I am part of a coven. I don't know if I like the word "coven," because it seems to have such awful connotations, thanks to the media. However, despite the word itself, it's wonderful to be part of a group of like-minded people.
Last night we celebrated Samhain together. We started with a dinner to honor our pets, both living and deceased. Then we moved away from the table and began the second part of our ritual. We crafted "wish bottles" which will be opened on Mabon of next year. We each did our own, and then we crafted a group bottle. It was during the crafting of the group bottle that we discussed making it official. It turns out we all sort of all ready thought of ourselves as a coven.
After the issue of "are we or are we not a coven" was put to rest, I led a guided meditation so the rest of the group could visit with their ancestors. I think it turned out quite well. The trick, though, I quickly discovered was knowing when to be silent to give the participants a chance to commune with their ancestors and when to move on.
At first, I wasn't sure how to know, but as I recited the meditation, I tuned in to the group. It was an odd experience for me, as I am normally not so in tune with so many people at one time. During the silences, I found I could tune into people and just know if they were still communing or if their conversations had come to an end.
I have never celebrated Samhain before - alone or in a group. I've wanted to...but just never really did. Last year I did perform a small banishing and blessing ceremony at home, however I wouldn't really call that celebrating. It was more of a brief acknowledgment that yes, it's Samhain and the Wheel has turned yet again.
Before closing the circle last night, we decided to meet each month for the full moon. I'm glad we picked the full moon...it's the one phase of the moon that I've always had a great affinity for.
After choosing the date for our next meeting, J opened the wards, and all of a sudden I felt vulnerable and unsafe. K stated that she saw a werewolf run past the house, and then I was scared to go out to my car. Thank goodness for C and J, for they walked us out and I felt less scared because of the company.
I arrived home safe and sound and happy...I believe it's going to be a very good year.
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