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Favorite Samhain ritual [Oct. 13th, 2008|01:56 pm]
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Hi all! With Samhain just around the corner (eta: in the Northern hemisphere) I was wondering what everyone else's favorite Samhain (eta: or other late Fall/early Winter) ritual that you led or attended. What was the most fun? Or, conversely, what was the least favorite?

[User Picture]From: sunvenus
2008-10-13 09:20 pm (UTC)
Actually, it is nearly Beltane here in the southern hemisphere. And just so you are aware, not all priestesses necessarily observe those holidays. They are not part of Thelema, instance. :-)

That said, as I am a cross-traditionally initiated person I can tell you that I observe Samhain, Beltane, et al in a religious neo-pagan witchcraft manner. Our specific practices, rites and lore are oathbound, but I will say that we do some of the stereotypical stuff common to neo-wicca, witchcraft and neo-paganism. The best of those is the work done with the bond of my fellow initiates; the worst is most of the public rituals I’ve attended. Open rituals—for the most part—really seem to lack any “oomph”. I think this is because all too often they try to cater to the lowest common denominator. YMMV. That said; I did enjoy a nice semi-open Beltane ritual in 2005. We danced the Maypole (even though “maypole” is an awkward term for our October/November southern hemisphere observance) but it was a good group who was new and somewhat unfocused, but sincere.

My special preference with Samhain, the one thing that sets my observance apart from others here is that I lived in Arizona for the majority of my life, and spent a lot of my time in Mexico. I’ve now imported some of the Dia de los Muertos décor, food & symbolism to Australia, in particular Pan de Muertos (Bread of the Dead). My fellow witches love it for feasting, and my friends & neighbours—even the non-pagan ones—enjoy loaves that I bake to share. I don’t make those loaves skull-shaped (as is traditional) but it makes damn good coffee bread no matter what form you shape it in. With hot chocolate, it is absolutely divine.
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[User Picture]From: wilhelmina_d
2008-10-13 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for pointing out my omissions. I was so head-down in my preparations that I didn't even think before I posted. Sorry about that!

Anywho, the Pan de Muertos sounds divine! Thanks for sharing.
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