Samhain Ancestors Ritual

One of the biggest traditions that comes with Samhain is the honoring of those that came before us, our ancestors. With the veil at its thinnest, we may feel closer to the dead or even be able to contact them

Samhain ancestor ritualPerform a simple ritual to honor ancestors at Samhain

If you want to honor your ancestors this year at Samhain, here is one ritual to do that. Before you begin, you should decorate your altar area with photographs of your ancestors, or items that belonged to them. You can include other relatives as well if you wish. You will also need:

  • 1 black candle
  • A slice of freshly baked bread
  • Glass of apple cider (or juice)
  • Any other foods that are relevant to your family history or culture

Set up everything you have either on your altar or just on a clean table. There is no particular arrangement for this Samhain ancestor ritual. Repeat the following:

The past is not lost,
It lives in the present.
The now exists on the
foundation of the before.

(light the candle)

On this dark night, I look back
to honor all those who lived
and died before me.
Your accomplishments are not forgotten.

On this dark night, I offer you
food and drink to sustain you
in the afterlife. I offer light for
you to see your way.

Lift up the bread in your hands, then the drink, and whatever else you are making as an offering. Then repeat this one verse another time:

On this dark night, I look back
to honor all those who lived
and died before me.
Your accomplishments are not forgotten.

Remember, this is just a ritual to honor your ancestors, not a spell to actually do any practical witchcraft. Feel free to adapt it as you wish.

You might also want to celebrate the seasonal harvest with another Samhain ritual we have in our collection. 

  

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