#4 8 20 Nov 86 12:05:56 (RECV'D) Subj: Samhain Woops! I was wrong, I do have a Samhain rit

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#4 8 20 Nov 86 12:05:56 (RECV'D) From: L.a. Hussey To: Brad Hicks Subj: Samhain Woops! I was wrong, I do have a Samhain ritual. It's only a small one (for 4 close friends), so I didn't remember it, but it's quite nice nonetheless. I'm going to upload it here, and you can get it how you like. [older woman to older man]: One-eye, Wanderer, God of wisdom, Hunt-lord, hail, who leads the hosting! Nine nights hanging, knowledge gaining, Cloaked at crossroads, council hidden. Now the night, your time, is near us -- Right roads send us on, Rune-winner. [older man to older woman]: Every age your eye has witnessed; Cauldron-Keeper, hail wise Crone! Rede in riddles is your ration -- Wyrd-weaving at the World-tree's root. Eldest ancient, all-knowing one, Speak secrets to us, send us vision. [younger woman to younger man]: Lord of Life, hail Land-Master! God of grain that grows and dies And rises reborn, full of richness; Fallow fields shall yet be fertile -- Spring sap runs as stirs your phallus Bless barren earth, let it bear again! [younger man to younger woman]: Snow-shoes striding, hail swift Huntress! Wild one, free and willful Goddess Bow and blade you bear beside you, Finding food to fend off hunger -- Winter will not leave us wanting; Give good hunting, grant us skill. USHERING IN THE NEW YEAR: Welcome winter, waning season, Now with night the new year comes; Hail the horse's head with blessings -- Blessings be on those who bide here And indeed on all the world! SCRYING: Wide are the worldgates, Sights to be sent us; Ready for rede-gifts, We wait for your wisdom. OFFERINGS/THANKSGIVING: Grateful, we give now, gifts of our own Heart-work and hand-work the hearth shall grace; Happiness, harmony, health in the new year, Send to the world and we in it, we wish you. DISMISSAL/OPENING: To watching winds we wish fair travelling; To sleepless dead sweet rest we send; Gods and Godesses, go with praises -- See: the circle is severed thus. [cut with sword at east] I wrote that ritual for David, myself, and two friends who are older than we. It was the first ritual that I wrote not based on NROOGD material in any way, but on entirely original structure and material. The horse's skull is a primitive form of the Mari Lwyd (Grey Mare/Mary), a Welsh folk traditional hobby horse that goes from house to house at the calendar New Year, but she's such a bizzare and macabre beast that she was almost certainly a Samhain leftover. There's interesting material about her in Trefor Owen's WELSH FOLK CUSTOMS (which is probably out of print, but I could provide photocopies for interested parties who provide copying costs...) Happy Samhain! Leigh Ann --- * Origin: ThelemaNet of Berkeley * (415)548-0163 (161/93)

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