Samhain

Samhain is the favourite Sabbat of many Pagans, myself included. It is the Celtic new year and the final harvest festival. It is on this night when the veil between the worlds is thinnest that we invite the spirits of our deceased loved ones to come and join us. Samhain is the best night of the year for tarot and rune readings and any other kind of divination, but be prepared for spooky and very real results.

This is also the night when many children in the UK and USA go trick-or-treating, which although entertaining, can be distracting if you are trying to perform a ritual....


Time

The night of October 31st (I like to leave it until after the trick-or-treating children have gone to bed, midnight is the best)


Other Names

All Hallow's Eve

Halloween

Day of the Dead


Ritual Tools

Feast (with spare portion for the spirits)

Divination tool

Cauldron (with black candle inside)


Colours

Black

Orange


House/Altar Decorations

Nuts

Jack o' Lanterns

Autumn leaves

Seeds

Ears of corn

Gourds


Foods/Drinks

Pumpkin pie/juice

Apples

Nuts

Pomegranates

Turnips

Gingerbread

Mead

Cider

Mulled wine/cider


Activities

Spellwork: Divination, past life recall, releasing bad habits (write on paper and burn in black candle in cauldron), astral projection

Make Jack o' Lanterns

Eat an apple and count the seeds to tell the future

Hold a feast for you and the spirits

Roast nuts

 

~ By Violet River

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