We had a record turn out for our Samhuinn Ritual, with twelve of us making up the circle. We decided to perform the official OBOD ceremony out of the ‘Brown Book’ as for once we had enough people to take on all the roles, with no doubling up. What a luxury!
The rite seemed to flow effortlessly, and we had no dogs making off with the bread. Maybe I was busy concentrating but I don’t even remember any passers by this time either. After a gloriously sunny morning it became more and more cloudy as we made the preparations – by the time the Herald began to speak the sky was completely overcast and the air seemed almost thick. It was as if the spirits were gathering around. By the end it had begun to clear and the day returned to full Indian Summer.
The Samhuinn rite is unique as it is of two parts, we have the veneration and commemoration of the ancestors and the recently departed, and the celebration of the Celtic New Year, with the opportunity that brings to cast into the Cailleach’s Cauldron all those things we wish to be rid of. Deciding what to put in is always a serious business, as the Goddess takes no prisoners once you have made the commitment – it is not like making the usual half – hearted New Year Resolutions.