|This was actually the first Sabbat ritual I ever wrote. I'm not going
to say that it is the best thing I've ever written, but I feel it's decent
enough, and it carries a deep significance to me. I hope you can use and
The altar is adorned with a wreath of dried grapevines and colored leaves.
A black altar candle is used to represent the death of the God.
Say the following or similar:
Cast the circle
Invite the deities
Call the Corners
Ring bell three times
Light altar candle
"I come this night before the gods. May my actions be pleasing
Kneel on the ground and pass your hand over the altar candle's flame three
times. As you do so, say something to the effect of:
"In the field the Horned God lies, waiting patiently, for
this night he dies. Yet I know 'tis not an end, for down the spiral he
Arise and stand before the altar in God position.
"Father God, on this eve of Samhain, I celebrate your passing
and the coming of winter. You go now into the warm fields of beyond. Yet
I know that you shall return again."
On a square of orange paper, draw a God sigil (I like to use a horned sun
symbol) in black ink. Burn the sigil in the flame of the altar candle.
Either libate the ashes to the earth, or allow them to blow away in the
Meditate for a time on the God. His birth, his life, how he laid in
the fields with the Goddess and made her bear child. See his aging, and
visualize him now, as he lays upon his death bed. Watch as he passes and
know that he will be reborn again. When you have completed your meditation,
extinguish the altar candle. Say the following or similar:
"O Great Horned Father, you are absent, but never gone.
Merry meet, merry part, merry meet again!"
"With each passing breath the time grows closer. The door between
worlds is thin, and on this night may I greet with great joy and perfect
love the spirits of those who have passed through gate. May their teachings
show me the spiral of life. So mote it be!"
Now is a good time to go to a quite place, perhaps even the local cemetery
to commune with those spirits that have recently crossed worlds. If this
is not possible, Samhain is an excellent time for divination, particularly
Works of Magick, if necessary are performed now.
Thank and release the corners and the Gods.
Cider and harvest foods should be consumed now to replace energies lost.