Samhain is the Celtic name for a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31st. It is considered to be the Witches’ New Year and for many magickal practitioners, it is the most important Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year. Samhain (Scots Gaelic: Samhuinn) literally means “summer's end.” In Scotland and Ireland, Halloween is known as Oíche Shamhna, while in Wales it is Nos Calan Gaeaf. Some say the Queen of Witches is the Irish Morrigan (also called Morgan le Fay). In other traditions, the Blue Faced Hag of Winter – the Calleach – rules this night. The Witches’ Wheel is a Circle without beginning or end. At the end of each life is a doorway to the next. We believe there is a place between the worlds where souls return and abide with the Great Spirits between lives. This is the Summerland where the dead go to rest, to enjoy perfect health and perfect peace, at one with the Gods, comforted and renewed in the embrace of the Great Goddess, as they continue their journey onwards. Though our Earthly world seems stable and solid, nothing here is permanent. Like water and snow and ice, life here is always changing and shifting form. We welcome you to share with us a sacred ceremony this evening, in a time that is out of time, as we turn the Witches’ Wheel of the Year. Let this be a rite of release, peace and healing, and envisioning a better world.