Divination at Samhain

Finale of the Dark Season

Merry meet all,

Divination is perfect for Samhain. You can perform divination any time, but the time and the energy is ideal at Samhain. 

You can use scrying mirrors, apples, acorns, and pendulums for divination. A scrying mirror has a reflective surface. Again, read the books I recommended for more tips on divination. You gaze into the reflective surface and images may appear. Trust your first impressions. You might see fire, clouds, dark stones, and be ready to receive any messages. A scrying mirror is a mirror painted black. They are easy to make. Clean a mirror of dust and spray paint the mirror black. If you apply five coats of paint, the mirror should have a good surface for scrying. 

Peel an apple, and keep the peel in one long piece. When the peel comes, drop it on the floor. The letter it forms is the initial of your true love. Wait until midnight at Samhain, and slice an apple into nine pieces. Carry the apple pieces into a dark room with a mirror. At midnight, eat the apple slices while gazing into the mirror. When  you eat the ninth piece, an image of your lover should appear in the mirror. 

Fill a cauldron with water. Try using olive oil or another essential oil in the water. The drops that float can reveal something. Or light a candle and spill the drops of wax onto the water. See what shapes the wax forms. The shape can indicate something about a future lover. 

Tie a hazelnut onto a string and use it as a pendulum. Take two nuts, one for yourself and one for your lover, place them on a grate on your fire. If they roast quick, your relationship will end quick. If they burn well, you will have a long and healthy relationship. 

Tarot cards are perfect for divinations as well. Use whatever strikes your fancy. Good luck divining your futures!!

 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch 

Spirit of Samhain

Mabon altar 2

Merry meet all,

C’mon, where’s a flash fiction story? I haven’t seen any yet. Send ’em in!

Even though the frost is almost here, I’m amazed at my garden. You can’t stop a plant from growing. I will still collect peas, a shallot, flower seeds, and other herbs for storage during winter. The flowers growing in the garden aren’t intimidated by a frost. My garden is winding down and still beautiful. I keep the leaves on the garden all winter. 

October is a magical time of year. I watched a lovely video last night about how a Witch setup her Samhain altar. She had great ideas. I admit a bit of jealousy with her amethyst sphere. Now I need one. But I also learned something from her video. I setup my own altar wrong. Perhaps she arranged her altar according to her tradition, but she put her goddess items to the left of the altar. I fixed mine. But she knew so much about Samhain. I am unable to find the video or I would have shared it here. 

Samhain is the time when the veil between the world of the living and the dead are thinnest. Samhain’s a great time to contact spirits and hold a seance. I have two reference books about contacting spirits. The Witches Book of the Dead by Christian Day and Nocturnal Witchcraft by Konstantinos. I can’t recommend these books enough. They are grounded, practical yet magical texts chock full of information on how to do it safely. I’m writing a ghost story myself, a novel, and these books were beautiful research resources. There is also my blog you can check out for information. Christian Day is a master on the subject. Weiser Books published the book. But his authority shines in the book. 

I own a round table and I plan to setup a black velvet altar cloth upon it and arrange my tools and hold a seance of my own. I know how to do this safely and have fun. Remember to concentrate on positive energy. I always place a photo of my grandfather on my altar. One important thing the Witch in the video mentioned was to only place photos of those who truly have passed on. You don’t put a picture of a living person on your altar. Also, she said if you wish to collect graveyard dirt, to do so respectfully. I will post more tomorrow about seances, incense, altar setup, and more about Samhain. 

I have to get on my broomstick and go shopping. But I wish you all a magical day. 

Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch

The hunt for orange October

Samhain scene

Merry meet all,

October is here! I hope you’re all excited as I am. In fact, I’m sure you all are. Every Witch knows what this means. It means that Samhain is almost here. That is enough to be excited about! As Ray Bradbury wrote in his creepy novel, “Something Wicked this way comes“, “October is a rare month for boys.” And girls. And Witches. 

So dust off your cauldrons and pentacles and hang on to your broomsticks!! A fun month of mystery and magic awaits. In case you’re curious, the dish towel is from Pier 1 Imports. I bought the cool black mug at Little Mysteries. They do sell online. Little Mysteries is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Today, October is heralded in with a deluge of rain. Colourful leaves litter my garden, making my garden more bewitching than ever. I will be posting here but if you are curious to learn about more ways to celebrate Samhain, you can peruse the previous Samhain posts. There’s posts about how to make your own costumes, contact spirits-safely!, make delicious recipes, incenses, and more!

So stay tuned for more about Samhain. 

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch

Candle Magick at Samhain

Merry Meet All,

27 more days to Samhain!! Leaves are trickling to the cold earth outside my window, near the birch tree. The sky is a beautiful bright blue.

Yesterday we talked about how to make a Witch costume and hat. Today we are going to look at candle magick. Samhain and the time nearing Samhain is a great time for candle magick. The veil between the worlds grows thin. October magick hovers in the air.

Look for black and orange candles at dollar stores, novelty stores, or make your own!! You can empower the candles with your energy and intent. The supplies are available at craft stores. You can get powder packets at dollar stores and novelty stores to change the color of a candle flame. The colors come in blue, green, and purple, and there may be other colors, too. I was at a bonfire once and someone changed the colors of the flames. The photo shown above is the bonfire that I attended. Remember to pick some powder packets up before a Samhain ritual for extra power to your candle magick.

Consider getting candles in the shape of black cats for a protection spell for your pet, or a candle in the shape of a skull, or whatever strikes your fancy. Add glitter to the candles, essential oils, and perhaps carve words into the candles. Samhain is the Witches’ New Year so this is a special time for celebration!

Pumpkin Candles

Pumpkins come in all sizes. Smaller pumpkins are ideal for pumpkin candles. The supplies you will require are a pumpkin or two or more, obviously, paraffin wax or soy wax chips, food coloring and essential oils, and wick. I suggest buying the wax and wick at a crafts store.

Assemble your supplies and cut the top off of the pumpkin. Scoop out the pulp of the pumpkin and reserve the seeds for roasting. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin clean. Melt the wax in a double boiler. Eight cups of dry wax will give you four cups of melted wax. Secure the wick to the bottom of the pumpkin. Before you pour the wax, add color or essential oils to the melted wax. Pour the melted wax into the pumpkin carefully. Once you pour the wax, the wick will flop over. So tie the wick to a pencil.

Once the wax has cooled, the wax will settle in the candle and you may see a small dip around the wick where the has sunk. Use leftover wax to fill in the dent. Trim the wick to 1/4′ length.

Once you burn your candle, do not leave it unattended. Do not let the inside of the pumpkin burn. Use around the house or at your altar for Samhain decorating.

Enjoy your candles!!
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch