2014 Public Samhain Ritual

Presented by John

DATE Saturday, November 1, 2014

6:30 p.m. Gather, 7:00 p.m. Ritual


Living Table UCC
4001 38th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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Closest MetroTransit Route: 7E (will require a couple of blocks' walk)

The address above is the site of our rituals, but it is NOT our Church's Mailing Address. Please visit our Contact Page for WiCoM's E-mail and Earth-Mail addresses.

Samhain is the Celtic celebration of the Dead, where the recently passed are remembered, the Ancestors honored and our connections are reaffirmed. The name means “end of Summer” and the Celts considered this the beginning of the New Year. For many Wiccans this is a significant moment in the lives of the Gods. The Verdant God, who is injured at Midsummer permits himself to be sacrificed at the Harvest and becomes the Hunter of Souls. In the intervening six weeks, the world dies around us as He collects the spirits of plants and animals, and humans are collected by his Wild Hunt and taken into the underworld of Summerland. At Samhain, the Goddess descends to find her Lover and winter begins as the Gods retire to that land of endless summer between the worlds.

For those following Northern paths, this is approximately Dísablót where offerings are made to nature spirits and many believe this was also a time for honoring the Dead. In both paths, this is a time when communication can be made more easily than in other seasons.

The Ritual
The ritual will be a Memorial for the Dead, combining the Wiccan Template with a Sumbel-like offering to the Dead. We will honor the Gods and remember Their promises of life in the hereafter. We will make offerings of song, thanks and gifts. We will drink to the memory of them while reciting the names of those we remember. People are encouraged to bring lists of their ancestors friends and those who have inspired them that have passed. The end of the ritual will be the first part of the Feast, where we may sit and commune with those who have gone before.

Ancestor Altar
It has long been said that none die who are remembered. We will provide an Ancestor altar for you to bring the names, the photos, memorabilia and an offering to your beloved Dead. The splendour of the altar will depend on what you bring. Let those present know these people lived and were loved by your contribution to the altar. (All items are to be recovered by those who bring them at the end of the evening or they will be reverenced as a sacrifice.)

The feast will be a pot luck. It would be great if you brought things that were loved by those who have passed. The ritual will end with a reflective period at the table which will be set with a place for those beyond and offering to share. We encourage you to take this period to reflect on your loved ones. We will then do a general benediction, after which the normal chaos will be appropriate.

Questions? Contact the ritualist(s) at: ritualist@WiccanChurchMN.Org


Access to Ritual (Dates Through The Wheel)

Many Wiccans choose to practice their spirituality as solitary practitioners, others seek a group ritual experience. Not all who desire group ritual experience are members of a coven or other group to fulfill that need. WiCoM tries to meet the needs of these members by sponsoring group celebrations of the eight sabbats.

Upcoming Sabbats and Deadlines
Preliminary schedule, please check back to confirm
Contact our Secretary at Secretary@WiccanChurchMN.Org for more details
Sabbat Date Presenter(s) Newsletter
Samhain '14 11/1/14 John 10/1/14
Yule '14 12/20/14 Coven of Misfit Toys 11/20/14
Imbolc '15 1/31/15 Emrys Anu 12/31/14
Ostara '15 3/21/15 Beth and Carrie 2/21/15
Beltaine '15 5/2/15 Estelle, Qwill, Suki with Yunion and Beth 4/2/15

Ritual Feedback

In an effort to promote well-crafted rituals, WiCoM will host a feedback meeting for the above ritual. If you attend the ritual, we would be very pleased to hear what you thought of it. In an attempt to present a balanced and thoughtful critique, we ask that you follow this format for presenting both your thoughts and your suggestions:
>>Please think carefully about the intent and execution of the ritual.
>>Each participant will be offered an opportunity to state ONE thing they particularly liked and why.
>>Each participant will be offered an opportunity to state ONE thing they felt could be improved and how, in your opinion, that improvement might have been implemented.

Discussion will be encouraged.

This Post-Ritual Critique meeting will be conducted:
November 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Rice Street Library
1011 Rice St, Saint Paul, MN 55117
Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/awT8a
Tel. 651-558-2223

Church-recognized Elders and Teachers have voting rights at their respective moots. Moots are scheduled consecutively: General, Teachers, Elders, and Executive.

Self Governance

WiCoM is governed by an Executive Board made up of an Elders' Representative, a Teachers' Representative and a General Representative, who are advised by our May Queen, Green Man and Fool, and assisted by the Treasurer, Secretary and Webcrafter. The operations of the Church are overseen by four Trustees, and the books are periodically independently audited. We are required by our bylaws to convene a minimum of four meetings, or "moots," each year to formally conduct the Church's business. All moots are open to the public and public participation is welcome. Dues-paid members of at least Voting Membership level may vote at the General Moot. Church-recognized Elders and Teachers have voting rights at their respective moots. Moots are scheduled consecutively: General, Teachers, Elders, and Executive.

The next round of moots is scheduled for:
Sunday, December 7, 2014, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Roseville Public Library
(check for which room)
2180 North Hamline Ave
Roseville, Minnesota 55113
Office: 651-724-6001
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1ufja

Subsequent Moots: To Be Announced.

Public Awareness

In the past WiCoM has co-sponsored various informational meetings with different groups for the purpose of community education and hospitality. Examples of such groups include the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments (community education) and sponsoring a suite at the Minicon science fiction convention (hospitality). At these and other events, WiCoM is dedicated to the portrayal of Wicca as a life-affirming spiritual path.


Many members of WiCoM are also members of other Wiccan and pagan organizations, both locally and nationally. Our newsletter, "The WitchTower", has been sent as a part of an information exchange to organizations in Minneapolis and to Winnipeg, Manitoba.


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