Opening the Gates-- Novices of the Old Ways Samhain

 
The time of year is again upon us!
The Witches' New Year is a time to honor our Mighty Dead. We will Open The Gates with the help of Hekate and Her hounds to send those we love who have passed through peacefully and safely. In safe and sacred space, we will have time to heal and celebrate those lives lost. There will be a Water cleansing rite to help shed the pain of the past year. We will then raise energy to sustain us through the dark time ahead.
Come prepared to shed that within you which is "dead." Be ready to embrace vitality, power, energy, and kinship with those who have gone to the Summerland. Our ritual will conclude with feasting, fellowship, dancing, singing! Bring drums and noisemakers and songs if you wish!

Ritual begins at 7:00 p.m., sharp! Plan to arrive at 6:45. ****If you arrive after the ritual has begun, we cannot admit you into the space, but feel free to hang out and join us for feast and fellowship, afterward.***** Teenagers must attend with parent or legal guardian. No one under 13 will be admitted.

Suggested items to bring:
* Food/drink to share, if you are able. Bring your own plate, cup, and utensils or prepare to share! No disposables!
* Photographs and/or trinkets of your Departed.
*Suggested $10 donation or what you can, if you can.

We are also collecting in-kind donations for the Ali Forney Center, which helps homeless LGBTQ youth. They have asked for the following:
* Gift Cards in $10 denominations to four AFC approved vendors (McDonalds, Starbucks, Old Navy, and iTunes)
* New hats, gloves, and scarves
* New socks, undershirts, underwear etc.
* School Supplies (notebooks, markers, etc)
Please DO NOT donate used clothing, linen or toiletries.

We look forward to sharing Circle with you!

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