Morning tea with friends yesterday went for three hours and was just so nice. There were six adults and seven widdies and a good time was had by all. A few hours to tidy and re-gather then two more for a few more hours. Ended up chatting with their mum for over an hour when she came to pick them up and felt all socialised out by the end of the day.
In other news, I did my first structured ritual as a solitaire celebrating Samhain and I was surprised by how smoothly it went. I wasn't actually prepared in advance as I was just planning on having a very basic circle casting and quiet meditation. Then I started thinking about an alter cloth. Black. OK, probably a black candle would be good as well. And incense. I had an inclination towards clove with a hint of cinnamon. Nice. And, why not throw in some element representations, feathers for air, sea salt earth, water for water and a small candle for fire. Easy. Add my pentacle dish with a few small charms that spoke to me of Samhain, and I was starting to feel like it was almost all organised without even trying. So, I grabbed a God and Goddess candle, Death and Moon tarot cards, a short Samhain reading, something for cakes and ale and I was all ready.
I started with an I Am Witch recitation and a few words about being my first magical works under my new magical name, Kora. I then cast circle but I hadn't written any invocations so just improvised. Added some impromptu words in honour of two of my relatives that have passed, my ancestors in general and also the wisdom of the crone. After some quiet reflection and meditation on my alter items, I read out the info on Samhain and had cakes and ale. Next was a simple thanks and release followed by opening the circle.
It's one thing to attend ritual but another to construct one by yourself and see it through. I'm really looking forward to putting one together for a full moon ritual at the cottage and am glad that this Samhain has blessed me with further confirmation that this is something that is within me to do (wisdom of the crone), even though I know I will freak out when it's my turn for the group. It still is a good feeling though. I guess that's because I am witch.