Samhain lasted from Saturn's Day afternoon until Sun's Day night with
a short break for sleep. We performed identical rituals both days including
a play written by Blue and performed by the Fates with an all-praise in
the middle. We held our usual vigil Saturn's Day night, with a pumpkin
parade down Easton Ave., Spiritualist seance, divination, all-night fire,
and backyard full of altars.
Blue invoked Dionysos both rituals. Different people took different parts
in each ritual, but held the same masks. Norma was Druid-in-Charge, balancing
grief and humor. Both rituals were intense and emotional. This is the
first time we've done two Samhain rituals over two days, and it worked
Statistics: 35 attended the Saturn's Day rite, 26 stayed for the overnight
vigil, 23 attended the dawn ritual, 10 stayed over or returned for the
Sun's Day ritual, 28 attended the Sun's Day ritual, and 25 the Sun's Day
funeral for Dionysos and fire offering of the masks. Total: 53 (not counting
the 10 who did both). Thanks to all who helped with clean-up (there were
many of you!) and organization. And thanks to Marc, Tricia, Tara, Ed,
and Maggie for the photos!
here for the script of the play "Song for Zagreus / Dionysos"
here for the Sun's Day invocation to Hermes, our Gatekeeper
here for the Saturn's Day invocation to Apollo, our muse
Click here for Kristen's Quotes from GOG's Samhain