A ritual to honor our Beloved Dead and dance the spiral of rebirth
The holiday, popularly known as Halloween, is the time of year known to witches as Samhain. The veil is thin between the worlds of the living and the dead.
We gather to remember and honor our ancestors, our Beloved Dead, and all those who have crossed over. As we mourn for those we love who have died since last Samhain, we also mourn the loss and pain suffered by the Earth, our Mother. Yet even as we grieve, we remember and honor the sacred cycle of life, death, rebirth and regeneration, celebrating the births of our children born this year and our own vital connections to the Earth and each other, in which we ground our hope.
The first Spiral Dance ritual was held in 1979 to celebrate the publication of Starhawk’s book, The Spiral Dance (Harper and Row) Starhawk, a founding member of the Reclaiming Collective, wrote the original script which remains the heart of the ritual, though it has been altered and embellished over the years by her and many other people. Traditionally, the Spiral Dance calls upon the energy and talents of musicians, artists, poets, dancers, crafts people, singers, technicians, priests and priestesses from the Reclaiming Community and beyond, and we are grateful to everyone who helps to create this magical experience we all share.
This is a participatory ritual and pageant which has become a central event in the Wheel of the Year for many in the Reclaiming Community and beyond. Over 1,000 people join in this observance of the Witches’ New year, and the event raises funds which support the work of Reclaiming throughout the year.
When we dance the Spiral as a community we remember and honor our own past at that same time that we renew our vision and embrace the future. As with all Reclaiming events we strive for inclusiveness and diversity. Our aim is to create a ritual inspired by community, with community, that reflects the myriad faces and voices that make up the rich tapestry that is Reclaiming. Reclaiming rituals are clean and sober as an act of solidarity for those community members that are in recovery. Reclaiming rituals are open to folks of all ages, all genders, people of diverse physical abilities, peoples of color, LGBTQ+ folk, Witches, Pagans, non-pagans, activists, seekers and the curious.
Let it begin now!