In many traditions, Samhain marks the spiritual New Year, a time when we want to focus on our connection to the past and to the future. To ancient peoples, stones represented the link between ourselves and those who walked our Earth before us and would do so after us. This is still seen today in the New Year’s rituals of South Pacific islanders and in Jewish cemeteries the world over. To honor those who came before, gather some interesting stones–large, but small enough to carry comfortably–and take them to any place that makes you feel connected to your ancestors. Graveyards, a home, or a piece of land are all appropriate. Speak out loud your desire to connect with those who once walked in this place and invite them to link more closely to you. Place the stones firmly into the ground, knowing that they will be there always, connecting you to the entirety of your family tree from oldest root to newest bud.
Copyright 2001 Edian McCoy Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2001 Page 119