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Coming to Samhain: In Memory of Julian Yates

October 26th, 2020

I dedicated this evening’s tea to a friend who died on Friday: Julian Yates – a lovely bright soul. Here is a newspaper article about Julian with some good photos. And here is the Druid prayer we offer when someone dies, addressed directly to them:

Dear Julian,

May your journey to the Isles of the Blessed, to the fields of Bliss, to the land of freedom and splendour, be swift and sure.

May the Light be your guide on the journey.

May the blessings of the Spirits of the Tribe and of the Ancestors, of Time and of Place and of the Journey be with you.

May the blessing of the Spirits of North and South, East and West be with you.

May the blessing of the Lord and Lady of the Animals and the Woods, the mountains and the streams be with you.

May the blessing of the Uncreated One, whose child is the Created Word, and of the Spirit that is the Inspirer, be always with you.

By the beauty of the fields, the woods and the sea, by the splendour that is set upon all that is, we send you our love and blessings.

7 Responses to “Coming to Samhain: In Memory of Julian Yates”

  1. I am sorry for your loss, he sounds like an amazing man. Thank you for posting the prayer. I plan on weaving it into my own Samhain ritual to honor friends and family that have passed on through the veil.

  2. Dear Philip, Please accept my condolences for the loss of your dear friend. Condolences to his dear family for such a sudden and tragic loss. The article was a beautiful tribute to who he was. May his soul travel peacefully to his new life. /|\ Kindly, Mela

  3. Thank you Philip, for this heartfelt, moving, Samhain Tea. Love & Blessings to You, Stephanie, & your Girls, for the loss of your beautiful Friend. I loved hearing the story of your adventure with Julian. May he feel your Love & Blessings @ this time when the Veil between the Worlds is drawn aside…

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