A Group Ritual for A Lonely Witch, Samhain
Having reached a new level of my physical and emotional healing this year, I have been able to get out more and make connections to other witches and Tarot readers. It’s really been a new step in my spiritual growth. While I still do almost all of my ritual solo, I have others that I can speak with in real life about these things. It’s powerful. It’s powerful to make these connections after spending last year painfully incapacitated and most of this year with crippling migraines. I am now at a point that I can go a whole week without a one. It makes a huge difference.
My new witch friend brought me along to a new moon/Samhain ritual that was focused around shedding some collective grief, as well as personal stuff, and sending some love to the some of the unbelievably tough situations going on in the world. There was a lot of energy. People were moving and dancing and making noises. I felt my movement happening mostly internally, my voice was mostly inside, but I could feel the warmth and crackling in my Reiki hands. I could feel everybody else’s energy and it was strong. I did wind up spiral dancing and not falling over! My injury has created balance issues and honestly, I was not that balanced to begin with.
I bawled for a good deal of it though, I suppose that’s external. I had no concern about anybody paying any attention to my emoting. It was nice when my one friend put her hand on my shoulder. It gave some grounding to that grief. When I initially arrived, I added my recently deceased grandmother’s name to the recently dead, and it was surprisingly affecting. I’m still not sure I have thoroughly processed her death but that group ritual freed up some of that trapped water.
Since that ritual I have done some more solo rituals. My personal intention for the group ritual had been opening up to potential guides and it really dovetailed nicely. I have incorporated things that are new to me, that I find helpful–inviting ancestors to join and help. I will be definitely adding that into my ritual structure. It’s a good place to start connecting with the astral world. The ancestors who decide to sit down with me are obviously interested in helping. So I’m opening up to that. That’s new for me.
I was having difficulty wrapping my head around the inclusion of ancestors and the dead in magical work because I believe that energy becomes dissolute after death. ButI also believe in a non-linear notion of time. So my ancestors can be here right now because they’re always here and they always have been and if they are my guides they have always been my guides and always will.
But I sure hope the ancestors will accept their offerings tomorrow though because I had a hell of a migraine today. Even so, I feel like so much healing has happened.