Merry Meet friends! Yes, I am writing a bit more this month than I normally do…I feel so inspired this time of year! Thought I would post some info for those who may be new to paganism, wicca or witchcraft…and some of you who have been around awhile..might like the info too!
Samhain is one of the Greater Wiccan Sabbats and is generally celebrated on Oct. 31st. This Sabbat is the third harvest festival. It marks the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter. The God has died, returning to the Underworld to await his rebirth at Yule; the Goddess is the Crone, mourning her lost love, leaving the world for a time in darkness. “Samhain” means “End of Summer” and its historical origin is The Feast of the Dead in Celtic lands. It is believed that on this night, the veil Between the Worlds is at its thinnest point, making this an excellent time to communicate with the Other Side. It is a time when the Dead are honored. Pagans, Witches and Wiccans honor their loved ones who have passed on to the Summerland. Customs of this Sabbat are ancient and include the “Dumb Supper,” setting a place for the silent souls of departed loved ones at your table and lighting their way to your hearth with carved pumpkins and candlelight.
Samhain is the Witches New Year and a very powerful time for magick. Rituals for this night include Divination, Past-Life recall, spirit contact, meditation, and astral projection. Samhain is a good time to do spellwork for protection and is considered to be a good time to boost your confidence and security. The correspondences below will help you to make the most of your spellwork on Samhain night!
*Symbolism- Death and transformation, Wiccan New Year, wisdom of the Crone, end of summer, Honoring our ancestors, thinning of the veil between worlds, death of the year, time outside of time, night of the Wild Hunt, begin new projects, end old projects, Magick, knowledge.
*Symbols/Tools/Decorations- Jack-O-Lanterns, Balefires, Masks, Besom, Cauldron, the Waning Moon, black altar cloth, oak leaves, acorns, straw, black cat, Crescent Moon, grain, bare branches, pictures of ancestors, candles.
*Herbs- Allspice, broom, comfrey, dandelion, deadly nightshade, mugwort, catnip, ferns, flax ,mandrake, dragon’s blood, sage, straw, thistles, oak, wormwood
*Incense/Oils- Frankincense, basil, yarrow, lilac, camphor, clove, wood rose, wormwood, myrrh, patchouli, apples, mint, nutmeg, sage, ylang ylang
*Colors- Black, orange, indigo,
*Stones/Crystals- Black stones, jet, obsidian, onyx, carnelian
*Customs/Activities- Carving jack o’lanterns, spirit plate, ancestor altar, costumes, divination, the Feast of the Dead, feasting, paying debts, drying winter herbs, masks, bonfires, apples, tricks, bats, cats, ghosts
*Foods- Apple, pumpkin pie, pomegranate, pumpkin, squash, hazelnuts, corn, cranberry muffins, bread, ale, apple cider and herbal tea.
*Gods- Horned Hunter, Cernunnos, Osiris, Hades, Loki, Arawn, Anubis, Gwynn ap Nudd
*Goddesses- The Crone, Hecate, Cerridwen, Arianrhod, Caillech, Baba Yaga, Bast, Hel
*Spellworking/Ritual- Honoring/consulting ancestors, releasing the old, foreseeing the future, power, understanding death and rebirth, entering the underworld, divination, dance of the dead, fire calling, past life recall.
Contemplate the coming winter, and use this time out of time to let die old ways of thinking, outworn beliefs, and negative patterns. Meditate, rest, and incorporate relaxation techniques over the next weeks to deepen your psychic awareness and to restore your soul. And await your own rebirth at Yule, as the Wheel comes round full circle once again.
Samhain is many witches favorite time of year..and I’m no exception. Not only is Mother Earth resplendant in her glorious color, but there is Beggars Night for the children, there is trips to apple farms and pumpkin barns, bonfires, harvest parties, spooky hayrides, barn dances…there is baking with apples, caramel apples, popcorn balls, mulled cider, hot soups in crock pots…there is carving pumpkins and picking out costumes…it is a joyous time indeed!! Make the most of every minute with your loved ones! And don’t forget…..Witches Fly on Samhain Night!!! I’ll be flying with my sisters across the Moon…come and meet up with us!!
Samhain Blessings to all of you, Autumn