Downtown Portland, Maine
Saturday, Nov. 3
7 p.m.

Jane Raeburn offers an quiet, contemplative evening of poetry and remembrance in honor of the Samhain season. Poems will bridge the gap between this world and the next, will legitimize our losses and ways of expressing grief.

There will be time for individuals to offer personal remembrances of those they have lost, as well as community tributes to those lost in war and service, and to those who perished due to hate. Themes include the varieties of loss and the power of nature to heal both itself and us.

Samhain rites tend to stir up the emotions, and I do not feel this one to be appropriate for children or for those who have never attended a ritual.

After the ritual, we will share food and drink, and perform divinatory readings, which are believed to be particularly effective at this time of year.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. If you can attend, please reply to me privately here on Facebook or at I ask that you commit to attending because I may well have to declare the event “full,” and I don’t want to turn away people unnecessarily.

BRING: food or drink to share, and your divination tool(s) of choice. If you are moved to do so, bring a poem, photo and/or personal object to honor someone you have lost.

WEAR: Clothes. (Casual dress is fine.)

STUFF TO KNOW: I have cats. It’s OK to share this announcement within the Maine Pagan community.