~ Samhain – Halloween ~

Samhain is the third and final harvest, the harvest of meat.  The sun is at its lowest point on the horizon as measured by the ancient standing stones of Britain and Ireland and the veil between worlds is at its thinnest allowing  those who have died in the past year and those who are to be reincarnated pass through. The doors of the sidhe-mounds are open, and neither human nor faery need any magickal passwords to come and go. Our ancestors, the blessed dead, are more accessible, more approachable during the time of the dying of the land. Samhain is a day to commune with the dead and a celebration of the eternal cycle of reincarnation.

ALTAR: Black, Gold, Orange, Silver and white

ANIMALS: Bat, Boar, Cat, Cow, Dog

DECORATIONS: Autumn Flowers and Leaves, Gourds, Indian Corn, Small Pumpkins, Cauldron with black votive candle for petition magick

DIVINATION:  tarot, obsidian ball, pendulum, runes, oghams, Ouija boards, black cauldron or bowl filled with black ink or water, or magick mirror, Seances* (*TO BE PERFORMED ONLY BY THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE IN DEALING WITH THE SPIRIT REALM AND ESPECIALLY SPIRIT POSSESSION*)

FOODS: Apples, Pumpkins, Meat dishes, rosemary, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds, mulled cider with spices, candy apples or other apple dishes, potatoes, roasted pumpkin seeds, nuts,  Cakes for the Dead, Bread, Pears, Pork, Red Foods, Beans, Pomegranates, Grains, Beets, Turnips, Corn, Gingerbread, Mulled Wine,

HERBS/INCENSE: Acorn, Almond, Angelica, Broom, Calendula, Catnip, Cedar, Cinnamon, Deadly Nightshade, Dittany, Frankincense, Hazel, Hazel Nuts, Heather, Hemlock cones, Mandrake, Mugwort, Myrrh, Oak leaves, Passionflower, Pine Needles, Rue, Sage, Sandalwood, Straw Tarragon, and Wormwood.

STONES:  Black obsidian, smoky quartz, jet, amber, pyrite, garnet, granite, clear quartz, marble, sandstone, gold, diamond, iron, steel, ruby, hematite, brass

TREES: Apple, Beech, Blackthorn, Locust, Pomegranate, Willow, Witch Hazel, Yew

ZODIAC SIGNS: Libra and Scorpio

THINGS DONE ON HALLOWEEN:
Make resolutions, write them on a small piece of parchment, and burn in a candle flame, preferably a black votive candle within a cauldron on the altar.
Carve a jack-o-lantern. Place a spirit candle in it.
Enjoy the trick or treating of the season.
Drink apple cider spiced with cinnamon to honor the dead. Bury an apple or pomegranate in the garden as food for spirits passing by on their way to being reborn.
Do divination for the next year using tarot, a crystal ball, flame, pendulum, magick mirror, black bowl, runes, Ouija boards, or a black cauldron filled with black ink or water.
Set out a mute supper.
Make a mask of your shadow self.
Make a besom, or witches broom.
Make a witches ladder for protection or as an expression of what you hope to manifest in the year ahead.
Find a magick wand of oak, holly, ash, rowan, birch, hazel, elm, hawthorn or willow.
Let this be the traditional time that you make candles for the coming year, infusing them with color, power, herbs, and scent depending on the magickal purpose.

* The members of Ye Olde Dark Arts Coven-Tradition hold a Festival Of Souls for the Occult Community in which we set up an altar for the dead and La Santisima Muerte who watches over the dead, hold a seance where we receive messages from the dead via possession in some cases and just mingle with others of like mind*

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