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Lesson #39

Samhain: The Great Sabbat


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What You’ll See In This Lesson...


Wiccan Chants and Songs for Samhain
Ancestors' Chant
Hecate, Cerridwen
Dark Goddess, Sacred Friend
Where There's Fear There Is Power
Change Of Worlds
There Is A Woman Who Weaves The Night Sky
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Sparks (Sparks from the Hearth)
Hail to Inanna
Cauldron Of Changes
From The Earth And Back Again
On the Same Wheel We Spin
Blood of the Ancients
Hey, Oh, The Pumpkins Glow!

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Samhain: Summer's End
The Great Sabbat

* * *   P. 2   * * *

Season of the Witch

Tasting Life Beyond Life
Sacred Mystery
Death Worship?
Season of the Wise

* * *   P. 3   * * *

The Powers of Samhain

1. The Veil Between The Worlds Thins
2. Honouring our Beloved Dead
3. Descent to the Underworld

* * *   P. 4   * * *

Samhain's Deeper Powers

1. The Third and Final Harvest
2. Introspection — The Journey Within
3. Cleansing and Releasing

* * *   P. 5   * * *

4. Surrender
5. The Ending Is the Beginning
6. The Sacrament of Death

* * *   P. 6   * * *

Cycle of the Gods and Goddesses
Season of the Reaper: Hecate

* * *   P. 7   * * *

Wiccan Adventure of the Week
The Inner Adventure
Grimoire-Building

* * *   P. 8   * * *

A Wiccan Initiate Needs To Know…

Conclusion

Coming Up . . .


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Wiccan Chants and Songs
for Samhain



Ancestors' Chant

Oh Ancestors, oh
May you be blessed, may you be blessed! (x2)

Oh Grandmothers, oh
May you be blessed, may you be blessed! (x2)

Oh Grandfathers, oh
May you be blessed, may you be blessed! (x2)


[Click to hear it and find out how to use this chant.]

(Colombe)


Hecate, Cerridwen

Hecate, Cerridwen,
Dark Goddess [or "Dark Mother"] take us in;
Hecate, Cerridwen,
Let us be reborn.

(Patricia Witt)


Dark Goddess, Sacred Friend

Dark Goddess, Sacred Friend,
Help me trust to let things end;
Turning tide and Moon phase
Help me to let go, with grace.

(Dragonsong)


Where There's Fear There Is Power

Where there's fear there is power
Passion is the healer
Desire cracks open the gate
And if you're ready
It'll take you through.

But nothing lasts forever
Time is the destroyer
The wheel turns again and again
Watch out, it'll take you through

But nothing's dead forever
Nature is the renewer
The wheel turns again and again
If you're ready, it'll take you through.

(Starhawk)


Change Of Worlds

There is no death
Only a change of worlds

[These 2 lines are repeated; only the melody changes]

(Chief Seattle, melody by Dragonsong)


There Is A Woman Who Weaves The Night Sky

There is a woman who weaves the night sky
See how she spins, watch her fingers fly
She spins within us from beginning to end
Our grandmother, sister, and friend
She is the needle, we are the thread
She is the weaver, we are the web.

(Unknown)


East of the Sun, West of the Moon

I will seek my heart's desire
  East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Mother, Maiden, Ancient Crone
  East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Tell me what I've always known
  East of the Sun, West of the Moon
By wind, earth, sea, and fire
  East of the Sun, West of the Moon

(Unknown)


Sparks (Sparks from the Hearth)

Sparks from the hearth
Of the Queen of Death and Life
Swarm through the dark
Dance through the night

(J. Robin Gall)


Hail to Inanna

We go down as she goes down
We follow her underground
Hail to Inanna
Who dies to become whole
And deep calls to deep
The veils drop by on our way
As we pass through the gates
With Inanna as our guide
We find truth in deepest night
And deep calls to deep

(Suzanne Sterling)


Cauldron Of Changes

Cauldron of Changes
Blossom of Bone
Arch of Infinity
Hole in the Stone

(Holy Terror coven )


From The Earth And Back Again

From the Earth and back again
Hold to life and live again

 Sit with death and be again
From the Earth and back again
From the Earth and back again

(Maxina Ventura)


On the Same Wheel We Spin

On the same wheel we spin
Into (out of) life and out (in) again
One is many, many one
Brewing in Her cauldron

(Unknown)


Blood of the Ancients

It's the blood of the Ancients
That flows through our veins
And the forms pass
But the circle of life remains

(Ellen Klaven & Charlie Murphy)


Hey, Oh, The Pumpkins Glow! (Samhain Carol)

(Chorus)

Hey, oh, the pumpkins glow
The winds will blow
Spirits come and go
At Samhain!

The pumpkins carved with a skilful touch
A few strokes of the knife, it doesn't take much
From happy orange food
To jack-o'-lanterns of frightful mood

Hey, oh, oh, the pumpkins glow

The pumpkins glow
At Samhain!

The trees reach out with branches bare
To rattle and groan and pluck your hair
In the winds they fly
These skeletal limbs black on the sky

Hey, oh, oh, the winds will blow

The pumpkins glow
The winds will blow
At Samhain!

Across the worlds, the spirits are free
To visit friends and to come for tea
Across the cloaking Veil
Back from the lands of death they sail

Hey, oh, oh, spirits come and go

The pumpkins glow
The winds will blow
Spirits come and go
At Samhain!

Oh, oh, don't you know
It's Sah-ah-wooooo-OOOO-oooo-ain!

[The last word is sung like a ghostly howl.

Note: You can adapt the Chorus, each time it's sung, as given here, or you can simply repeat the whole Chorus as it's given in the beginning.]

(Dragonsong)


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