Renee’s Thoughts Worth Catching

October 1st, 2014

The Witching Hour will soon be among us and that means time for reflections and release. Samhain has always been a time of renewal and review for me and a time of setting new goals. I do this while looking over the past year as I realize lessons that were taught in various ways.

It is also a time of honoring those gone by, those who have transitioned before us. While I place respect for those as a group, I hold a personal vigil for my father and my best friend, who went on in 1989 and 2009, respectively.

Ah Samhain – a time for transformation, a time for creation, and a time for beginnings. I look to this Sabbat as one of great discovery. I learn more about myself during this time of the year than any other. It is a wonderful time for me to pause and reconnect to Spirit. It is a sacred time where I can find my rope they have thrown me all year and really see why and learn from it. I always do a small ritual and a personal meditation alone on this night.

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The Ritual: Release and Let Go

Tools Used: One pink candle, One red candle, Paper, Incense (first Rose + Geranium for letting go and then Lavender for cleansing and bringing in the peace and calmness), Essential oil of choice (First, I usually use what is called ‘Fascination’ and then I use a Goddess oil I have called ‘Hestia’) and a fire proof container.

I first light the red candle, light the Rose + Geranium incense and burn the Fascination oil. Then I write down all that I would like to let go of from the previous year. I let out all of my feelings for the various events that have occurred and I ask for release. I say my goodbyes and I offer my thanks for the processes I have allowed. I then tear up my paper and place it in my bowl and light it up with my red candle all while offering gratitude.

The next part is to light the pink candle, the Hestia oil and the Lavender incense and write what my goals are for the year. I write my hopes, my dreams and my wishes. I write feelings I want to come into. I write emotions I want to express. I write dreams I want to see come to fruition. I write down the steps I need to take to make certain events begin. Instead of burning this list, I drop a bit of oil on the paper, and then seal it with the wax from the pink candle.

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I have done that ritual for years and it has always brought me peace and joy and pure love. Then I always do a calming and extensive quiet meditation and spend some one on one time with myself and Divinity. The Goddess always brings me answers and the ‘oomph’ to move forward another year.

Blessed Samhaim and enjoy your Witching Hour, wherever you may be.


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