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:

{ 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:

{ 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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