Nov 22, 2012

The Most Important Harvest

Happy Thanksgiving!  I have a chant to share with you all.  It is both a Samhain chant and a Thanksgiving chant that I wrote it several years ago as part of a Sabbat series.

Nom nom pumpkin bread!  It's a traditional part of Thanksgiving dinner in our family.

The words for this chant came straight out of a dream, in which I was saying the mealtime prayer at Thanksgiving dinner with my family - because, you know, my traditional Catholic family would ask a female neopagan to say the mealtime prayer :)  The idea of family and its love being the "most important harvest" was key to the dream.  Samhain is the last harvest - my dream (and, I am sure, Hecate, who gave me a serious chant-writing kick in the butt at that year's Hecate ritual) was telling me that all the crops and other things we harvest in the autumn are not nearly as important as the love and fellowship we "harvest" in our family (however we choose to define that family).  Since Samhain, for me and seemingly for many others, seems to be about ancestors/family, this kind of chant seemed very appropriate for the holiday as well as for Thanksgiving.

Most Important Harvest
Look around,
Holding hands - feel the connection between you.
We are all bound by blood and by choice.
This family is the most important "season,"
And its love is the most important "harvest."

Please let me know what you think!

You are free to share my post and use my chants in ritual - and I would love to know that you do!  But please do not reproduce my chants in any way without permission. 


  1. I recall this chant fondly ... the player is visible, but isn't playing for me (Mac running Snow Leopard). I clicked the link and Google says I need 'permission' to open it. What can we do? So glad to see you sharing your chants with the wider world!

  2. Oh, I guess my privacy settings on the file were too strong. It should play for you now.

  3. I'm visiting via the #FBF link-up and thanks for sharing your tradition with all of us!

  4. Thanks for visiting! I'm glad you enjoyed my Thanksgiving chant and the story behind its origin.


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