One of the ways that I like to celebrate Samhain is by having an ancestor supper. This meal can be done any time in the month of October, since the veil is so thin. You may choose to do this on Samhain night or maybe during the October Full Moon. During this meal you are focusing on making items that were loved by the particular ancestors you are “inviting” to spend the meal with you. If you are inviting family that are generations back and you are unsure what their favorite meals were than just create a nice dinner like you would if you were having a feast for someone because the magick here (as always) is in the energy you put into it and the intention you set forth in the process.
Next, you set the table and sit down to eat, either by yourself or physically with other people. However, this is a silent supper. There should not be any talking because the conversation at this dinner table will be spiritual. You may choose to sit some pictures, if you have them, of the ones you hope to connect with. The purpose of this would be to help you focus. The doors are opened to welcome your ancestors and invitation is given. The invitation can be verbal but this should be the only speaking done. You are inviting the spirits in to your home, offering them this symbolic meal and asking for their guidance and wisdom in return. Then everyone enjoys their meals in silence waiting for the ancestor to speak to them spiritually. When the supper is finished it is okay to speak and to thank the ancestors for their presence.
It is a good idea to spend a few moments after the dinner to journal the events. This is especially important if you had multiple ancestors show up for you or if the message was complex. By journaling it, you are putting the message to paper while the details are fresh in your mind and that way it is easier and more accurate when you want to recollect later on.
If you want to have an Ancestor Supper, don’t get too caught up in the details. This is really just another form of a ritual and so you can make it what you want it to be. The worst thing we can do is to let our energy get lost on worrying over details. Put that energy into your intentions of communicating with the ones you see and you will get great results every time. Blessed Be )0(