,‭ ‬while saying or something similar:
‭“‬I release this circle in love and honor.‭”

This circle casting can be easily adapted for group rituals as well,‭ ‬allowing all participants to bring and add their own ancestor photographs.‭

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Guided Meditation: The Cauldron

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As Witches and magickal practitioners, most of us understand that the tools we use are just that, tools. They are props to help us focus and create a magickal environment that our subconscious uses to direct our energy and intent. Although, they do hold certain energies within themselves, they are not necessarily needed. The idea is that you have these tools within you. This guided meditation uses items that you create and visualize within your own mind. I wrote this at a time when my meditation group met in a place where we could not use any sort of fire. I wanted to give my group away to do a release ritual without the use of fire and tools. Through this guided meditation they would not only practice visualization, but also understand that one does not always need tools to perform magick.

The Cauldron Guided Meditation

Begin by lighting a candle and some incense. Turn off the lights. Close your eyes, make yourself comfortable and relax. Next begin to prepare for the meditation by breathing in deeply through your nose, filling your belly, hold for a count of three and exhale through your mouth. Do this three times, or until you feel relaxed, centered and open.

Feel the room around you, acknowledge the glow of the candle and scent of incense.
As you breath in, begin to visualize the smoke of the incense circling you, surrounding you.
It begins to create a bubble around you. This bubble will protect your body on your journey.

As you breathe, the smoke now begins to enter your body through your skin.
Where the smoke enters you begin to feel a tingling sensation, that starts to encompass your whole body.
In your mind, look down at your hands, you can see that your spirit self is starting to separate from your body. Allow your conscienceless to leave your physical body and go with your spirit self.
Visualize your spiritual body begin to stand up and walk toward your front door.
Reach for the door knob and open the door.
Upon opening the door you can see that the world outside has changed.
It is not what you normally would see.
Begin to walk through the threshold, taking notice of the new environment.
In the far distance you can see a large metal pot, that resembles a cauldron, sitting next to a tree stump.
There is no one around but you feel that you are being called to this place.
As you begin to walk and investigate further, take notice of any animals, plants or stones that you may come across, they may help you later to determine where you are.

As you approach the tree stump you can see that there is a piece of old parchment, a black feather quill and a few matches sitting on it.
You move closer to look into the cauldron, and see that it is filled with water and that is so dark that it looks endless. You can see your reflection in its mirrored surface.
In an instant your reflection begins to move, involuntary of yourself.
It begins to explain that you are to use the parchment and quill to write down all things that you wish to remove, overcome and let go of in your life.
As you turn back to the tree stump and reach for the paper and quill you already begin to feel lighter and freer than before. Begin writing down all that you wish……..

Once you reach the point that you cannot write down any more, your reflection continues
“ Now fold the paper three times and burn the parchment, allowing these things to burn away.”

You take up and light the matches, the smell of sulfur plums around your hand.
Lighting the folded paper and watching it burn, you can feel all that you wish to be removed is burning away with it. These things will no longer return with you to your physical body.
As the paper burns closer to your fingers, drop the last few remaining paper into the cauldron.
As the burning paper hits the waters surface the air around you begins to fill with a vapor mist that grows into a thick fog.

After a few seconds the fog lifts and you notice that you are back in the room with your physical self sitting in your protective bubble, walk over to your physical self and sit down into yourself, allowing your consciousness to return to your physical body.

Once you feel you are completely back, open your eyes.