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SAMHAIN RITUAL FOR SMALL CIRCLE 

[older woman to older man]: 
One-eye, Wanderer, God of wisdom, 
Hunt-lord, hail, who leads the hosting! 
Nine nights hanging, knowledge gaining, 
Cloaked at crossroads, council hidden. 
Now the night, your time, is near us -- 
Right roads send us on, Rune-winner. 

[older man to older woman]: 
Every age your eye has witnessed; 
Cauldron-Keeper, hail wise Crone! 
Rede in riddles is your ration -- 
Wyrd-weaving at the World-tree's root. 
Eldest ancient, all-knowing one, 
Speak secrets to us, send us vision. 

[younger woman to younger man]: 
Lord of Life, hail Land-Master! 
God of grain that grows and dies 
And rises reborn, full of richness; 
Fallow fields shall yet be fertile -- 
Spring sap runs as stirs your phallus 
Bless barren earth, let it bear again! 

[younger man to younger woman]: 
Snow-shoes striding, hail swift Huntress! 
Wild one, free and willful Goddess 
Bow and blade you bear beside you, 
Finding food to fend off hunger -- 
Winter will not leave us wanting; 
Give good hunting, grant us skill. 

USHERING IN THE NEW YEAR: 

Welcome winter, waning season, 
Now with night the new year comes; 
Hail the horse's head with blessings -- 
Blessings be on those who bide here 
And indeed on all the world! 

SCRYING: 

Wide are the worldgates, 
Sights to be sent us; 
Ready for rede-gifts, 
We wait for your wisdom. 

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OFFERINGS/THANKSGIVING: 

Grateful, we give now, gifts of our own 
Heart-work and hand-work the hearth shall grace; 
Happiness, harmony, health in the new year, 
Send to the world and we in it, we wish you. 

DISMISSAL/OPENING: 

To watching winds we wish fair travelling; 
To sleepless dead sweet rest we send; 
Gods and Goddesses, go with praises -- 
See: the circle is severed thus. [cut with sword at east] 


I wrote that ritual for David, myself, and two friends who are older
than we. It was the first ritual that I wrote not based on NROOGD
material in any way, but on entirely original structure and material.
The horse's skull is a primitive form of the Mari Lwyd (Grey
Mare/Mary), a Welsh folk traditional hobby horse that goes from house
to house at the calendar New Year, but she's such a bizarre and
macabre beast that she was almost certainly a Samhain leftover.
There's interesting material about her in 
Trefor Owen's WELSH FOLK CUSTOMS (which is probably out of print, but
I could provide photocopies for interested parties who provide copying
costs...) 
Happy Samhain! 
Leigh Ann 
ThelemaNet of Berkeley * (415)548-0163 (161/93) 
(L.a. Hussey 20 Nov 86 12:05:56)