I had a wonderful Samhain with loved ones. My husband and I carved pumpkins, with the help of Bee (who enjoyed scooping out seeds and guts). I used some of the insides to make pumpkin orzo for dinner the day of. My sister and niece visited and, since the little ones can walk, we took them trick-or-treating to a few nearby homes in my neighborhood. I don’t think indulging in a few sweets from time to time is a bad thing, so I let Bee nibble some chocolate. We returned to our own home to hand out treats to other children – candy, pretzels, and stickers. I was really happy to share this old tradition with my daughter.
Before dinner, I said a prayer to our Ancestors and made an offering of food to them, placing it on our shrine. We shared stories of the Ancestors and enjoyed each other’s company.
I felt bad that I completely forgot about keeping my flame to Brighid… I was really distracted by entertaining my family and preparing for our Samhain ritual the next day. I did make an offering to Brighid at the ritual, though… It’s always difficult when my flamekeeping shift falls on a High Day. I haven’t felt any anger from Brighid; she’s pretty forgiving and I do make offerings to her frequently. I’m trying my best, after all! I’m sure she’s aware of my resolve to do a better job next time.
The ritual with Northern Rivers went really well. It was cold and even a little rainy, but we went outside and circled a cozy bonfire. I enjoyed time with my grovies, making new friends, and honoring our Ancestors. Our bonds grow stronger and stronger! We’re hoping to work on our bylaws and turn into a fully-fledged grove soon!