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Remembering Your Ancestors

Samhain Spell to Remember Ancestors

Items needed:

One black candle
Oil for annointing your candle
Finely chopped fresh rosemary A bowl of water
An offering for your ancestors (bread, honey, etc)

Begin by casting the Sacred Circle.

Annoint your black candle with your chosen oil. Roll the candle in the chopped rosemary (for honoring ancestors), so that it sticks to the candle. Set it upright in the holder, where it will burn. Try not to move it too much, or the rosemary may fall off.

Light the candle, concentrating on the ancestor that you wish to remember. Bring the bowl of water close in front of you and the candle. Position the bowl so that you can see the candle's flame flickering in the water. Gaze into the bowl, letting the reflection of the candle flame take you deep into a meditative state.


"Candle burning, burning bright,
My eyes now see with new insight
I speak to you, who passed before
I walk willingly up to the door
Come to me so I may give
Remembrance to you so you may live."

Continue gazing into the water, letting your mind flow from one thought to the next as it will. You may see shapes, objects, people, or other things in the water. Let the images come, and store them away in your mind. When you feel ready, thank your ancestors for coming to you. Leave them the offering you have prepared for them.

Close the circle. Leave the offering overnight. You may dispose of it the next day by burying it. You should let the candle burn all the way down, however if this is not possible, then you may light it several days in a row for the same purpose, finishing up your workings by Nov. 1. If you have any candle left by this date, then bury the remains with the offering you left.

You may also be interested in our other supplies for Samhain.

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