It’s just before dusk, and the great wheel has turned to another Samhain. Another time of rememberance and thanksgiving for our ancestors and all those who have passed on before us. A time of reflection and recollection, a point to take stock, to remind ourselves who we are and where we came from. To give thanks to all our ancestors, those we can remember, those we know about through other members of our family, and those whose names are now lost. We remember them and give thanks: their decisions and lives have ultimately lead to the creation of our own.
At this time, I especially remember those who died serving their country or their people. For Asatru these include the Einherjar, the honoured dead, who wait for the final battle having been personally chosen for their actions in life.
Hail to those who ran in, so that others could run out
hail to those that served, hail the fallen, hail the Einherjar
A sinple way of honouring those who have travelled on, whether friends or family, is to talk to them as if they were there with you, or write them a letter or card. Tell them all the things you have been up to this past year; share all your news just as you used to. On this night, it’s easier for them to hear you, and for you to hear them. Even lighting a candle by their picture or name written out, in remembrance is a way of honouring them.
A spot of mead doesn’t hurt either – or maybe that’s just my interpretation 🙂