Now that the dust's settled and I've got a bit of time to write, I thought I'd jot down a bit about an approaching holiday....that's right, Samhain's just about upon us. Next Tuesday, in fact.
We've all heard the stories about this time of year & how the veil gets thinner and spirits go bump in the night. For me, that's been an every-year occurence, and it always gets the mind whirring around what to do when this opportunity rolls around.
Now's a pretty good time to work with one's ancestors, so I thought I'd share an ancestor-centric rite focused on getting their attention and thanking them for their continued efforts. We are here thanks to them, and they can be a powerful source of support, magically and otherwise.
To start, you'll need a pen, a piece of paper, a plate, a candle holder, and some materials: Horehound, grave dirt, tomatoes (or another Nightshade), Benzoin, and Camphor.
The sigil to be drawn looks like this:
You will then form a quincunx with the remaining materials. Horehound shall be placed to the bottom left, grave dirt to the upper left, Benzoin to the bottom right, and Camphor to the upper right.
After you've finished the arrangement, say the following prayer & light the candle immediately after:
"Spirits of my past, present, and future, I ask that you open the byways so that I may commune with the blood who walked this earth before I. Let them speak clearly, to me, so that I may honor them & their memories.
My name is [N.N] and I ring the bell for thee."
I recommend following this with an unguided meditation wherein you allow a permeation of self to occur. Let these family members speak to and inspire you, guide you and heal you. If you feel as though some of those spirits are unhappy, you can later take steps to right any wrongs.
Doing so will help you in the year to come.