The Way of the Witch
Sabbats ~ Samhain
Also known as-: Shadowfest, All Souls, All hallows Eve, Halloween
Pronounced as 'Sow'ain', the most important festival in the witches year and marks the end and the beginning of the wheel of the year, just the same as new years eve. Rituals begin after dark peaking at midnight and often go on into the next day, 1st of November, which is the new year.
Samhain is linked with the death process as the warm months die out and the cold winter months step in. In the past people often took stock of their supplies ready for winter, grain they had and animals they had. Where there were short supplies, animals which were thought unable to last the long winter months were slaughtered for meat and preserved. Farmers put their fields to rest for the winter and everything that was not needed was given back to Mother Earth to rot.
Samhain is also a time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, a time when the spirits of loved ones can return and so a special place is set at the table for any who so wish to join the feast. Traditionally a candle to guide the spirits of loved ones home is lit in the window and also deters any unwanted spirits and is the origins of the pumpkin or jack-o-lantern. The spirit of the loved ones recently departed are then guided to the Summerlands, which is where the spirit rest until it is time to move on. It is also a time when the spirits can talk through us more easily and all types of divination such as scrying, tarot, runes etc are used.
It is a time when witches celebrate the wild hunt and the Horned God gathers the lost souls who linger or are unwary. The Goddess takes on her role as the Crone or Wise One and so we look for wisdom and guidance. A time to tie up loose ends, pay unpaid debts, finish arguments etc, a time to put everything to rest. Look at the changes in the weather, changes in nature and how things now begin to rest and die and decay to make way for new life and growth after the winter months.
Ideas for celebrations-:
Light the black candle that represents the past year and think about your life in the past year. Give thanks for all the successes and the good things. Consider the lessons you have learnt from failures and problems. If you have any bad issues or characteristics you need to dismiss write these on pieces of paper, think about them and burn them in the cauldron. Remember all those who have passed, animals, friends and family.
Light the white candle to represent the new year and think about
what you want to achieve or happen. Ask the Lord and Lady to bless
these endeavours. Now is a good time to use whichever divination tools
you choose and any Magik you wish to conduct.
PLEASE NOTE-: NEVER LEAVE CANDLES BURNING UNATTENDED
Sabbats ~ Samhain
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