Samhain circle: honouring our ancestorsFriday, November 1st, 2019 from 7pm-10pm
“Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly, all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands” – Linda Hogen, 1947.
As the veil thins between the unseen world and ours, we are now closer than ever to the spirits of our ancestors. Samhain is traditionally a time of year in many parts of the world where the dead are revered. Connecting with our ancestors and our lineage helps to heal not only ourselves, but those who came before us and future generations.
Samhain is also considered the Witches’ New Year, when the wheel turns a new cycle and we reflect with gratitude the lessons and fruits of the past year and begin to slow down and incubate our dreams for the year ahead.
We are metaphorically continuing our descent into the darkness, through the realm of shadow and subconscious material. This is fertile ground for healing, as our fears, childhood wounds, as well as limiting patterns and beliefs we have inherited are more easily accessed. But we also inherit gifts and sources of strength, which are available to us now and help facilitate the release of old patterns.
Samhain is also the year’s 3rd harvest celebration- where we honor the harvest of the hunt and sacrifice. We may feel called to sacrifice and let go of something in order to move forward in our lives. It is a time where grief often comes up to be moved through. But it can also be a time of feeling freedom and lightness from shedding old skin, and taking comfort in our harvest. Following the rhythms of nature requires that we hold space for our grief, allow for change, and reflect on how we are part of the great life-death-rebirth cycle, connected to all beings through time.
In this circle, we will discuss the themes of the season, and share any related personal experiences. We will go on a guided meditation journey to visit a loving ancestor, and gain insight on our inherited gifts and how to use those gifts to heal any inherited lineage issues or self-limiting patterns. We will remember and honour our ancestors, and our heritage, through telling stories, sharing memories, and food from our heritage or family traditions. We will also decorate a photo frame in honour of a loved one that can be used on your altar or in reverence of them.