"Welcome! Tonight is the festival of Samhain, the greatest of all Sabbats
in the Wheel of the Year. It is the end of the old year and the beginning of
the new. Tonight is the first night of the resting season, when all that can
be harvested has been gathered in."
"In times past these would be the supplies which would have to last us
until new life returns to the land. All that would not survive would have
been slain, and would provide the substance of our feast. From now the
storms of Winter will be upon us, and the nights darken until the Sun is
reborn again at Yule. It is a time for us to remember those who have gone
before, who in the love of the Old Ones we will meet and know and love once
"Tonight, the Goddess takes on her robes as the Crone, and the God rides
out to start the Wild Hunt. It is a time of cold and of darkness, a time for
us to reflect, and a time to seek the knowledge and wisdom of the Wise One.
After the Sabbat Introduction, the Priest stands in the center of the Light
Circle facing the Priestess who stands before the Altar. She stands upright
with her arms folded across her chest, her hands resting on opposite
The Priest raises his arms and says:
"Now is the start of the dark part of the year. Winter and the time of
resting and reflection are upon us. Now is the time for the Goddess to take
on the robes of the Crone. I call upon the Wise Mother to attend and be with
this our Priestess, to lend her wisdom and guidance."
He draws an invoking pentagram over the Priestess. If the Priestess has a
hooded robe, she should raise the hood, or she might like to put on a cloak.
Note the Priest is NOT invoking
the Crone into the Priestess, but asking that she should be guided by the
wisdom of the Goddess as Crone.
The Priestess leaves the Light Circle and goes into the Dark Circle. Here
she makes sure that all is ready, the incense is burning, the Dark Mirror
reflecting a little light from the one candle and adds any last-minute
touches to the decor to increase the atmosphere.
The Priestess then sits down in the North, behind the Dark Mirror. It is
worth noting that you should be comfortable, especially if a lot of people
are attending the rituals, so have a cushion to sit on, because you may be
here for a while.
In the Light Circle, the Priest turns and speaks to the others:
"This is the Circle of Light and Life, our Priestess has gone from us to
the world of the Crone, to seek knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Who
here is willing to follow in her steps and learn what might be known?"
He then directs the first person to visit the Crone.
The person should then leave the Light Circle and go to the area where the
Dark Circle is. They should ask permission to enter, and the Priestess will
ask them to come and kneel at the other side of the Dark Mirror.
"Behold, the waters of Life and Death. Here you might see all manner of
things; from your deepest secrets to things that may yet happen. If you are
certain you wish to know then you may seek knowledge now."
She stirs the waters with a stick or wand, and indicates that the Covener
Allow enough time for the Covener to see what they wish to know, and then
the Priestess should stir the water again with the stick or wand, bidding
them to return to the Light Circle.
The Covener should not speak of what they have experienced.
The Priest sends the next person to the Dark Circle, where the process is
Pass the time while each person is visiting the Dark Circle by telling
stories, singing songs or other activity appropriate for Samhain.
The last person to visit the Dark Circle is the Priest. After he is done
scrying, her returns to the Light Circle and winds up whatever activity is
happening, and leads the group in a chant while they wait for the Priestess
After the Priest leaves the Dark Circle, the Priestess may wish to have her
turn at scrying, before removing any decorations she does not wish to be
seen in full light.
The Priestess then returns to the Light Circle where Cakes and Ale are
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