At Samhainn the guests were asked to bring messages to send for the ancestors, including past pets and friends. Of course we couldn’t offer them up to the flames as we weren’t allowed to have a fire, so I said I would take them home and burn them in the stone circle. Rachel very kindly said she would take photographs so the students could see them being sent in a respectful, honourable way.
It was a lovely evening, with the full moon high and bright. The garden is covered in fallen Autumn leaves, and looks so different to when I went away! Stuart had at some time while I was away placed some more stones. Jason doesn’t like them, and I have yet to find out more about them, but Stu knows exactly what he is doing, of course, and I know they will settle in nicely. Rachel wasn’t sure about one of them, but by the end of the evening, she had warmed to it. Will let you know what the stones say to me when I have tuned in more.
I placed the messages in a hand-thrown pottery bowl, we lit the fire and placed lanterns round the circle at the four directions, with one in the middle by the central stone. We stated the intention, called on the guardians of the directions, and asked the Lord and Lady to come forth to witness the ceremony. We dedicated the messages to the ancestors, and one by one gave them up to the flames. After that we also remembered all the people and animals who had died in wars throughout history. The fire died down as we reflected quietly. We then gave thanks and closed. It was all very beautiful and powerful. Purdy was late, which isn’t like her, but she came running along eventually, loving the build-up of energy.
In the photos there were so many orbs. You may not see all of them clearly, but most show up ok.
I do hope I did justice to the ancestors and their descendants.