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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Samhain Ritual and Other Thoughts

Wow I really didn't realize how long it had been since my last blog! I suck. The really pathetic thing is that I actually have several partially finished blogs saved on my computer, I just haven't gotten around to finishing and uploading them. *dramatic sigh* Maybe I'll make blogging more frequently a resolution this coming year.

That said, I wanted to talk a bit about my ritual for Samhain this year. I'm not going to post it, so if that's what you're looking for, I'm sorry, but I don't post my personal rituals and the like.

I'm not a fancy, elaborate, lots of props kind of girl when it comes to my rituals and spells. I started off with those, years ago, but never felt that it was right for me, so I stopped doing them. And then I all but stopped doing rituals altogether. So, for Samhain this year, I decided to go all out. I set up an altar (I might post a picture of it later), complete with a couple of skulls, God and Goddess candle, ancestor photos, etc. I planned a ritual for a few weeks, and as Samhain approached, I found myself really getting into the altar setup, writing the ritual, and other preparations (like re-writing the ritual five times because kittens shredded it, my child tore it up, and so forth). By the time Samhain arrived, I felt like I was making the right choice by doing a big ritual. Then, I fell asleep before I could do it.

That didn't stop me, though. I just took time the next day to review my ritual and make a couple of minor adjustments to my altar, and then I was ready to go on November 1st. The whole thing took about an hour and I have to say that it was actually really great. I hoped it would work out for me, but I really didn't have my hopes up. Throughout the entire experience, I felt a connection to the Universe and my ancestors, and after it was finished, I felt spiritually peaceful.

I'm horrible for putting everything and everyone before myself and not attending to my needs. That includes my spiritual life. I've been in a slump for ages now (just look back over my blog, I've talked about it), and had no idea how to get out of it. None of my old standbys like meditations, altar care, working on my Book, etc. were working for me. If you've been following me for a while, or read over past posts, you might have seen me mention how my spiritual path was changing.  Well, I think I've finally figured a few things out about that.

I think it's time for me to start switching things up more often so I don't feel as bored, or whatever it is I've been feeling. My ritual, and later divination, seem to prove me right about that. Our paths are always changing, evolving. We're always growing and changing. The only constant is change, and I haven't been particularly willing to adapt to the changes trying to occur lately.

I hope to finally start getting more blogs up more frequently from now on. I hope everyone reading this (if anyone reads it) is doing well, and I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Samhain.