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Samhain Rituals

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Merry meet all,

The wind sings in the trees. The sun sparkles over my street, casting a bright glow on the leaves. The blue sky is clear. It’s a beautiful October morning. A lively morning for October.

Samhain Prayers. Samhain is the time to honor the dead and a time for death and rebirth. Light a candle and meditate on what this time means to you. Record the experience in your Book of Shadows. Here is an example of a prayer:

Corn has been shucked, 
grain has been threshed, 
herbs have been hung to dry. 
Grapes have been pressed, 
potatoes have been dug, 
beans have been shelled and canned. 
It is the harvest season, 
and food is ready for winter. 
We will eat, and we will live,
and we will be grateful.

Now  who can resist a Samhain ritual? I can’t. Use black and orange candles, a black velvet altar cloth, a cauldron, red candle for fire, clean candleholders, a silver athame. Velvet is such a sensual material. This is the time to go all out on your altar. The magic works better if your altar area is clean and fresh. You can celebrate Samhain as part of the ancestor ritual or do it separately. Place a photo of a loved deceased one on your altar. 

Decorate your altar with pumpkins, gourds, a skull- crystal, if you can, roots and berries, and grave rubbings. You could use graveyard irt. Be sure to get the dirt ethically. Be respectful. Usually at Samhain many Wiccans Pagans perform a dumb supper. You solemnly honor the dead and your loved one who passed. If you are sharing the meal with family members, you can choose to speak during the ritual. 

Set the table with a dark-colored plate and set mead, wine, dark breads, and cheese on the table. Serve yourself and the other family members. Set an extra dinner plate for the ancestors. Light the candles. A serving of each food goes on the ancestors’ plate before the family members or yourself. Remember that you don’t speak during the dumb supper. Leave the food as an offering for the spirits outside. 

Let the candles burn down and leave the wine on the table for your ancestors. Think of what family means to you and what traditions you always enjoyed. You can do a separate ritual for pets. You can follow this ritual with a seance. 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch

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In anticipation of Mabon

Litha Crafts- Fire Incense

Merry meet all,

An early chill is in the air. The gardens wind down in preparation for fall. Halloween merchandise haunts the store shelves. Yup, no doubt about it. Our favourite time of year is almost here. To celebrate summer’s end, I am attending a workshop led by Starhawk this weekend. I can’t wait for this retreat and I promise to blog all about it. 

If you are searching for some inspiration on how to celebrate the upcoming Sabbats, feel free to peruse my past blog posts about Mabon and Samhain. They brim with ideas and suggestions on how to enjoy Samhain, find a costume, decorate for the Sabbats, and lots more. 

Enjoy the last of the summer warmth. When the chill creeps into the air, the leaves turn, you will know it will be time for the harvest. I always look forward to harvest time. My tomatoes are growing well, I have a new pot of green peas started, and carrots. I wish they would grow faster before the frost arrives. Mother Earth takes her time though. I spied potato leaves. I might get a potato or two before the killing frost. I saved my fern from death. The fern is growing new leaves. I will miss my garden this winter. 

I have a large black cauldron on hold at the local awesome metaphysical store Little Mysteries here. I hope I get to bring it home in time for Samhain. That would be cool because I will dedicate it at Samhain! That would be really cool. I plan to use the ultra large cauldron for spellworkings, charms and as a censer. It is too large for scrying but I am sure I can find ways to use it. Once I get it home, it will never be moved. It is that large. At least, until moving day. 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Altars for Samhain Rituals

Merry Meet All,

Here is the part I know you have been waiting for. This entry will talk about how to setup a Samhain altar, make Samhain incense, and decorate candles.

The first step in creating a Samhain altar is to physically clean and then cleanse your sacred space. Light a black candle, a small candle works best, to burn to absorb the negative energies. If your altar is on the floor, move it out from the wall and either vacuum or wash the floor. Clean your altar with a fresh mugwort infusion and salt and all of your tools as well. Samhain is the Celtic Witches New Year. You should want your altar to be clean.

Lay down a fresh clean black or orange or printed altar cloth on your altar. A black velvet cloth with trimmed edges would look stunning if you include the autumn colors and add silver and white candles for contrast. Use your finest candleholders and scrub the candleholders clean. This may seem like work but the end result is worth it.

Symbols of Samhain:

Skulls
Scythes
Sickles
Pumpkins
Ghosts
Bats
Dried leaves, acorns and nuts
Wicker men
Statues of deities
Photos of your relatives or ancestors

Set the symbolic items on your altar according to what they correspond to. Have fun dressing your altar and enjoy its clearer energy. Let the black candle burn down and remove the candle from the altar. Toss the candle outside to banish the energies from your home or in a waste basket, ensuring the candle is cold to avoid starting a fire. Light a white candle on your altar, for positive energy. Let the white candle burn down. The white candle symbolizes the new positive energy that should be vibrating around your altar now after all that work.

Polish your silver and dust your altar items. Sit at your altar and visualize a brilliant white energy coming down from your crown chakra to the altar. See the energy spreading around the altar, blessing the altar with magickal pure energy. Even though Samhain is a dark season, starting your altar off on the right broomstick counts for a lot.

Dig out your cool candleholders. If you have black and orange taper candles or mini-candles from last year, now is the time to use them. You can coat the candles in oil and glitter and carve words on them. Research cool candle lore.

Samhain Incense

Mugwort, rosemary, sage, sandalwood,dragon’s blood resin, patchouli, frankincense, myrrh, juniper berries, oak leaves, bay leaf and mandrake. Use mandrake only if you have researched the herb first and can protect yourself from its effects. Put the incense in a bowl. Think of whether you want the incense to be in a powder or a cone or stick form. Store your incense in a bowl on your altar.

Samhain Candles

You can buy or make your own candles. I posted on how to make pumpkin candles earlier. I hope that inspired you. You can also paint the pumpkin candles. When you make your own candles, empower the candles with seasonally appropriate herbs, essential oils and candles. When you are done making the candles, you can add glitter or oils and decorate the candles with ribbons and charms. Paraffin wax burns black soot and soy or beeswax- bees would add a powerful boost of energy to the candle, are more organic and environmentally-friendly. You can make the candles in almost any shape you want. Use cooking spray to remove the candles from the molds.

You now have your clean energized altar, symbols of Samhain, incense and candles. You are all set for a powerful and hopefully memorable Samhain ritual.

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

Tips:

Avoid cluttering your altar. Also, be sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire. Keep burning candles away from pets or children.

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