Samhain is one of the major festivals in the wheel of the year, and many Pagans view it as one of the most important. Many Pagans believe that the during Samhain, the veil between the world of the living, and the world of the dead is thin, therefore, making it possible to communicate with the deceased. Because of this, it is an excellent time for performing divinations. Pagans wear costumes and makeup during Samhain to symbolize the deceased, who are visiting the living.
Other names: Halloween, Hallowmas, Shadowfest, All Hallow’s Eve, Witches New Year, Samhuinn
Date: October 31-November 4, when the sun is at 15 degrees Scorpio
Meaning of the word: Celtic, meaning “Summer’s End”.
Primary Focus: Transformation,regeneration, honoring the dead, divination,honoring the harvest, preparing for the winter
Life cycle: Death and spiritual transformation
Age of holiday: Approximately 6,000 years
Astrological Sign: 15 degrees Scorpio
Planetary ruler: Mars or Pluto
Color Associations: Black, Brown, Gold, Orange, Red, Silver, Yellow
Herbs: African Violet, Agaric, Apple, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cedar, Cherry, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cuckoo-Flower, Cyclamen, Deerstongue, Devil’s Bit, Elder, Edlerflower, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Ginger, Grape, Hemp, Holly, Horse Chestnut, Huckleberry, Kalbs Cross, Lavendar, Lime, Liquorice, Mandrake, Mint, Myrrh, Nettle, Nightshade, Oak, Orange, Palm-Date, Peach, Pear, Pine, Pineapple, Plum, Pomegranate, Quince, Raspberry, Rhubarb, Rowan, Saffron, Sage, Sandalwood, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Sloe, Star Anise, Strawberry, Sugar Cane, Tea, Tobacco, Vanilla, Willow, Witch grass, Witch Hazel, Wolfsbane
Stones: Amethyst, Beryl, Bloodstone Carnelian, Cat’s Eye, Coal, Coral, Danburite, Fossil, Herkimer, Jasper, Jet, Marble, Mother of Pearl, Obsidian, Onyx, Petrified Wood, Pumice, Quartz, Rhodonite, Smokey quartz, Tourmaline-Pink
Incense: Benzoin, Cedar, Cinnamon, Copal, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Lime, Mastic Resin, Mint, Mugwort, Myrrh, Orange, Patchouli, Sage, Sandalwood, Sweetgrass, Wormwood
Animals and Beasts: Bat, Cat, Crow, Elephant, Goblin, Gorgon, Harpie, Heron, Jackal, Owl, Ram, Robin, Scorpion, Stag
Symbols: Apples, Acorns, Bat, Black Cat, Bones, Cauldrons, Colored Leaves, Corn, Crows, Death, Divination, Ghosts, Gourds, Jack-o’-Lantern, Nuts, Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Scarecrow, Scythes, Waning Moon
Food: Ale, Apples, Beets, Cider, Corn, Cranberry, Herbal Teas, Meats, Nuts, Pomegranates, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Squash, Turnip
Magickal Ideas for Your Ritual:
Carving pumpkins or turnips
Fill a plastic pumpkin with gold wrapped candy and empower for prosperity
Make a family photo album or poster to place in your room. Bless during ritual for family harmony
Leaving milk and honey for fae folk
Place items in the four quarters, like crossed brooms or pumpkins
Build or erect a shrine to your ancestors
Pay respects to those in the cemetery
Making a besom/broom
Set a place at the dinner table for the recently deceased. If the lost one is a pet, place their favorite food on a plate and put where their bowls used to be
Add divination to your ritual
Making masks of the deities you’re working with
Build your altar out of hay bales
Forests misty, dark and deep
the door between the worlds release
Loved ones, family, favored pets
To join me in this evening’s fest.
The birth of new, the death of old
I will this cycle to unfold.
Each leaf that drifts upon the ground
Will bury all that is unsound
And in its place will rise anew
The gift of love the whole year through.
With harvest gold and autumn sun
I reap the best that I have done.
And as the days grow shorter still
With longer nights and winter’s chill
I’ll work to build a better place
For every soul and human race.
Wild autumn winds and crone’s dark voice
Speak to me of wisdom’s choice
Let me hear your words of fate
So I know which path to take!
Those of you who went before
Speak to me from crossroad’s door
Whispers words of love and care
Let me know that you are there.
Time: Best mixed the week prior to October 31.
1/4 cup Dittany of Crete
1/2 cup mastic gum
1/4 cup mugwort
1/2 cup patchouli
1/4 cup squill
1/2 cup wormwood
1/4 cup yarrow
9 drops lotus oil
3 drops patchouli oil
5 drops wisteria oil
Chant: The Veil between the worlds is thin. I hear the ancestors speak again.
Keep in mind, all of these are based on my opinions I found from my research. You may disagree or have something to add. Please do so kindly in the comments.
Blessed be, brothers and sisters.
*Credit to ‘Solitary Witch’ by Silver Ravenwolf