Items to Gather
- Images and objects of your loved ones
- Seasonal Natural Items
- Items used in feeding the Altar
- Items used in feeding your Ancestors
- Spiritual Tools
Images and objects of your loved ones
Do you have items that belonged to those you want to honor? If not, use another object in it’s place if that feels appropriate. If you want to take a trip to the thrift store and purchase an item to hold space for that person, make sure you clean this object before using it for this work. If you would rather, you can also simply use a stone or other kind of object to hold space for that person. If you do not have images of your loved ones, you can do the same thing; make or buy a piece of artwork to represent that person or use an old photo of someone you don’t know to hold the space of that person.
Seasonal Natural Items
This is a beautiful time to take a walk and ask for some items to offer themselves to you for your altar. As you walk, notice what stands out to you, try to take leaves, for example, that have already fallen, and not disturb the ground too much in your interactions, respect the ecosystem you are engaging with and the items that are giving themselves to you for the work of creating a sacred space in your home. These are not just objects; they are bits of energy that want to come help you create this space and do the work of connecting to your ancestors. It’s bigger than just a simple walk, keep that in mind, but also enjoy yourself and the delightful things you do find on your walk. You may recieve messages right away, or you may get no clarity at all except for one tiny thing. Be grateful for whatever comes that feels right.
Feeding the Altar
Because it is a living space, altars need to be activated and fed regularly. There are many ways to do this that are simple but creative. The most basic and common is lighting a candle while you want to animate your altar. You can go grand and have many candles, offerings of incense, small cups of wine or juice, objects of the elementals – bowls of water, dirt, a feather, more candle or oil lamps for fire. This is simply to activate and feed the space.
Feeding your Ancestors
You’ll also need to have space to leave offerings for your loved ones. More on this below.
Leave some space for any items you may use while you spend time at your altar, this may include herbs for burning and a feather for smudging to clean the space and yourself before spending time with your altar, a rattle, bells, any kind of sound-maker, oils for annointing, water for annointing, charged water or liquids, stones or crystals you may use for any purpose, like creating a grid or asking for guidance, feather or other types of fans, healing bundles you have assembled, medicine bags, the list is endless.
What to do at your altar
- How often to visit the altar
- Feed your ancestors
- Heal your lineage
How often should I be at my altar?
You can choose to do this every day or just once. Go to your altar as often as you are drawn to it or if you have an inspired thought about making it part of your month in November, set up some dates with your altar and do your best to keep them.
Feed your ancestors
How to feed your ancestors and loved ones; Remember them. Drink tea with them. Mourn them. Speak to them.
Offer them some of their favorite things by leaving them on the altar over night or for a few days and ultimately taking the objects outside to be returned to the earth. Do not eat or use these objects, they are for offering only.
Instructions for having a Silent Supper in Honoring Samhain
Heal your lineage
Using your spiritual tools and asking for guidance, having the willingness to trust your intution and inspirations (messages from spirit), use your tools to do clearing and releasing work in whatever way you are guided. If you are willing to do this work it can be very intense, make sure you ask that it’s clear, simple, healing and gentle and for the highest good of all.