Aradia carefully prepared the altar for the Samhain ritual. Being a solitary witch in the middle of a forest had its advantages of privacy, but she knew it wouldn’t be long before others began to arrive. She lovingly placed the mementos of those long passed on the altar to honor them this holy night. Then she offered the feast of the fruits of the harvest; baked bread, squash, baked apples with cinnamon, pecan pie and mulled wine. Candles were carefully placed around the altar to illuminate the offerings.
She drew the circle and began her chant to the four corners, calling on the protections of the ancients. Then she began to sing her praise to the God and Goddess. The wind blew gently around her, causing her robes to swirl about her legs. She heard them first. Their voices joining with her. Singing the song in joyous celebration.
All around her the ghosts of her ancestors began to form, laughing and singing and dancing. She joined the dance within the circle. The moon illuminated them as they merrily joined in the ritual. Aradia was happy with the turn out. But she knew that time was short.
They began the feast, enjoying the food and wine. They talked about the year that had passed and the year that was ahead of them. Aradia agreed that she had much to do in the coming year. She was, after all, the Queen of Witches. Her subjects needed her guidance to keep the faith alive.
Too soon, their time together had ended and Aradia closed the circle. “Until next year,” she said as the last of the ghosts vanished from sight.
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