I hosted a small luncheon on Sunday, to mark Samhain. Unlike most Pagans, I do not use this day, to mark the end of the year. My tradition, is to honor my ancestors and remember those that have passed from my life, recently. It is rather sentimental to me, so I usually do this alone. However, I have a friend, that has suffered great loss, in her life this year, and I invited her to join me.
We used white stones, to remember those that had left this realm. First, we placed 19 stones around the Goddess candle, to mark those who were struck down, during the Salem Witch Trials. This is something I have done, every year, since deciding to walk this pagan path. It is important to for me, to remember, the world, has not always been accepting of this path, or those that claim to walk it. We then placed a stone for each soul we wished to honour. I positioned mine silently and thought of the pets I have had to say my good-byes to. My friend, spoke the names, of each person, as she positioned her handful of stones. I felt for her, as she placed each and every one.
During our meditation, we braided three pieces of ribbon into one cord, bringing our past, present and future together as one.
Our cakes and ales was a delicious autumn stew and Mulled Apple Tea. We spent the afternoon sharing stories stories of our family, friends and pets. Sometimes those stories made us laugh, sometimes they brought a tear to our eyes and a catch to our voice. I think I can speak for my friend, when I say, we are truly blessed to have had these beloved souls in our lives, and we miss them, each and every day. We have been truly humbled by them and honoured to have had the opportunity to know them all, no matter for how long.