2015 Public Samhain Ritual

Presented by: Travis, Andrastos Coven, Triskellion Tradition

DATE Saturday, October 31, 2015

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)

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Samhain - Traditionally, this is the time when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest, and this is the time to communicate with those who have gone before. In the Greek mythos, Tartarus (the underworld) is ruled by Hades and his bride, Persephone. We will travel to His realm to commune with our forebearers. But BEWARE! The path is hazardous, and there is always a price to be paid!

Items to Bring: 2 coins. This can be a penny or any coin of value. Bring a photo or something you would like to share with your beloved dead for the ancestor altar.

While there will be a pot luck following the ritual, all food and drink must be put in the kitchen before the start of ritual. There will be NO food or drink allowed in ritual space. After all, we will be in Tartarus. You don't want to be stuck there like Persephone.


This Ritual is NOT suitable for small Children.

As this is intended to be an intense experience, we offer this RITUAL OUTLINE:
Attendees will start at the entry level where you will be prepared the Green Man to enter into Hades' realm of Tartarus.
Pay your two coins to Chiron and be guided to the first of seven gates, after passing through all gates, you will meet Hades and Persephone in their Royal Court.
When all have arrived, the Green Man will ask Hades for the chance to speak to, honor, and dance with our honored dead, your ancient dead, and remember their names so they do not disappear.
Say their names - Speak up! This will summons our honored dead.
Once summoned, we will don masks and to dance with our dead - (get your dancing shoes on) - a simple waltz.
This is your time with the dead, you may talk with each other, sit on the chairs and talk with your dead, hug, console, dance in joy, visit the altar, or even talk with Hades and Persephone.

BUT BE WARNED! When the time is up, you must return to the land of the living, or be trapped in Tartarus forever.

See you on Samhain.

Travis Thorpe

Additional Notes:
> The coins will be donated to WiCoM or Lola's Funeral Fund.
> Those with mobility issues may be seated; there could be significant waiting.

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, splease check back to confirm
Contact our Secretary at Secretary@WiccanChurchMN.Org for more details
Sabbat Date Presenter(s) Newsletter
Samhain '15 10/31/15 Travis 9/30/15
Yule '15 12/19/15   11/24/15
Imbolc '16 1/30/16   12/30/15
Ostara '16 3/19/16   2/20/16
Beltaine '16 4/30/16 Annie and John and Travis and Emrys Anu 3/31/16

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 currently scheduled for:
Sunday, December 6, 2015, Noon to as late as 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: To Be Determined.

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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