|Also known as: Halloween, Ancestor Night, Feast of the Dead, All Hallows Eve, Hallowmass, Samana, Samhuinn, Samonios, The Feast of Sam-fuim, Geimhreadh, Shadowfest (Strega), Martinmas or Old Hallowmas (Scottish/Celtic)|
|Date: Generally October 31, but some traditions hold it on November 7, or on the first Full Moon in Scorpio|
|Symbols: Cauldron, Jack o'Lantern, Mask, Cauldron, Balefire, Besom|
|Deities: Crone Goddesses, Dying/Aging Gods, Sacrificial Gods, Death and Otherworld Deities|
|Colors: Orange and Black|
|Herbs: heather, mullein, patchouli, and sage my be burned; acorns, apples, pumpkins, oak leaves, straw, broom, dittany, ferns, and flax may be decorations.|
|Samhain (SOW-in or SAV-ayn) marked the beginning of the old Celtic new year, and many Celtic Pagans still observe Samhain as the renewal of the Wheel of the Year.|
This was the night that the old God died, returning to the Land of the Dead to await rebirth at Yule, and a time when the Crone Goddess would go into mourning for her lost son/consort, leaving her people in temporary darkness.
As in days long past, Celtic Pagans believe that the veil between the world of the living and that of the dead is at its thinnest on this night, and that the spirits of our departed loved ones walk the earth, visit family and friends, and join in the ritual celebrations. This makes Samhain a prime night for any type of spirit contact rituals.
The feeding of the dead is a widespread practice, even in modern Celtic lands. In Brittany and Ireland food is always left out for these spirit travelers, and candles are placed in windows to guide them along their way, and these were the origins of the modern Halloween customs of the jack o'lantern and trick-or-treat.
Taken from "Celtic Myth and Magick" by Edain McCoy
|The following are a few suggestions for activities that can be incorporated into the Sabbat ritual or done during the course of the day (and night).|
|Drink apple cider warmed and spiced with cinnamon to honor the dead.|
|Make resolutions and burn in a candle flame. This is not the same as ridding yourself of bad habits, but is more like New Year's resolutions, as for many Samhain is the New Year.|
|Do divinations for the next year.|
|Make a spirit candle. This is a white candle anointed with patchouli oil. Say:.|
With this candle and by its light,
I welcome you spirits this Samhain night.
Place it inside the jack o'lantern. This may be included in the Ritual, or done separately.
|Set out a mute supper.|
|Enjoy the trick or treating of the season.|
Activities taken from "Green Witchcraft" by Anne Moura (Aoumiel).
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