Sabbats: Samhain

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WHAT IS SAMHAIN? 

 Samhain is also known as Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve and the Witches’ New Year. The Wheel of the Year has makes its final turn for the year and begins again. 

Samhain is pronounced something close to "Sow-en" if you have only ever seen it written. 

Samhain is a time we celebrate death as a part of life by honouring and remembering our loved ones and those who have passed over. Many witches will leave out food for ancestors and spirits who visit (known as a “dumb supper”).

The veil between the seen and unseen worlds is as its thinnest, so Samhain is a great time for divination, all kinds of spirit work and asking for guidance from ancestors.

Because Samhain is associated with the continual cycles of death /rebirth and destruction / renewal, Samhain night is a good time to shed old habits and attitudes and replace with new ones.

Write whatever you want to leave behind on a piece of paper (old relationships, bad habits, sorrow, fear, self-doubt) and burn in a ritual fire or cauldron. As always, be careful not to burn yourself.

Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain! We give thanks to the witches before us. 

SAMHAIN ALTAR

Decorate your Samhain altar with the colors and symbols of the season:

  • pictures of ancestors
  • cauldrons
  • masks
  • besom
  • apples
  • pumpkins
  • soul cakes
  • sugar skulls
  • food for those who have crossed over
  • candles
  • crystals
  • flowers
  • herbs

COLORS

 Samhain colors for candles and decorations are:

  • Dark colors such as black, brown, grey
  • Autumn colors of orange, yellow, silver 

CRYSTALS

Samhain crystals are:

  • carnelian
  • jet
  • moonstone
  • obsidian
  • black onyx

FLOWERS AND HERBS

Samhain flowers and herbs:

TAROT

  • Death
  • the High Priestess
  • the Wheel of Fortune

SPELLS

Samhain is a time for spells for:

  • banishing
  • healing
  • love
  • protection
  • house cleansing/blessings
  • speaking to ancestors
  • divination
  • release
  • renewal 

FEAST

Celebrate Samhain with:

  • apple cider
  • lamb’s wool
  • griddle cakes (similar to pancakes with maple syrup)
  • soul cakes
  • nuts
  • pumpkin
  • fermented foods
  • apples
  • bread
  • kale chips
  • colcannon
  • soups
  • stews 

 

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